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Nova Plantarum genera juxta Tournefortii methodum disposita quibus plantae MDCCCC recensentur . quarum vero figuram exhibere visum fuit.
typis Bernardi Paperinii, Florence 1729 - (11 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches). Title in red and black with engraved vignette. 108 engraved plates, 1 engraved head-piece, 2 tail-pieces and 2 initials. (Blindstamp to margin of title, 1 preliminary and 2 text leaves and the final plate). Expertly bound to style in contemporary German mottled calf, the upper cover with large centrally-placed 'TGC' monogram, the lower cover with related coroneted gilt arms, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, contemporary patterned endpapers in blue and red Provenance: TGC (binding); Flower Bookstore (blindstamp) An attractive copy of this beautifully-printed first edition of an important work by Micheli the "father of modern mycology" (Moselio Schaechter). Micheli's major work. Stafleu writing in Linnaeus and the Linnaeans states that this is the best work on fungi produced in the late Tornefort era, from a systematic point of view as well as from a general biological standpoint. Micheli was one of the most prominent botanists of his age (Linnaeus named the genus Michelia, a Southeast Asian relative of the magnolia, in his honour), he was appointed botanist to Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1706 and served as "professor of botany in Pisa [and] curator of the Orto Botanico di Firenze . He discovered the spores of mushrooms, was a leading authority on cryptogams, and . [named] several important genera of microfungi including Aspergillus and Botrytis." The present work marked a major advance in our knowledge of fungi. Micheli gives "descriptions of 1900 plants, of which about 1400 were described for the first time. Among these were 900 fungi and lichens, accompanied by 73 plates. He included information on 'the planting, origin and growth of fungi, mucors, and allied plants', and was the first to point out that fungi have reproductive bodies or spores." Hunt 480; Nissen BBI 1363; Stafleu & Cowan 5974. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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