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Nikolaus von Jacquin
FOLIO SOCIETY PLANTS OF THE AMERICAS Limited Edition Nikolaus von Jacquin
2017. Facsimile. Book is NEW and comes with its original packaging as issued from Folio Society when purchased (see photo 11). It has only been opened to check for printing imperfections or damage incurred by courier service. Folio Society Limited Edition - PLANTS OF THE AMERICAS [copy no 415] Plants of the Americas, the sumptuous second edition (1780) of the Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia - written by the Dutch-born Austrian botanist Nikolaus von Jacquin and illustrated by some of the finest botanic artists Europe has ever produced - is by the standards of any age an astounding artistic and intellectual achievement. Here for the first time, in full colour and fine detail, was a treasury of exotic plants which had never reached European shores before its author's daring voyage to the West Indies in search of new species. It was the product of a remarkable age of unfettered scientific inquiry, the Enlightenment. This was the age of the philosophers Montesquieu, Rousseau and Voltaire, of John Hume, Adam Smith and Immanuel Kant, of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. It was also a time of great scientific advancement, enabled by an unprecedented combination of rational thought and empirical observation. Franz I, the Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria, was one of the so-called 'enlightened despots' who recognised the national prestige to be won through the pioneering achievements of Enlightenment intellectuals. It was in this spirit that he invited Nikolaus von Jacquin to conduct an expedition to the Americas and bring back exotic plants and animals for h … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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