Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Crapelet, 1801. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Folio. 11.25 x 16.5 in. Illustrated with thirty-six copper plate engravings, 32 after Pierre Joseph Redouté and 4 by Henri-Joseph Redouté. Text in French. Three-quarter black leather over brown buckram-covered thick sturdy boards, all edges gilt. Hinges cracked and boards worn, minor occasional foxing to plates. Tissue guards present. Boards aged, but interior well-preserved. Item #28353
An important work on North American flora, and early reference on the subject, with description and plates of all species and varieties of Oaks in North America. Michaux was originally sent to America as the Royal botanist of France to investigate plants for their potential commercial value in the French economy. His exploration and documentation continued after the collapse of the French monarchy, successfully securing support from the American Philosophical Society. Michaux's travels also brought him to parts of Europe, Persia, and Madagascar, where he died around 1802. As a result of his prolific work, numerous plants bear his name, such as the Carolina lily (Lilium michauxii). This volume is large, heavy, and fragile; additional postage will be required.