A fine copy of a rarely seen work on Theophrastus

[Theophrastus] Stackhouse, J.

Illustrationes Theophrasti in usum botanicorum praecipue perigrinantium.

Published 1811
Item ID 73769

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Oxonii (Oxford), Clarendon, 1811. 8vo (21.7 x 13.8 cm). viii, 92 pp.; mezzotint portrait, one engraved plate. 19th-century ruled half linen over marbled boards. Printed label on the spine.

John Stackhouse (1742-1819) was a British botanist principally interested in Spermatophytes and algae. He published, for instance, the Nereis Britannicae or a Botanical Description of British Marine Plants. The present work was aimed at clarifying the plant genera and species used by Theophrastus, containing a lexicon and providing the Linnaean names. The plate depicts two Pinus species. Tiny, cryptic bookplate of Henry [or Henri] Duhamel (1853-1917), a French bibliophile, mountaineer, author, and skiing pioneer. "He introduced the practice of skiing to his circle of friends at Grenoble, leading to the creation of the first ski club in France. ... Duhamel's library was dispersed at two sales in Lyon in 1921 and 1922. In honor of Duhamel, a street in Grenoble bears his name, as does the gap separating the Croix de Belledonne from the central peak of the Belledonne range, and one of the side peaks in the Massif des Écrins (the Pyramide Duhamel)" (Wikipedia). Rare. An excellent, clean copy. Cat. BM(NH) p. 1997; Pritzel, 8890; Stafleu and Cowan, 12730. Not in Nissen, BBI.

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