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Flora Boreali-Americana, sistens caracteres plantarum quas in America septentrionali collegit detexit.
Parisiis & Argentorati, Levrault, Anno XI-1803. 2 volumes. 4to (255 x 200 mm). pp. x, (2), 330; (4), 340, with 51 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly gilt ornamented spines with green and red gilt lettered label, sides with gilt borders (spines beautifully rebacked at a later date). First edition, large-paper (quarto) issue of 'the first comprehensive flora of North America. The Flora was, indeed, as Michaux described it, the fruit of his labors, gleaned from the long and arduous years of botanical travels and covering in its scope the whole range of his journeys in the New World, from the Bahamas and Florida northward to the region of Hudson Bay and from the Atlantic westward to the Mississippi River and the Illinois territory' (Savage and Savage). Michaux (1746-1803), a student of Bernard de Jussieu, spent ten years of exploration in America, accompanied by his son and fellow botanist François André. He was commissioned by the French government to investigate potential sources of ship timber in North America. 'His contributions to our knowledge of American plant life made for him a place of imperishable distinction as an American botanist' (Humphrey, Makers of North American botany p. 176). The plates were engraved by Plée after drawings by Pierre Joseph Redouté./The work was also issued in octavo format on inferior paper. A very clean and fine copy in an attractive binding.//Provenance: armorial bookplate with crown 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' and an Ex libris Bibliotheca botanica Christian Heuer.//MacPhail 3a; MacPhail Redoutéana 11; Stafleu and Cowan 5958.
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