Exercices de Botanique, à l'usage des commençants. Ouvrage élémentaire orné de 157 planches. Paris, Bossange, 1801.
Two large octavo volumes: : 1f., 234pp. (70 plates) / 1f., 235-438pp. (87 plates). A total of 157 hand-coloured botanical plates, as announced. Complete.
In later full sheepskin.
This is the first edition of a book of botanical 'problems' designed to test the knowledge of the horticulturalist or amateur botanist. From the description, one is tested to guess the name of the plant or flower.
The classification and nomenclature are derived from Tournefort, Linneaus and Jussieu.
The plates are lovely and finely hand-painted; some of them are signed R. Turpin.
The name of Philibert in reality was Legendre, "ancien Conseiller au Parlement", after "des fautes graves", had to change his occupation and hid behind a pseudonym which he used for several works between 1797 and 1805.
Interestingly, a contemporary hand-written table of contents and an index are bound in.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Book Title
- Exercices de Botanique, à l'usage des commençants...orné de 157 planches
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Paris, Bossange
- Binding/ Material
- Hand coloured illustrations
- Number of pages
- 23×16 cm