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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 51

    DALÉCHAMPS, Jacques (1513-1588). Histoire générale des plantes, contenant xviii livres également départis en deux tomes. Lyon: Heirs of Guillaume Rouille, 1615.

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    DALÉCHAMPS, Jacques (1513-1588). Histoire générale des plantes, contenant xviii livres également départis en deux tomes. Lyon: Heirs of Guillaume Rouille, 1615.

    2 volumes, 2o (378 x 233 mm). Title-pages printed in red and black. Woodcut devices on title-pages, woodcut initials, and numerous woodcuts in text. ("Indice de l'histoire generale des plantes" misbound at end of vol. 2, vol. 2 title-page repaired, vol. 1 title-page reinforced along gutter, some occasional light dampstaining and worming occasionally affecting some letters.) Modern calf gilt, spines gilt. Provenance: Vignon (signature on title-pages); Pensionnat H. Rodin (ink stamps on title-pages).

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH, translated by Jean des Moulins and following the first edition in Latin published in 1586-1587. Daléchamps was a French physician, botanist, and humanist who studied under Rondelet at Montpellier. Although criticized for its inaccuracies by the Swiss botanist Gaspard Bauhin, Daléchamps' work is "regarded as one of the most complete botanical compilations of its time and is supposed to be the first to describe much of the unique botany of the region around Lyons" (Johnston/Cleveland Collections 129 (first edition)). Nissen BBI 447; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1297. (2)


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