CATALOGUE DES PLANTES DU JARDIN DE Mrs. LES APOTICAIRES DE PARIS. Suivant Leurs Genres & Les Caracteres Des Fleurs, Conformément A La Méthode De Monsieur Tournefort, Dans Ses Instituts.
(Paris) 1759. Second and enlarged edition of this complete catalogue of the plants growing in the Jardin Des Apothicaires in mid 18th century Paris. First published in 1741. In addition to being a major source of medicinal plants in the city, this important Parisian physic garden, whose origins dated to the late 16th century, was used extensively by medical students and botanists for the study of plants and herbs. The printed catalogue was compiled specifically as a guide for those students and was sold at the gardens for their use. The listings provide Latin and common (French) names classified according to the system of Tournefort then in use by the apothecaries . The entries include Latin and common names together with, in most cases, citations of listings in earlier botanical works and brief notations regarding the primary medicinal properties of the listed plant. Jean Descemet, the famous Parisian physician, is often incorrectly cited as the author of this work. The correct attribution is to Pierre Descemet, who ran the gardens for many years before his death in( 1762 or 1763). "P. Descemet /1765" is inscribed in pen at the bottom of the title page. His son, Jacques-Louis, succeeded him. (For a lengthy account of the gardens see: Constans, Martine, ed., JARDINER A PARIS AU TEMPS DES ROIS pp. 209-216). Pritzel 2168 incorrectly ascribing this to Jean; Cleveland 395 for the first edition of 1741. 8vo (18.3 x 11.7 cm); xxii + (ii) + 136 pp. with printer's ornaments.
Bound in full contemporary leather with decoratively gilt panels and gilt lettering piece on spine; corners and extremities scuffed, slight worming (half centimeter) to edge of upper cover; contemporary marbled endpapers; dated notations to title page, a pen inscription on verso bleeds through to title, There is also a penned notation on the final text page (106) before index; very old and faded damp-staining to gutter at upper margins of a few pages of the Preface, not affecting text; one text page loosened from sewing just at the upper gutter only.
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