Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. [N. Jolyclerc] - Elemens de Botanique, ou Methode pour Connoitre les Plantes. With 489 engraved plates - 1797

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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. [N. Jolyclerc] - Elemens de Botanique, ou Methode pour Connoitre les Plantes. With 489 engraved plates - 1797
Biology, Botany, Illustrated, Natural History, Science (general) - Quantity: 6 - Book

A new edition, enlarged by Nicholas Jolyclerc. 6 volumes, all with their half-titles, and a total of 489 copper engraved plates.
Octavo, pp xvi, 480; 436; 452; 416; +244 plates; +245 plates, red edges throughout, half calf and boards, red leather labels, lightly rubbed.

A particularly clean and tight set, with only very occasional light imperfections.
Plates 44-53 have tiny dimple in the centre.
Plate 81 has a small hole in the centre, with slight loss of the engraved surface.
Plate 249 is stained in the margin (see illustration).
Plate 472 is faintly water-stained over half its surface.
One plate has a very slight marginal tear.
About 19 plates have very slight loss to the margin - this appears to be due to paper quality. (see illustrations for one example).

Despite these minor imperfections, this is still an impressiva and attractive set.

[Tournefort divides plants into two main subdivisions; herbs and trees and shrubs and and then divides them on the basis of their flower and fruit giving rise to 22 main ‘Classes’. Tournefort’s main lasting contribution is that of the genus in the modern sense, limiting it to the smallest groups of species and providing formal collated descriptions for nearly 698 genera, many of which had been known since classical times.]

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
6
Subject
Biology, Botany, Illustrated, Natural History, Science (general)
Author/ Illustrator
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. [N. Jolyclerc]
Book Title
Elemens de Botanique, ou Methode pour Connoitre les Plantes. With 489 engraved plates
Condition
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1797
Edition
Reprint
Language
French
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Pierre Bernuset
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Number of pages
1784
Dimensions
225×150 mm
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