18 December 2002
LABILLARDIERE, Jacques-Julien, Hauton de (1775-1834). Novae Hollandiae plantarum specimen. Paris: D. Huzard, 1804-1806.
2 volumes, 4o (338 x 250 mm). Half-titles. 265 engraved plates by Dien, Plée (father and son) and Sellier after Piron, Poteau Suvage and Turpin (plate 180 laid down, some pale dampstaining in vol.II). Nineteenth-century half calf, "M.H.S." stamped in gilt on spines (covers detached, worn). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplates dated 1887; stamps).
FIRST EDITION of this important description and illustration of the plants collected during the expedition under Rear-Admiral Bruny d'Entrecasteaux in search of La Perouse, 1791-95. Labillardiere, the French explorer and botanist, had studied medicine at Montpellier and had travelled in Syria in 1786 (his Icones plantarum Syriae rariorum began its publication in 1791). Ferguson 395; Nissen BBI 1116; Pritzel 4963; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4071. (2)
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