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BONAFOUS, MATHIEU. Histoire naturelle, agricole et économique du Maïs. Paris: Madame Huzard, Bocca in Turin, 1836.
Folio, 40 x 345mm., contemporary purple straight-grained half morroco, spine faded, some spotting to contents, marginal in the main, half title creased
FIRST EDITION. Half-title, wood-engraved vignette illustrations and decorations, 15 colour-printed steel-engraved plates finished by hand and 5 engraved plates of milling machinery.
In this "Rare work [on maize]... is accounted the history of the plant and its economic impact as a food crop, as well as a decription of the varieties then grown in France... [It includes}... the last technical botanical painting by Redouté [plate Vbis]. At the time this work was prepared, more than 20 cultivars of maize were grown in Europe" (MacPhail). The other artists employed on the work include Poiteau, Anga Bottione-Rossi, Julia Duport and Meunier.
Great Flower Books p.51; I.MacPhail in Lawrence, A Catalogue of Redoutéana exhibited at the Hunt Botanical Library (Pittsburgh: 1963) 23; Nissen BBI 198.
Provenance: Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London, 27 April 1987, lot 38).
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