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[ROBIN, Jean (1550-1629).] Histoire des plantes, nouvellement trouvées en l'isle Virgine et autres lieux, lesquelles ont esté prises et cultivée au jardin de Monsieur Robin Arboriste du Roy. Paris: Guillaume Macé, 1620.
[ROBIN, Jean (1550-1629).] Histoire des plantes, nouvellement trouvées en l'isle Virgine et autres lieux, lesquelles ont esté prises et cultivée au jardin de Monsieur Robin Arboriste du Roy. Paris: Guillaume Macé, 1620.

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[ROBIN, Jean (1550-1629).] Histoire des plantes, nouvellement trouvées en l'isle Virgine et autres lieux, lesquelles ont esté prises et cultivée au jardin de Monsieur Robin Arboriste du Roy. Paris: Guillaume Macé, 1620.

Half-sheet 8° (117 x 79mm). Collation: A8. 16pp. Title within woodcut printed border filled with plants and animals, 14 woodcuts of plants within text. (Very faint marginal browning and staining.) Modern vellum; modern box.

THE FIRST BOOK DEDICATED TO BOTANY TO INCLUDE NORTH AMERICAN PLANTS. Among the woodcuts, which are accompanied by brief descriptions of the characteristics of the plants and their origins, are five from the New World, four from Europe, and five from Asia. On the verso of the title reference is made to this edition as the second, but no copy of the first edition (if it exists) is known. The work has been variously ascribed to Jean Robin, Geofroy Linocier, and Antoine Du Pinet. 'OF EXTREME RARITY' (Sabin). Besides the copies held by the Bibliothèque nationale and the British Library (both bound with Geofroy Linocier's Histoire des plantes aromatique. Paris, 1619), only 12 other institutional copies can be identified. John Carter Brown II, p.149; Pritzel 7672; Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) 1378; Sabin 72042 (correcting the entry for 32014).

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