BARRELIER, Jacques (1603-1673). Plantae per Galliam, Hispaniam et Italiam observatae, text by Antoine Laurent Jussieu (1748-1836). Paris: Stephane Ganeau, 1714.
2° (382 x 240mm). Engraved frontispiece by Poilly, the frontispiece repeated as section title to plates, 334 engraved plates, comprising 1324 numbered figures of plants on 331 plates, and 3 plates of shells at end. (A minority of plates lightly browned.) Contemporary French red morocco gilt, covers with central armorial and border of fillets with crowned cypher "VMD" [Olivier 1641] at inner corners, brown morocco lettering-piece in one spine compartment, the remaining compartments with repeated cypher enclosed by rich pointillé tooling, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (edges of covers a little rubbed). Provenance: Victor Marie d'Estrées, 5th duc d'Estrées (1660-1737, binding). Beriah Botfield, purchased from Payne and Foss for 4 guineas (P. and F. Acquisitions, p. 6).
LARGE-PAPER COPY, FIRST STATE OF THESE FINELY DETAILED PLATES. Barrelier, a French Dominican doctor who travelled widely through France, Spain and Italy collecting plants and shells on his way, wrote a history of plants entitled either Hortus mundi or Orbis botanicus. Although the manuscript was lost in a fire after his death, the plates intended for the work survived and were acquired by Jussieu, successor to Tournefort as professor of botany at the Jardin des Plantes, who arranged for their publication and compiled the accompanying text. Each botanical plate has four figures showing remarkable fidelity to life. There are 4 bis figures (+406, *406, +673 and +674); while 4 numbers in the numbering sequence (827, 828, 1076 and 1256) are omitted. In this copy the approbation leaf is bound in as the last leaf of text. The book's first owner, the 5th duc d'Estrées, became Maréchal de France on the death of his father in 1703, and held high office. He became an honorary member of the Académie des Sciences in 1707, a member of the Académie française (1715) and an honorary member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (1726). Olivier notes that his library consisted of more than 20,000 volumes. Arnold Arboretum p. 59; Hunt 432; Johnston Cleveland Collections p. 331; Nissen BBI 80; Pritzel 423.