Paris. 1814-1819. Eight volumes. 425 color plates (two folding). Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. Corners rubbed. Light foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM46577
An interesting and beautifully illustrated series, with plates produced during the great period of French color printing. The title appears to have been loosely interpreted, and consequently the work was expanded to include grapes, melon, palms, pineapple, pomegranates, bananas, and other interesting but non-medicinal plants. François Pierre Chaumeton (1775-1819) was a French army physician, pharmacist, and botanist. He worked on several notable medical publications beyond this one. Fellow botanist Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755-1834) collaborated with him on this project, perhaps accounting for its wide-ranging scope, far beyond mere medical botany. The detailed illustrations were executed by Ernestine Panckoucke and Pierre Jean François Turpin, both gifted botanical illustrators. Indeed, Turpin is considered one of the greatest botanical and floral illustrators of his time. Sets often lack some of the plates, and it is difficult to find complete. A handsome and important production. PRITZEL 1676. NISSEN BBI 349. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 2: 1091, 8115.