Another rare work in the auction is Herbarius Patavie ("Flora of Passau"), the second printed book in Germany with botanical illustrations in woodcuts, published in Passau, Bavaria in 1485. “The work is finely illustrated with 150 woodcuts that are also colored by hand at an early stage. An early incunabulum in a fine condition coming from the magnificent botanical library of Arpad Plesch, Hungary. A real gem”, said Fahlstedt.
Wallin (1934–2021) began his professional career working for the Swedish commercial bank Svenska Handelsbanken, after which he was employed by the construction company Beijers working under Anders Wall. His interest in books and nature was inspired by his parents, both avid book collectors and interested in natural history. Wallin's father also collected topographical literature on the province of Skåne. Wallin began collecting seriously after moving to Stockholm in the 1970s and frequently visited antiquarian bookshops as well as attended auctions. His line of work also required extensive travel, foremost to the European continent and the US, and he usually took the opportunity to combine the business trips with visits to leading antiquarian booksellers and auction houses. Many of his collection's more important and valuable works were acquired on those occasions.