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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708)
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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708)

RELATION D'UN VOYAGE DU LEVANT. 1717

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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708)
Relation d'un voyage du Levant. 1717
TOURNEFORT, Joseph Pitton de (1756-1708). Relation d'un voyage du Levant. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1717.

First edition. 'In 1700, under a commission from the Comte de Pontchartrain, Tournefort left Paris for the East to collect plants and undertake other types of observations. He was accompanied by the German botanist Gundelsheimer and the artist Aubrier. He spent two years travelling through the islands of Greece and visited Constantinople, the borders of the Black Sea, Armenia and Georgia. He was preparing to go to Egypt, but news of the plague that was ravaging the country forced his early return to Paris. On his travels he is said to have collected 1356 specimens, but his system of classification, based on the form of the corolla, eventually fell out of favour' (Howgego, p.1035). Atabey 959; Blackmer 1318; Brunet V, 903; Lipperheide 1442; Nissen ZBI 4154; Weber 458.

2 volumes, quarto (248 x 183mm). Final final in vol. 2 present, 152 engraved plates, of which 5 folding (tiny marginal burn hole to plate opposite p.379 in vol. 2, occasional light browning and spotting). Contemporary calf, gilt spine, red morocco gilt lettering-pieces, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, red edges (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: bookplates removed.
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