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Traité des Arbres Forestiers: ou histoire et description des arbres indigènes ou naturalisés dont la tige a de trente a cent vingt pieds d'élévation et sert aux constructions civiles et navales ... ouvrage précédé d'une instruction sur la culture des arbres, par M. Thouin
Paris: Chez L'auteur, Rue Furstemberg, No. 3, 1824. Large octavo. (10 1/2 x 6 7/8 inches). Lithographic portrait frontispiece of Duhamel Dumonceau by Langlumé, 90 colour-printed stipple- and line-engraved plates. Later 19th-century dark green half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. A fine copy of this important work on the larger trees to be found in France, with instructions on how to grow them. Jaume Saint-Hilaire was born in Grasse in the south of France. During the French Revolution he served in the army taking part in the Italian campaign before returning to civilian life in 1800 to study agriculture and the natural sciences. A gifted artist, he also studied flower painting under Gérard van Spaendonck, and went on to provide illustrations for his own works. He was a supporter of the classification system proposed by Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu (1748-1836), and wrote a number of natural history works. The best-known is his multi-volume Plantes de la France and the two off-shoots of this work, Traite des arbrisseaux et de arbustes (Paris: 1825), and the present work. In this work, Jaume Saint-Hilaire describes and illustrates all the indigenous and introduced trees above a certain size which would or had proved useful in construction. The resulting beautifully-illustrated work covers all the best-known European trees but also includes about 20 trees which are of American origin. Brunet III, col. 518; Nissen BBI 990; Stafleu & Cowan II, 3310.
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