Florae Senegambiae tentamen, seu historia plantarum in diversis Senegambiae regionibus a peregrinatoribus Perrottet et Lepreur detectarum... Tomes primus (all published).

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Paris, Treuttel and Wurz, 1830-1832. Folio (370 x 285mm). pp. xi, 316, (6), with 72 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lines, ornaments and lettering, marbled sides.

The very rare Large Paper issue with coloured plates of this early work on the flora of Senegal and Gambia

The very rare Large Paper issue with coloured plates of this early work on the flora of Senegal and Gambia. The regular issue was published in small 4to with plain plates. The fine plates are by J. Decaisne. It was G.S. Perrottet who collected the plants. In 1824 he was appointed to direct a government outpost and trading company in Senegambia. After publishing the present work together with Guillemin and Richard he was assigned by the Parisian Museum of Natural History to the botanic garden in Pondicherry, India as an agricultural botanist. The earliest botanical collections reported in the area of the Senegambia under French influence were carried out in the mid-18th century by Michel Adanson (1727?1806), who would become a distinguished French naturalist.
The fine plates are by Joseph Decaisne (1807-1882) a distinguished botanist, who rose from the position of a simple gardener to be leading botanist in France.
The colouring of the plates is refined and beautiful. The printed wrappers to the 8 parts are bound in.

Provenance: Bibliotheque de V. Perdonnet on backcover, label of G. Perdonnet and armorial coat of arms of Henry Rogers Broughton on inside frontcover.

Stafleu & Cowan 2211; Nissen BBI, 766.