Novae Hollandiae Plantarum Specimen.

Paris: Huzard, 1804.

Two volumes, royal quarto, with a total of 265 engraved plates; a fine copy in French quarter dark green morocco, double crimson labels on gilt spines, green glazed sides.

A beautiful set of the foundation work of Australian botany

A superb set in an attractive French binding: the first comprehensive Australian botany, with an outstanding series of engravings from specimens collected on the d'Entrecasteaux and Baudin voyages. The scope of the work is remarkable, especially given the conditions under which Labillardière was working, with France at war. The two volumes include more than ten times as many plates of Australian plants than were published by any of his near contemporaries, all done with the highest standard of artistic excellence. The images were prepared by three different engravers, after drawings by various artists including Piron, Redouté and Labillardière

A superb set in an attractive French binding: the first comprehensive Australian botany, with an outstanding series of engravings from specimens collected on the d'Entrecasteaux and Baudin voyages. The scope of the work is remarkable, especially given the conditions under which Labillardière was working, with France at war. The two volumes include more than ten times as many plates of Australian plants than were published by any of his near contemporaries, all done with the highest standard of artistic excellence. The images were prepared by three different engravers, after drawings by various artists including Piron, Redouté and Labillardière

ADB; Ferguson, 395; Great Flower Books, p. 63; Horner, French Reconnaissance (1987); Nissen BBI, 1116; Stafleu & Cowan, 4071.

Price (AUD): $48,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504972

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