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Michaux, F[rancois] Andrew, and Nuttall, Thomas
The North American Sylva; A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia, in 6 Vols
Robert P. Smith, Philadelphia, 1853. Collectible set of this desirable, most important, early American work in the botanical field focused on trees. The 1853 edition is very uncommon versus later. These six identical volumes include 3 translated from Michaux's 1817-19 seminal work. Nutall's volumes are subtitled, "Not Described in the Work of F. Andrew Michaux". 8 vo., 10.5" x 6.25", All volumes between pp. 123 - 148. Michaux is Illustrated by 156 hand coloured copperplate engravings by Redoute, Bessa. Nuttall has 121 lithographed plates coloured by A. Biegeman. Sparkling gilted edges, light foxing on about half of plates, more so on the rear. All volumes have full title pages. Spines have uniform darkening and rubs along the vertical edge, wear at some corners. Michaux's works were originally published in Paris in 1817-19 based upon his travels across in eastern America with his father from 1790 to 1812, after which he returned to France. Nuttall built upon this work traveling even further west, across the Rockies and on to Hawaii in the 1820s - 30s and recorded previously undocumented species. "For thousands of miles my chief converse has been in the wilderness with the spontaneous productions of Nature; and the study of these objects and their contemplation has been to me a source of constant delight." (V. 3, p. x). Green leather with 5 raised bands, titling in gilt on spine, brilliant gilt flowers, Jalap binweed with trumpeter flower and heart shaped leaf, on front and back cover surrounded by decorative border of arabesques and twined vines, gilt border on inside edges … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts IOBA [Portland, OR, U.S.A.]
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