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Noltie, H.J.

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ISBN 10: 1906129711 ISBN 13: 9781906129712

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About this Item: Edinburgh, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Well illustrated, large horizontal 8vo, pp 118, paperback, a very good copy. [John Hope (1725-1786) was a major figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, as a physician and as Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. More than 1700 men (mainly medical students) attended his innovative botanical lectures, which were held in the new botanic garden that he established on Leith Walk. In the twenty-five years since Professor Alan Morton wrote his biographical memoir much new information about Hope has come to light. The more important discoveries have been incorporated into this new and greatly enlarged edition, written by Henry Noltie a member of the RBGE staff. New information is provided on the Leith Walk garden, its design and the plants grown there, and on the cottage designed by John Adam that served as gardener's house and Hope's lecture room. A much more detailed account of Hope's lectures is also provided, and the book is amply illustrated with images from Hope's own unique collection of large-scale drawings used as visual aids in his botanical course.]. Seller Inventory # 006295

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About this Item: 1904. (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), sending him "the little life of Don Bosco . I had a long talk with F. Peter on Sunday, who has a pleasant memory of yr. visit", 2 sides 8vo., with original autograph envelope, 41 Boston Road, Brentford, 2nd June Britten studied medicine, was at Kew 1869-1871, and from 1871 worked in the Botanical department of the British Museum. He compiled with Robert Holland the valuable 'Dictionary of English Plant Names', 1878-1886, and with G.S. Boulger the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, which had first appeared in the Journal of Botany. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909. Seller Inventory # 13906

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Morton, A.G.

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About this Item: Academic Press Inc, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A slight tan to the page edges. Minor Shelfwear. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0007168396

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About this Item: 1882. 1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), saying he has "no letter of Card. Wiseman . but have an autograph somewhere . And though I am often thrown in with Cardinal Manning, I have had very few of his letters, and those are always snapped up . Many thanks for the [plant] names - always welcome - Would there be a chance of getting for our Museum Herbarium a wild specimen of Cypripedium?", the writing paper embossed with (in Latin) 'The night cometh when no man can work', 3 sides 8vo., Isleworth, 23rd November Britten studied medicine, was at Kew 1869-1871, and from 1871 worked in the Botanical department of the British Museum. He compiled with Robert Holland the valuable 'Dictionary of English Plant Names', 1878-1886, and with G.S. Boulger the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, which had first appeared in the Journal of Botany. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909. Seller Inventory # 13904

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About this Item: 1898. (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), saying that he sees "that Murray in the big dictionary says that brazell was Caesalpinia Sappan (E. Indies) originally . He quotes the Ascham passage, and an earlier one from Prompt[uarium] Parv[ulorum] (1440)", together with a printed notice of the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, in all 2 sides 8vo., British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, S.W., 3rd December Britten studied medicine, was at Kew 1869-1871, and from 1871 worked in the Botanical department of the British Museum. He compiled with Robert Holland the valuable 'Dictionary of English Plant Names', 1878-1886, and with G.S. Boulger the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, which had first appeared in the Journal of Botany. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909. Seller Inventory # 13905

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Thorpe, David / Mönig, Roland.

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About this Item: Köln Snoeck 2008, 2008. Bound, grey cloth, 86pp., 27.5x22cm., ills. in col. and b/w., fine condition. Text in German and English. ISBN 9783936859843. Imagine a hand-made fantasy sci-fi utopia lost in a forest wilderness, a land that seems designed in a collaboration between Isaac Asimov, William Morris and Henry David Thoreau. This thoroughly original world is created by the young British artist David Thorpe, whose work is beautifully presented in this exhibition catalog from the Museum Kurhaus Kleve. Thorpe's pseudo-botanical watercolors are stunning in their technical perfection, engrossing in their graceful detail; his room-filling sculptural installations envelop the viewer in strangely familiar settings that reference cultural and art history, like the 16th-century Lebenstreform movement, in entirely new ways. With essays in English and German by Guido de Werd, Roland Monig, Tom Morton and Susan L. Stoops. 0 g. Seller Inventory # 40165

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Morton, A. G."

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ISBN 10: 0125083823 ISBN 13: 9780125083829

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About this Item: Academic Press, 1981. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition......... US paperback. Scarce. Good overall with some fade to spine and covers and creasing to spine. Academic Press 1981. Book. Seller Inventory # 2708762612

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About this Item: 1875. 1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), telling him that "Our Museum cabinets are of mahogany, and cost about £7 each . 'made to order' . I should doubt the efficacy of camphor . and yet [insects] certainly have existed here, and do not now, and we use nothing but camphor! Many thanks for the names, some of which were quite new to me, and all very acceptable .", 2 facing sides 8vo., British Museum, 22nd September Britten studied medicine, was at Kew 1869-1871, and from 1871 worked in the Botanical department of the British Museum. He compiled with Robert Holland the valuable 'Dictionary of English Plant Names', 1878-1886, and with G.S. Boulger the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, which had first appeared in the Journal of Botany. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909. Seller Inventory # 13903

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About this Item: 1869. 1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), writing "in haste - not only to thank you for the pretty little Astragalus, which arrived in first-rate condition . I much want Gymnadenia albida, Listera cordata, Corallorrhiza, Goodyera, &c - Any rare Scotch plants will be very acceptable. Did I tell you that a tin box can be forwarded pr sample post for two or three stamps? . it is a fresh specimen of each Orchid that I require . I enclose you Radiola, a favourite little plant of mine", 2 sides 8vo., High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 5th July Britten studied medicine, was at Kew 1869-1871, and from 1871 worked in the Botanical department of the British Museum. He compiled with Robert Holland the valuable 'Dictionary of English Plant Names', 1878-1886, and with G.S. Boulger the 'Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists', 1893, which had first appeared in the Journal of Botany. Middleton was employed at one time by the Hartlepools Shipowners' Society. About 1886 he and his wife settled in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. He corresponded with many leading naturalists, collected autographs, and presented a herbarium of some 3000 American and other specimens to McGill University in December 1890, returning permanently to England in 1892. With his wife and sister he spent 1904-1907 as a missionary in Chile. Again returning, he took a house in Kew and was a Temporary Assistant at the Natural History Museum till 1909. Seller Inventory # 13902

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Morton, A.G.

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About this Item: Academic Press Inc, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020125083807

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Morton, A.G.

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Morton, A.G.

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Morton, A.G.

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A.G. Morton

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About this Item: Academic Press Inc, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0125083807

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A.G. Morton

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About this Item: Academic Press Inc, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0125083807

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About this Item: (Paris, L'Imprimerie Royale, 1714). 4to. Without wrappers. Extracted from "Mémoires de l'Academie des Sciences. Année 1711" and "Année 1712. Pp. 282-302 and 3 large folded engraved plates. + pp. 22-44 and 5 large folded engraved plates. First appearance of a classic paper on sea-weeds and marine alga."Examination for the reproductive structures had already started. In 1711, R.A.F de Réaumur gave an account of Fucus in which noted the two types of external openings in the thallus: the non-sexual cryptostromata (sterile surface cavities) and the conceptacles (fertile cavities, immersed but with a surface opening) containing the sexual organs, which he thought were female flowers. With a lens he was able to see the oogonoa (the female sex organs) and the antheridia (the male sex organs) within the conceptacles, but he interpreted these as seeds, correctly noting that each conceptacle had an opening externally through which they could escape."(A.G. Morton "History of Botanical Science", p. 245."Réamur was among the greatest naturalists of his or any age. In the breadth and range of his researches, in the patient detail of his observations, and in the brilliant ingenuity of his experiments, it would be difficult to name his equal. Thomas Henry Huxley has compared him favorably with Darwin."(DSB XI, p. 331). Seller Inventory # 44401

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Recherches chimiques sur la Végétation 1 large: SAUSSURE, (NICHOLAS THEODORE

SAUSSURE, (NICHOLAS THEODORE de)

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About this Item: Paris, Nyon, 1804. Couverture souple. Condition: Bon. Edition originale. Grand in-8° broché, couverture d'attente de l'époque, dos muet sans couverture d'attente, pièce de titre papier. Exemplaire à toutes marges non rogné. VIII, 327 (9) pages. "This work, which took seven years to write, laid the foundation of a new science, phytochemistry. Saussure examined the chief active components of plants, their synthesis, and their decomposition. He specified the relationship between vegetation and the environment and here, too, did pioneering work in what became the fields of pedology and ecology" (DSB). - Stempel auf Titel. Stellenweise leicht gebräunt bzw. braunfleckig, sonst gut erhalten. - DSB 12, 123; Partington III, 283; Pritzel 8051; Duveen 531. - - - "The decisive work of Saussure was published in 1804 under the title "Recherches Chimiques sur la Végétation", and consisted of a number of classic research papers which laid the foundation of plant nutrition and of the methodology of plant physiology." (A.G. Morton: History of Botanical Science). -"The book contains the theory on the formation of vegetable mould and the conversion of carbon dioxide into organic compounds under the influence of water and light." (Duveen p. 531). Seller Inventory # vilpris220

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SAUSSURE, (NICOLAS) THÉOD. de.

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About this Item: A Paris, Ve Nyon, An XII=1804. Uncut in orig. blue blank wrappers. With the original printed titlelabel on spine. Backstrip with a few tears. VIII,327,(1),(8) pp., 1 large folded engraved plate and 16 tables. A few leaves browned, some scattered brownspots. First edition of a work which laid the foundation of a new science as it is the first work to demonstrate the photosynthetic assimilation of carbon by green plants."The decisive work of Saussure was published in 1804 under the title "Recherches Chimiques sur la Végétation", and consisted of a number of classic research papers which laid the foundation of plant nutrition and of the methodology of plant physiology." (A.G. Morton: History of Botanical Science). -"The book contains the theory on the formation of vegetable mould and the conversion of carbon dioxide into organic compounds under the influence of water and light." (Duveen p. 531). Seller Inventory # 29194

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HALES, Stephen

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About this Item: 20 engraved plates. 4 p.l., 368 pp. 8vo, cont. Italian mottled sheep (binding a little wormed), spine gilt, red morocco label on spine. Naples: G. Raimondi, 1756. First edition in Italian of Hales's founding work on plant physiology. He studied the movement of sap in plants, and discovered what is now known as root pressure. Hales also determined the amounts of water that plants used and the influence of light and air on them. In that respect he discovered that plants take carbon dioxide from the air as an essential nutrient. "His work was so great an advance that it stands alone in its time, and deserves close attention."-Morton, History of Botanical Science, pp. 246-54. In the long chapter on the analysis of the air, Hales also recounts his experiments with a closed-circuit rebreathing apparatus, with which he tried to remove the "noxious vapours" (i.e. carbon dioxide) from the air with various filters. This work led to his invention of artificial ventilation, and facilitated the work and discoveries of Black, Lavoisier, and Priestley. A very good copy. ? Neville, I, pp. 580-81. See Dibner, Heralds of Science, Horblit, and Printing and the Mind of Man for the first edition, in English, of 1733. Seller Inventory # 3247

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HALES, Rev. Stephen.

Published by Napoli [Naples]: Nella Stamperia di Giuseppe Raimondi, 1756. (1756)

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About this Item: Napoli [Naples]: Nella Stamperia di Giuseppe Raimondi, 1756., 1756. 8vo, pp. (viii), 368, 20 engraved plates by G. Aloja. Contemporary Italian mottled sheep, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. A few small wormholes in spines and short wormtracks on endpapers, some foxing, generally a very good copy. FIRST EDITION IN ITALIAN of Hales? founding work on plant physiology. He studied the movement of sap in plants, and discovered what is now known as root pressure. He studied the amounts of water that plants used, and the influence of light and air on them. In that respect he discovered that plants take carbon dioxide from the air as an essential nutrient. ?His work was so great an advance that it stands alone in its time, and deserves close attention? (Morton, History of Botanical Science, pp. 246?254). In the long chapter on the analysis of the air, Hales also recounts his experiments with a closed-circuit rebreathing apparatus, with which he tried with various filters to remove the ?noxious vapours? (i.e. carbon dioxide) from the air. This work led to his invention of artificial ventilation, and facilitated the work and discoveries of Black, Lavoisier, and Priestley. The dedication is signed by the translator, Maria Angela Ardinghelli, who also translated Hales?s Haemataticks into Italian. See Printing and the Mind of Man 189(a); Dibner 26; Horblit 45a; and Parkinson, Breakthroughs, 1727. Foster, Lectures on the history of physiology, pp. 231?232. Neville I, p. 580?581. Seller Inventory # 2081

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A.G. Morton

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About this Item: Paris, Théophile Barrois, 1780. 8vo. Fine cont. full mottled calf, richly gilt spine and gilt titlelabel in red leather. Edges gilt. LXVIII,333,(3) pp. and 1 folded engraved plate (showing his experimental apparatus). Light browning to margins of title-page, otherwise clean and with broad margins. A fine copy. First French edition of perhaps the most important work in plant physiology. It is in this work that Ingen-Housz for the first time expounds the ideas and experiments that lead to his discovery of Photosynthesis in plant life, and as such it is of fundamental importance in the economy of living things. "His Experiments upon vegetables was published in the autumn of 1779 and was at once recognized as a very important advance. In brief he showed, that oxygen evolution by plant is absolutely dependent on light and that it only occurs from those parts which are green.The proof that light and green tissues are both essential for oxygen production finally cleared up the apparent contradictions and variable results of earlier experiments. Priestly was "much pleased" with Ingen-Housz's experiments and pointed immediately to the salient facts that he had established." (A.G. Morton: History of Botanical Science. p. 332.). Dibner: Heralds of Science No. 29. - Garrison & Morton No. 103. - Horblit No. 55. (All the English edition of 1779). Seller Inventory # 53319

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LAUREMBERG, Peter. A treatise on gardening illustrated by Merian

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About this Item: Frankfurt am Main, Merian, 1631. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. LAUREMBERG, Peter. Horticultura, Iibris II compre- hensa; huic coelo & solo accommodata; regulis, observationibus, experimentis, & figuris novis instructa. Frankfurt-am-Main, Matthiius Merian (1631). Small 4to. 196pp. Engraved title- page, 23 engraved plates, 28 (numbered) engraved illustrations on 6pp text, decorative foliate capitals and tail-pieces. Vellum boards, gilt title on spine. An innovative horticultural treatise with examples of garden design directly influenced by Vredeman de Vries. Lauremberg’s contribution lies principally in his proof by experiment of facts not yet accepted by botanists. Among these were the reproduction of plants by cuttings, stems and leaves as well as seeds (thus dispelling ideas about the ‘soul’ of a plant); he grew plants thought to be antipathetic side by side (ie the vine and the cabbage) and found they thrived; he confirmed that a seed’s roots would naturally develop downwards and the stem grow towards the light. The work deals firstly with the reproduction of plants, the compatibility of one to another, propagation by seed, stolon and cuttings, pruning, irrigation and cultural techniques. The second part focuses on the orchard, flower, and herb garden, with a final list of plants for medicinal use. The attractive plates by Merian illustrate contemporaty gardening implements, 13 examples of raised beds (called pulvillus, as were similar geometric plots in botanic gardens), 4 labyrinths in different shapes, and several examples of garden tablets inscribed with mottoes, a board for backgammon and a sundial. Texrual illustrations show grafting and pruning techniques, and several curious topiary tableaux. The allegorical title-page combines emblematic figures and instruments of horticulture around an architectural frame. A crisp copy of this scarce work which combines both scientific progress with the mannerist fascination for inventive design; one or two leaves skilfully repaired at edge. Hunt 219. Nissen 1147. Pritzel 5088. See also A.G. Morton, A History of Botanical Science, 1981, pp222-3. Seller Inventory # ABE-6213477191

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About this Item: (Colophon: Basel, apud Andream Cratandrum, 1534). Folio. Nice hcalf from ab. 1750, richly gilt back, gilt title-label. Corners a bit bumped. Slightly rubbed. Woodcut printer's device to title and last leaf. (28),264,(2) pp. With many smaller and larger woodcut initials. Small stamp at lower corner of the first 2 leaves. Some, rather faint, dampstainings to first and last leaves, otherwise clean and with broad margins. Engraved book-plate inside front board (Bibliotheque du comte Le Moyne de Martigny). Very scarce edition of Theophrastus' two main works. It is one of the earliest Latin editions of Gaza's esteemed translation, in reality it is the third printing of the first Latin edition (first issued 1483, then 1529 in 8vo, and now 1534) of the works which together constitute the foundation of scientific botany. By Linnaeus Theophrastus is called "the father of Botany". This edition comprises both botanical works, The History of Plants and The Causes of Plants, which have survived in their entirety and are the earliest books of this kind in world literature."It is very strange that so much botanic knowledge should have been accumulated by the end of the fourth century and that so little, if anything, was added to it in ancient times. Theophrastos is not only the first botanic writer but also the greatest until Renaissance of the sixteenth century in Germany.The botany of Theophrastos and the zoölogy of Aristotle represents the climax of natural history in antiquity." (Sarton in A History.Vol. I p. 558). "No study of plants of such breadth and quality had previously been conceived: botany now first appears as a distinct science with a comprehensive yet clearly defined field of enquiry." (A.G. Morton). - Stillwell No. 702 (Note) - Hunt No. 26 (listing the 1529-edition in 8vo) - Pritzel: 9189. - Not in Choulant, Handbuch der Bücherkunde für die Ältere Medicin. Seller Inventory # 29859

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Opuscula botanico-physica.: JUNG, Joachim [JUNGIUS,

JUNG, Joachim [JUNGIUS, Ioachim]

Published by sumptibus ex typis Georgii Ottonis, typogr. Ducal. Priv., Coburg (1747)

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About this Item: sumptibus ex typis Georgii Ottonis, typogr. Ducal. Priv., Coburg, 1747. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to (198 x 155 mm). [24] 183 [1] pp. Signatures: a-c4 A-Z4, 108 leaves. Errata on final page. Woodcut headpieces, woodcuts of three forms of tree growth on p. 169. Recent marbled boards, spine with gilt lettering piece, new endpapers. Text only little browned, very minor faint spotting. Provenance: library of Walter Pagel. A fine, clean and unmarked copy. ---- Dibner 23; Evans 82; Norman 1193; Pritzel 4524. - THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of this collection, inluding Jungius, Doxoscopiae physicae minores (first edition 1662) and Isagogae phytoscopia, first printed in Praecipuae Opiniones Physicae (1679); and Giuseppe degli Aromatari's Epistola de generatione plantarum ex seminibus first printed in his Disputatio de rabie contagiosa (1625). This collection reprints Jungius' seminal works in the history of botany. Jungius gave botany much of its present nomenclature and first clearly divided the subject into morphology, physiology and ecology. Linnaeus based his system of nomenclature on Jungius' work, via Ray's Historia plantarum (1686-1704). Accused of heresy, most of his writings were only published after his death. 'Some few treatises were published by his pupils, among them one entitled Isagoge phytoscopica (Handbook of Botanical Study). This work, comprising a volume of 46 quarto pages, must be regarded as one of the pioneering works in botany. It gives a concentrated account of the theory of botany, under the obvious influence of Cesalpino's, but without the latter's profitless Aristotelian speculations. The whole exposition, with its concise, vigorous sentences and its analyses of different parts of the plant drawn up in tabular form, is more reminiscent of Linnaeus' work than that of any other of the early botanists. Linnaeus, in fact, mentions Jung as his precursor as far as the drawing up of rules for the description of flowers is concerned and actually took up the characteristic description of plant-organs at the point where Jung had finished and certainly brought it up to a far higher standard.' (Nordenskiöld pp. 194-95). The edition also includes Giuseppe degli Aromatari's letter on the germination of plants from seeds. Jungius' published works were based on transcripts of lectures, edited shortly after his death and annotated by his students Martin Fogel and Johann Vaget. Presumably the rarity of the earlier publications meant that McLean Evans could only obtain the Opuscula to represent Jungius' 'epochal achievement', and Dibner as his 'herald'. Julius von Sachs, trs. Henry E. F. Garnsey, History of Botany (1890), pp. 58-63; Erik Nordenskiöld, trs. Leonard Bucknall Eyre, The History of Biology (1928); A. G. Morton, History of Botanical Science (1981) pp. 167-75. (R. Gaskell, Books from the Library of Walter Pagel, Pt. 2, 104). Seller Inventory # 002364

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De Plantis Libri XVI: CESALPINO, Andreas

CESALPINO, Andreas

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About this Item: 20 p.l., 621, [10] pp. Thick 4to, cont. vellum (name erased from blank portion of title), yapp edges, ties gone. Florence: G. Marescotti, 1583. First edition of a rare book; this is the foundational work of scientific botany. The ideas of Cesalpino (1519-1603), "governed the development of botany in the 17th century and?extended into the 18th. He was perhaps the first great theorist in botany. His method was Aristotelian and deductive; but he based his principles on accurate observation?He was the first to describe in accurate detail the parts of flowers, seeds, and fruits, and based his analytic classification on those parts. He was perhaps the first to wrestle in print with the concept of species; and his solution, like those of many modern botanists, was based on the capacity of a group to reproduce its kind."-Rickett, "Botany from 840 to 1700 A.D." in Hunt Catalogue, Vol. I, pp. xxvii-xxviii. "The fullest statement of contemporary botanical theory and the most powerful contribution to its further development were given by Andreas Cesalpino in his De Plantis libri XVI?The whole work is of the greatest scientific and historical significance and deserves close attention. Written in clear but condensed philosophical style, its importance has not always been fully appreciated, in spite of the very high tribute paid to Cesalpino by Ray and Linnaeus."-Morton, History of Botanical Science, pp. 128-29. A fine and crisp copy. ? Dibner, Heralds of Science, 20. Printing & the Mind of Man 97. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 34. Seller Inventory # 5948

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