A unique botanical item of great charm and scientific value

Mathieu, [A.] A.

Description des bois des essences forestières les plus importantes.

Published 1855
Item ID 74970
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Nancy, Grimblot et Veuve Raybois, 1855. Text volume 8vo (20.2 x 13.4 cm). 39 pp. Original printed wrappers; "Atlas volume" consisting of a folded sheet with half-title, title, preface, and alphabetical index, and 60 thin wood-slices mounted on folded paper sheets (13.4 x 10.0 cm), each with a printed oval label with a species name. Preserved in original book-resembling clamshell box; with quarter red calf over grained green boards, gilt-ornamented, rounded spine and marbled edges.

A very rare item, written by the French botanist and agronomist Antoine Auguste Mathieu (1814-1890), author of the Flore forestière (1858). Thin slices of sixty wood-specimens of as many different trees are neatly tipped in in uniform passepartouts, consisting of folded sheets with a central, oval hole, exposing the samples on one side, and protecting them at the other side. The text volume folded horizontally, so as to fit neatly in the box. Armorial bookplate with the initials O. G. [i.e., Marie-Charles Barthélémy Victor "Octave" Grandjean, Baron d'Alteville (1820-1861)] mounted on the inside of the lid. Inscribed in an old hand on the rear wrapper, "Mr Nördlinger, profess. de Sylvieculture à Hohenheim", this being the German forester, botanist, and entomologist Hermann von Nördlinger (1818-1897). Stamp of Bde [Baron] Grandjean d'Alteville, Sous-inspecteur des Forêts, on the blank verso of the first leaf, next to a round stamp with the text: " Preismedaille IV - London -Ausstellung -1851 -Nördlinger." An excellent copy. Neither in Cat. BM(NH) nor in Stafleu and Cowan, nor in Brunet.

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