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    Sale 12259

    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 409

    MICHAUX, François André (1770-1855). The North American Sylva. Philadelphia and Parie: Thomas Dobson, C. d’Hautel, 1817-1819.

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    MICHAUX, François André (1770-1855). The North American Sylva. Philadelphia and Parie: Thomas Dobson, C. d’Hautel, 1817-1819.

    3 volumes, 8° (242 x 161 mm). 156 stipple-engraved plates finished by hand after P. Bessa, P.J. Redouté, H.J. Redouté and others. (Lacking half-titles and possibly several postliminary leaves, see below.) 19th-century half calf, marbled edges (upper cover vol. 1 detached, some wear to hinges and joints). Provenance: William Hughes, 1st Baron Dinorben (1767-1852) British philanthropist and politician (armorial bookplate on pastedown).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, in part a translation of Michaux’s Histoire des Arbres forestiers de l’Amérique septentrionale, published in Paris 1810-1813. This edition was published in three volumes, with volumes I and II each in 2 half volumes, and with volume 3 in 3 “half” volumes. The North American Sylva became the standard work on American trees, and was frequently reprinted through 1865. In the absence of a definitive collation for this work, this copy is sold not subject to return. See lot 404. Nissen BBI 1361; Sabin 48695; Stafleu-Cowan TL2 5962.


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