5 April 2016
PLUMIER, Charles (1646-1704). Description des Plantes de l'Amerique. Avec leurs Figures... Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1693.
2° (428 x 269 mm). 108 engraved plates. (Some pale mostly marginal spotting.) Contemporary French red morocco gilt, central arms of Louis XIV within triple fillet border (Olivier 2494, fer 10), spine in 7 compartments with 6 raised bands, gilt-lettered in one, the rest gilt (some light wear to joints). Provenance: Louis XIV (binding); C.B. Lengrich (bookplate); Andrés Sperry (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, second issue with the corrected date on the title page. Plumier's first botanical publication. "Le Pere Plumier, a monk of the order of St. Francesco di Paula, was an important botanical traveller. Tournefort and he became friends and they herborized together throughout the Midi. After that, Plumier's travels included the Antilles and several long voyages to other islands in the West Indies and to America, where he discovered, drew, and described hundreds of new plants, many of which are shown in his own books, though much of his work had to remain unpublished until Boerhaave and Jean Burmann were able to edit part of his papers, and published them as the Plantarum Americanarum Fascisculi X in 1755-1760" (Hunt). Alden & Landis 693/137; Hunt 389; Nissen BBI 1544; Sabin 63455; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8066.
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