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Ruiz L?pez, Hip?lito (1754-1816) and Jos? Antonio Pav?n Jim?nez
Systema Vegetabilium Florae Peruvianae et Chilensis, Characteres Prodromi Genericos Differentiales, Specierum Omnium Differentias, Durationem, Loca Natalia, Tempus Florendi, Nomina Vernacula, Vires et Usus Nonnullis Illustrationibus Interspersis Complecte
vi+455+[errata] with index. Octavo (8" x 6") bound in half leather with black and red labels to spine stamped in gilt. Although listed as "Tome Primus", one volume is all that was published. (Palau 281372; Sabin 74006) 1st edition.Hipólito Ruiz, was a Spanish botanist known for researching the floras of Peru and Chile during an expedition under Carlos III from 1777 to 1788. During the reign of Carlos III, three major botanical expeditions were sent to the New World; Ruiz and José Antonio Pavón Jiménez were the botanists for the first of these expeditions, to Peru and Chile. After studying Latin with an uncle who was a priest, at the age of 14 Ruiz López went to Madrid to study logic, physics, chemistry and pharmacology. He also studied botany at the Migas Calientes Botanical Gardens (now the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid), under the supervision of Casimiro Gómez Ortega (1741-1818) and Antonio Palau Verdera (1734-1793). Ruiz had not yet completed his pharmacology studies when he was named the head botanist of the expedition. The French physician Joseph Dombey was named as his assistant, and the pharmacologist José Antonio Pavón y Jimenez was also appointed. Completing the expedition were the botanical illustrators Joseph Bonete and Isidro Gálvez. The expedition sailed from Cádiz in 1777, arriving at Lima in April 1778. They explored throughout Peru and Chile for ten years (1778-1788), collecting specimens. The expedition collected 3,000 specimens of plants and made 2,500 life-sized botanical illustrations. When they returned to Spain they brought back a great ma … [Click Below for Full Description]
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