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Exposition des familles naturelles et de la germination des plantes.
Paris, Treuttel et Würtz/ Strasbourg, même Maison de Commerce, An XIII.-1805. 2 volumes. 4to (250 x 188mm). pp. (2), 7, (1), lxiii, (1),512; (4), 473, (1), with 117 engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand. Contemporary half calf, richly gilt ornamented spine with gilt lettered green label. The rare Large Paper issue. Jaume Saint-Hilaire (1772-1845) was a French botanist and is best known for his famous 'Plantes de la France'. Only large paper copies have coloured plates. The fine plates are after drawings by the author. "Among those who worked under van Spaëndonck or Redouté, or who based their style on pure water-colour technique which Redouté learned from his master, may be mentioned Turpin, Poiteau, Bessa, Mme. Vincent, Jaume-Saint-Hilaire, Chazal and Prêtre. Most of these artists were the equals of Redouté in technical skill, and given his opportunities might have won the same renown... Jaume-Saint-Hilaire was no less distinguished as a botanist, and his introduction into France of 'Polygonum tinctorum', which yields a valuable blue dye, was of considerable importance" (Blunt & Stearn pp. 205 & 209). Small paper repair on both titles. A very fine and clean copy.//Stafleu & Cowan 3305.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History]
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