Le regne végétal, divisé en traité de botanique générale, flore médicale, usuelle et industrielle, horticulture botanique et pratique, plantes agricoles et forestières, histoire biographique et bibliographique de la Botanique. [INCLUDING] Dictionnaire étymologique des termes de botanique. [Complete].
Item ID 72747
Paris, Théodore Morgand, 1864-1871. 17 volumes in 18 [11 text volumes; seven plate volumes] with over 4,200 pp., and 411 (406 finely hand-coloured) engraved plates with more than 3,000 illustrations, and four large, double-folded engraved maps, printed in red and black. Large 4to (27.1 x 17.1–20.1 cm). Uniform contemporary boards; spines with two morocco labels with gilt titles. An important and marvellously illustrated contribution to general botany and more, in particular, to the botany of France. The work is divided into six sections, as follows: Traité de botanique générale , with three text volumes and two atlases with 103 plates. Stafleu and Cowan list two text volumes, but in this set the Dictionnaire étymologique des termes de botanique is bound separately; Flore médicale in three text volumes and three plate volumes with 150 hand-coloured engraved plates; Horticulture. Jardin potager et jardin fruitier with one text and one plate volume (56 plates); Horticulture. Végétaux d'ornement with one text volume and one plate volume (52 plates); Plantes agricoles et forestières with one text volume and one plate volume (50 plates); and Précis de l'histoire botanique pour servir de complément a l'étude de Regne végétal , with four folding maps. All plates are finely hand-coloured copper engravings, all after Baumert and engraved by Lebrun. The last part was written by ‘L. G.’. Stafleu and Cowan could not identify this author, but, as Jules Brunel pointed out in Nature , vol. 163 (1949), it seems reasonable to believe that it is the editor of the series, Léon Guérin, using only initials, and could have been done out of prudency, as the editor had no botanical background, and, as stated by Brunel, it “seems to have been inspired mainly by Pritzel’s first edition of ‘Thesaurus literaturae botanicae’ (1851)”. The plate volumes somewhat wider than the text volumes, allowing more space for the fine engravings. Some shelf wear to the edges, a few labels a bit chipped at edges; some foxing throughout but mostly in the margins. In all a very good, complete set. Rare. We found only three auction records since WWII. Nissen BBI, 568; Pritzel, 2545; Stafleu and Cowan, 9110 (under Reveil). A rare complete set of this beautifully illustrated work