Paris: C. L. F. Pancoucke, 1819-1820.
One of 25 large paper copies in quarto. Engraved table, large folding engraved and color-printed plate and 64 engraved plates by Turpin, printed in colors and finished by hand. , vi, 250, ; 159, , 3, ; , ii, -184, pp. Uncut. 2 vols. Quarto. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper covered boards, spines with wide semi-raised bands ruled in gilt. Minor wear at edges. Some foxing to the text Great Flower Books, p. 127; Dunthorne 221; Pritzel 7234; Stafleu 8115; Nissen 349 and 2014 (notes). Provenance: M. Merisse (inscription on the endpapers dated 1879); R. Riguet (bookplate). Item #321055
"Beautifully engraved plates illustrating the science of botany" (Dunthorne)
Published as the last volume of P.P. Chaumeton's Flore Medicale, the work was issued separately in three different formats: a regular issue in octavo, 25 large-paper copies in quarto on papier velin (as here) and 10 copies in folio, printed on vellum with gold borders. The text of the third volume, with the 64 color-printed plates, was issued separately as well by Turpin under the third volume sectional title: Essai d'une Iconographie Elementaire et Philosophique des Vegetaux. The original watercolors for the work by Turpin, among the most gifted botanical artists of the periord, survive in the Lindley Library.
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