4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
PLUMIER, Charles. Traité des fougeres de l’Amerique. Paris: L’Imprimerie Royale, 1705.
2° (409 x 261 mm). Half-title, French and Latin text, engraved royal arms on title, 172 engraved plates, a number with several subjects. 18th century French mottled calf spine gilt in 7 compartments, with red morocco lettering-piece in second (light wear to spine ends, some rubbing).
FIRST EDITION, recording Plumier’s third voyage to the Americas including Guadeloupe, Martinique and the Brazilian coast in 1695. His findings were published in the present work and his Nova plantarum americanum genera, Paris, 1703. "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and described hundreds of new plants, many of which are shown in his own books, though much of his work had to remain unpublished until Boerhaave and Jean Burmann were able to edit part of his papers, and published them as the Plantarum Americanarum Fascisculi X in 1755-1760" (Hunt 389). Cleveland Collections 315 (GC copy this copy); Nissen BBI 1548; Sabin 63458; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8068.
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