REGNAULT, Nicolas Francois (1746-ca 1810) and Geneviève de Nagis REGNAULT (1746-1892). La Botanique mise la portée de tout le Monde: ou collection des Plantes d'usage dans la Medecine, dans les Alimens et dans les Arts. Avec des notices instructives puisées dans les auteurs les plus celebres, contenant la description, le climat, la culture, les propreits et les vertus propres chaque plante. Precédé d'une introduction la Botanique ou dictionnaire abrgé des principaux termes employs dans cette science. Paris: Published by the Author and Didot le jeune, -1774-.
4 volumes, large 2o (472 x 372 mm). 2 engraved titles, 375 (of 472) hand-colored engraved plates by or after the Regnaults (i.e. 3 plates of botanical details numbered I-III, 372 unnumbered plates), 2-page letterpress "Table des Noms des Plantes" (shaved at head) and engraved "Introduction à la Botanique" in Vol. I (some occasional light soiling and spotting throughout, few text leaves closely trimmed). Modern black quarter leather (spine broken on vol. I). Provenance: Séminaire de Philosophie, Montreal (ink stamp on front flyleaf; blind stamp on title and first plate in each volume).
FIRST EDITION OF 'PERHAPS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FRENCH BOTANICAL BOOK OF THE PERIOD' (Blunt & Stearn  p.171). The authors concentrated on plants that were useful, initially limiting the work to plants with medical uses, but eventually including edible plants and others of a wider use to man. The vast majority of the plates were drawn from life and a signficant number are printed in brown. All show the subject plant, with a section of root and details of flowers and fruits, and underneath each image an identification by their common names, in as many European languages as possible. The facing single page of text includes an identification of plant according to the classification systems of Linnaeus, Tournefort and Adanson, a botanical description of the plant followed by its uses, then general comments including historical references. The present copy, complete through plate 372, shows some variation (as usual) in the peripheral text. Blunt & Stearn, p.171; Cleveland Collections 517; Dunthorne 256; Great Flower Books, (1990), p.131; Nissen BBI 1600; Pritzel 7475; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8810. (4)