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Paris, de l'imprimerie de Crapelet, An IX-1801. Folio (415 x 300mm). pp. (4), (56), with 36 engraved plates. Contemporary half green morocco, gilt lettered spine in 6 compartments, marbled sides.

great classic of American botany

First edition of this great classic of American botany. André Michaux (1746-1802) compiled the first flora for eastern America and introduced many American plants into French horticulture. "... the results of Michaux's ten year sojourn in North America under the commission from the French government. His interest in North American trees was also to assess their importance as timber for the construction of naval vessels" (A catalogue of Rédoutéana, 8). 'His contribution to our knowledge of American plant life made for him a place of imperishable distinction as an American botanist' (Humphry, 'Makers of North American Botany', p. 177). 32 drawings are by P.J. Redouté, the foremost botanical artist of the period, and 4 by H.J. Redouté, engraved by Pleé and Sellier. A very clean copy.

Nissen BBI, 1358; Stafleu & Cowan 5957.