New York, East
5 June 1997
PLUMIER, CHARLES. Nova plantarum Americanarum genera. Paris: Jean Boudot, 1703.
4to, 244 x 183 mm., contemporary calf, spine gilt, corners and lower cover somewhat worn, a few minor spots lacks blank leaf C4.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Woodcut device on title, woodcut headpiece and initial on a2, 40 engraved plates. The errata corrected neatly in contemporary pen and ink.
"Father Plumier, a Franciscan born at Marseilles, made three visits to America...On the third he visited Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the coast of Brazil; and the published result was Nova plantarum Americanarum genera" (Hunt). The Catalogus, occupying 21 pages, lists several hundred new species.
Cleveland Collections 313; Hunt 407; Nissen BBI 1546; Pritzel 7214; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8067.
Provenance: Contemporary (?authorial) inscription on free front endpage: "Pour Mr. Le Percheur medecin du Roi à Reims" -- some neat old library markings -- Arpad Plesch (sale, Sotheby's London, 18 November 1975, lot 607) -- Robert de Belder.
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