A nice copy of a little-known edition of this influential work

Tournefort, J. de

Institutiones Rei herbariae. Editio tertia, appendicibus aucta ab Antonio de Jussieu.

Published 1769
Item ID 16579

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Lyon, Typographia Regia, 1769. Three parts in two thick volumes. 4to (24.8 x 19.1 cm). Two engraved titles and one engraved title vignette, one nice engraved text vignette; xxxii, [xvi], 695, [vi], 58 pp.; 489 engraved plates. Uniform contemporary style grained half morocco over marbled boards. Spines with gilt lines, vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers.

This edition includes the Tabulae Generum (58 pp.) and Corollarium Institutionum Rei Herbariae in quo plantae 1356 munificentia L. Magni in orientalibus reg. obserratae recensentur... (3 ll.). "The significance of Tournefort to eighteenth-century botany, and to that of today, lies in his having classified all plants into genera... The Institutiones (1700) was in the main a translation of the Eléments de botanique into Latin; and the Corollarium Institutionum Rei Herbariae (1703) was a supplement written on his return from his travels into the Near East, describing 1350 genera which he had found there" (Hunt). This is a later printing of the third (1719) edition, which is more common. A nice copy with broad margins. Plate 270 bound in upside down; tear in the lower margin of the half-title to the "Tabulae generum"; inoffensive dampstain to the gutter, only in the rear, a bit more so on the very last few leaves. Some very light spots in the margins of the text and one plate repaired at the edge. Overall a very good copy, with broad margins. Hunt 450; Nissen BBI, 1977; Stafleu and Cowan, 14.783.

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