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HALLER, Albrecht von.
Opuscula sua botanica.Göttingen, Johann Wilhelm Schmid, 1749. 8vo. With engraved arms on title-page and 5 engraved folding plates. 19th-century paste paper boards.
Blake, p. 196; W. Jardine, The naturalist's library X, p. 26; Stafleu & Cowan 2308. First and only edition of a work comprising a number of botanical essays written by the Swiss naturalist and anatomist Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777). "In 1749 he collected his isolated observations of the genera and species of plants, and on their fructification; and published them in a volume entitled Opuscula botanica" (Jardine). The work consists of six parts. The first deals with Haller's journey through the Alps in 1731, studying its flora. The second is a lecture on the methodological study of botany: "Haller was among the first botanists to realize the importance of herbaria to study variation in plants and he therefore purposely included material from different localities, habitats and developmental phases. Haller also grew many plants in the Alps himself" (Stafleu & Cowan). The following parts deal successively with Haller's botanical research in the "Hercynian Forest" in Germany (1 plate), the use of botany, botanical researches in Switzerland (2 plates), ending with an essay on garlic (2 plates).Some owner's annotations in ink on flyleaf. Title-page and folding plates foxed, leaves only slightly browned with some occasional minor foxing. Binding worn along the extremities. Overall a good copy.
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