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Astragalogia nempe Astragali, Biserrulae et Oxytropidis nec non Phacae, Colutae et Lessertiae, historia iconibus illustrata.
Parisiis, J.B. Garnery, 1802. Large-folio (560 x 360 mm). pp. viii, 218, with 50 engraved plates (by Pierre Joseph Redouté). Contemporary blind stiff boards, spine with gilt-lettered black label. "Two folio editions of this work were published in 1802, of which this is the large paper. The small paper folio, according to Nissen, has 269 pages" (Cat. Redoutéana, pp. 44-45 ). Candolle in his 'Memoires' gives a charming picture of the composition of the work with Desfontaines: "Tous deux, aux coins de sa cheminee, nous passions nos matinees, lui à achever sa 'Flore Atlantique' et moi à decrire mes astragales; nous consultions reciproquement sur les objects qui exigeaient des observations delicates". "All of these publications have retained their scientific importance not in the least because of the exact and informative drawings by Redouté. The same is true of A.P. De Candolle's botanical monographs 'Astragalogia'(1802) and 'Strophanthus' (1803). Both these books are now collector's items: the large paper edition of the former as well as all copies of the latter are very rare" (Cat. Redoutéana p. 18). All the magnificent plates are after drawings by P.J. Redouté, engraved by Plée, Tardieu, a.o. A fine uncut copy. Stafleu & Cowan 984; Nissen BBI, 319.
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