Lot 359: Plumier (Charles). Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus [-Decimus], continens plantas, quas olim Carolus Plumierius, Botanicorum Princeps detexit, eruitque, atque in Insulis Antillis ipse depinxit. Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis descriptionibus, & observationibus, aeneisque tabulis illustravit Joannes Burmannus, 1st edition, Amsterdam, Sumtibus Auctoris, 1755, 10 parts bound in one volume, title printed in red and black, 262 full-page copper engraved plates, including one with hand-colouring, contemporary quarter calf, rubbed and a little wear with joints partly cracked, large folio (44 x 27 cm) Nissen BBI 1547. Sabin 63459. Sitwell, Great Flower Books 70. Hut 554. The French botanist Charles Plumier (1646-1704) undertook three botanical expeditions to the West Indies, the last two as the French King, Louis XIV's appointed botanist. He was one of the first to describe the native plants of America, the present work being a selection by the Dutch botanist Johannes Burmann, Professor of Botany at Amsterdam. (1)
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