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Michaux, François-André
The North American Sylva, or, a Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia
C. d'Hautel, Paris, 1819. Desirable edition of a classic of American natural history. This publication is the most important work relating to American trees published in the 19th century, written by one of the greatest naturalists to work in America. The beautifully-executed plates illustrate leaves and nuts or berries of American trees across the entire continent. Michaux's work is based on extensive travels in the eastern half of America from the 1790s on. Thomas Jefferson and other leading figures, who aided Michaux in work and travels. The letterpress for this edition was printed in Paris, as were the engraved plates. The text was printed by C. D'Hautel, the plates were executed by the engraver Gabriel and others after original drawings by the great French botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté, and his associate Pancrace Bessa. 3 volumes Octavo. (10 1/4" x 6 1/2"). 156 hand-finished colour-printed stipple-engraved plates after P.J. Redouté (27), P. Bessa (92) and others by Gabriel (108), Bessin (16) and others. Rebound in dark green leather with gold stamping Condition Very good with slight foxing on some pages [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Fortuna Books and Prints [Cobleskill, NY, U.S.A.]
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