6116. Kalm's travels in North America 2 volumes

KALM, PEHR. (2). En resa til Norra America... I-III. Stockholm (Lars Salvius) 1753-61.

8:o (about 173x103 mm). (24), (1)-484, (20); (2), (1)-526, (22); (1)-538, (14) pp. 1 engraved folding plate in part 3, ("Cohoss forss eller fall vid Mohaks flod", all), and some woodcuts in the text, of which two full-page.
Brown contemporary half leather bindings, partly worn, slightly faded spines in five compartments, pasted label in upper compartment to one vol. Minor foxing. Old signatures on inside of upper boards P. E. Bergfalk and Th. Rabenius. 2 volumes.

Schiötz 511a***; Pritzel 4572; Krok 337:8. Original and first Swedish edition.
Kalm (1717-79) wrote his important 18th century account of American natural history. He travelled in America (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Canada) between 1748 and 1751 "with a view of introducing plants for food, medicine or manufacture in Sweden" (The Linnaeus catalogue, Sandbergs bokhandel, 1957). Among other tasks assigned him byLinnaeus, was to find to find strains of Morus rubra, a plant which should supply food for silk worms.