Flora Orientalis sive enumeratio plantarum in Oriente a Graecia et Aegypto ad Indiae fines hucusque observatarum.
Basileae, H. Georg, 1867-1888. 6 volumes (including supplement). Royal-8vo (235 x 145mm). pp. xxxiv, 1017; 1159; 1033; 1276; 868; xxxiii, 466, with 1 portrait (of Boissier) and 6 plates (including 1 map). Contemporary half calf, richly gilt decorated spines in 6 compartments with gilt lettering, marbled sides.
Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810-1885) was a prominent Swiss botanist and explorer and collected extensively in Europe, North Africa and western Asia. On occasion accompanied by his daughter Caroline and her husband."Pierre-Edmond Boissier's work and personality never cease to impress. Most conspicuous perhaps is his rich taxonomic output, which can be compared only with that of A.P. de Candolle and George Bentham. More than 6000 new species were described by Boissier ... his fundamental 'Flora Orientalis' contains descriptions of 11.681 species ..." (Taxon, oct. 1970). "A model of good floristic exposition, comparable to other works of the Candollean school... Boissier's flora ever since has represented a foundation for regional floristic research and flora-writing... So well satisfied were user needs by 'Flora Orientalis' that until the mid-twentieth century there was little apparent demand for up-to date works... The introductory section in volume 1 incorporates chapters on botanical exploration, floristic regions... Volume 6, the Supplementum, edited by Boissier' s associate Robert Buser following the author' s death in 1885, comprises additions and corrections to the five volumes of the main work (Frodin, D.G. Guide to standard floras of the world pp. 693 & 695). A very attractive uniformly bound copy. Stafleu & Cowan 611.
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