The North American Sylva
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The North American Sylva

MICHAUX AND NUTTALL, 1857

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The North American Sylva
Michaux and Nuttall, 1857
MICHAUX, François André (1770-1855) and Thomas NUTTALL (1786-1859). The North American Sylva; or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. Philadelphia: D. Rice & A.N. Hart, 1857.

Charles Evans's set of this most important work on American trees. "Few American color plate books had such lasting popularity as this classic work on American trees, or as tangled a publication history... In 1856 a fire destroyed the premises of the publisher of the joint edition. The Michaux plates were saved, but the Nuttall stones were evidently lost, and the later joint editions used new stones" (Stamped with a National Character). "Of the two works united, it is no exagerration to remark that it is the most complete work of its kind, and is a production of unrivalled interest and beauty (Sabin). Bennett p.76; Sabin 48695, 56351; Stamped with a National Character 21.

Five volumes, large octavo (267 x 174mm). 277 hand-colored engraved or lithographed plates. Orginal blind-tooled morocco, spines gilt, all edges gilt (scattered scrapes and scuffs, hinges cracked or weak). Provenance: Charles Evans, librarian and bibliographer, 1850-1935 (ownership inscriptions in each volume, dated 1904) – Christopher Heublein Perot (ownership inscriptions dated 1970, bookplates).

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