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Brief descriptions of the flora of France

CANDOLLE, Augustin Pyramus de and Jean-Baptiste LAMARCK.
Synopsis plantarum in flora Gallica descriptarum.
Paris, H. Aghasse, 1806. 8vo. 19-century half scheepskin parchment. XXIV, 432 pp.
€ 300
First edition of the synopsis of the third and almost entirely rewritten edition of the Flore française. The first edition of the Flore française or "French flora" appeared in 1778 in three volumes, compiled by the French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829). "Lamarck designed the Flore française specifically for the task of plant identification and used dichotomous keys, which are classification tools that allow the user to choose between opposing pairs of morphological characters to achieve this end" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The present synopsis of the Flore française consists of brief descriptions of in total 4688 different plants, all subdivided according to order, family and genus.
With some manuscripts notes on the second leaf. Only some occasional foxing, otherwise a good copy. R.W. Burkhardt,"Jean-Baptiste Lamarck" in: Encyclopaedia Britannica online; Stafleu & Cowan 988.
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