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Novae Hollandiae Plantarum specimen.
Paris, Huzard, 1804-1806. 2 volumes. Large-4to (325 x 255mm). pp. 112; 130, (1), with 265 engraved plates. New period style red half calf, richly gilt ornamented spines, marbled sides. The first general flora of Australia (southwestern Australia and Tasmania), based on plants collected by Labillardière on the expedition in search of "La Pérouse". The plates are after drawings by Turpin, P.J. Redouté, Piron, Poiteau, Sauvage, and the author. "It is the most exciting publication of illustrations of Australian plants since the first publication of Dampier's collection, a hundred years earlier. Containing 265 plates, it is extensive and exquisite. The uncoloured copper engravings, mostly by Auguste Plée and his son Victoire Plée... The combination of the engraver Plée, with artists Poiteau, Turpin and Redouté exemplifies great craftmanship in botanical illustration. Nevertheless some of the work is flat indicating that the drawings were taken from herbarium specimens; others have great depth and surely were taken from living material. The publication of the 'Novae....' resulted in a total of 370 Australian species described by that time according to an estimate by Dryander (Banks' librarian). Approximately three quarters of these plantes were illustrated by published plates, with many species being illustrated more than once. The impressive total, though, is largely due to the efforts of Labillardière. The associates of Labillardière and the artists contributing to the 'Novae...' represent a 'who is who' of botany and botanical illustration of contemporary France. Frans Stafleu describes the years 1790 to 1840 as the 'golden half-century of French botanical illustration'. Certainly, the French artists associated with the Australian plant material helped raise the lustre' (H. Hewson, Australia. 300 years of botanical illustration p. 58). 'Notwithstanding his rather difficult relations with Napoleon, Labillardiere evidently received some governmental support for his publication....'(Stafleu p. 37).//Jacques de Labillardière (1755-1834) was one of the great traveller-naturalists of the 18th century and is famous for his account of his voyage to the South Seas with Brun d'Entrecasteaux in search of La Pérouse in 1791-93. A beautifully bound copy.//Provenance: armorial bookplate of Domahidy and a library stamp on title pages as well as on last text leaves. //Stafleu & Cowan 4071; Nissen BBI, 1116.
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