Institutiones Rei Herbariae.

By: TOURNEFORT, Josephi Pitton de (1656–1708).

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Three volumes (1 text and 2 plate volumes.). 4to. [lvi], 695, [x], 58, [2 blank] pp. [1], 252; [1], 253-489 ff. Engraved title-vignette and chapter heading, two engraved titles (for the plate volumes), and 489 engraved plates, 4 indices. Original mottled paper over boards with ca. 20th century three-quarter calf; extremities worn, internally very good. Bookplates and ink signatures (on title-pages) of Robert Sonnenschein, M.D. [1935, Chicago, IL]. "CLASSIFICATION OF ALL PLANTS INTO GENERA". Third edition with an appendix by the French naturalist and physician Antoine de Jussieu (1686–1758) and Corollarium Institutionum Rei Herbariae in quo plantae 1356 munificentia Ludovici Magni in orientalibus reg. obserratae recensentur. . . (58 pp.). After studying medicine at the University of Montpellier, Jussieu travelled through Spain, Portugal, and southern France, building a large collection of plants. At the year of Tournefort's death in 1708 Jussieu succeeded Tournefort as Director at the Jardin du Roi, later named the Jardin des Plantes. This edition of Tournefort's is Jussieu's most important work. He became a member of the Academie des Sciences as a result of his work. "Tournefort's significance lies in the fact of having classified all plants into genera. Hundreds of the generic names coined or accepted by him were later adopted by Linnaeus and are in use today." The significance of Tournefort to eighteenth-century botany, and to that of today, lies in his classification of all plants into genera. . . The Institutiones (1700) was mainly a translation of the Elements de botanique into Latin; and the Corollarium Institutionum Rei Herbariae (1703) was a supplement written on Tournefort's return from travels to the Near East, describing 1350 genera which he had found. The edition of 1719 is a reprint of these two works but made substantive by the addition of an appendix by Antoine de Jussieu. The engravings were drawn by Claude Aubriet (ca.1665 or 1651–1742), the French illustrator and botanical artist, born at Chalons-sur-Marne, who had earlier worked on Tournefort's celebrated Elemens de botanique, 1694. ". . . he accompanied Tournefort and Andreas von Gundelsheimer on an expedition to the Middle East. There he made drawings of historical sites and the region's flora. After his return to Paris, Aubriet continued his work with the botanists at the Jardin du Roi." [Wikipedia]. "These illustrations, made no doubt under Tournefort's direct supervision, are remarkable for the accuracy of their dissections." Blunt, p. 124. Hunt 450 (3rd edition); Stafleu & Cowan, 14.783; Nissen BBI, 1977.

Title: Institutiones Rei Herbariae.

Author Name: TOURNEFORT, Josephi Pitton de (1656–1708).

Categories: Botany,

Publisher: Paris,, Typographia Regia, 1719.: 1719

lbs: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: S11877

Keywords: Botany