The North American Sylva; or, a description of the forest trees of the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia... Translated from the French of F. Andrew Michaux with notes byJ.J. Smith.
Philadelphia, WM. Rutter & Co., 1871. 3 volumes. Royal-8vo (265 x 170mm). With portrait of F.A. Michaux and 156 fine hand-coloured engravings after drawings by P.J. & H.J. Redouté. Contemporary brown half morocco, gilt lettered spines with 5 raised bands and blind stamped ornaments, gilt edges. (Together with:) NUTALL, T. The North American Sylva; or, description of the forest trees of the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia, not described in the work of F.A. Michaux. Philadelphia, WM. Rutter & Co., 1871. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo. With 121 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary brown half morocco, gilt lettered spines with 5 raised bands and blind stamped ornaments, gilt edges.
A fine and very clean uniformly bound copy. "F.A. Michaux followed his father's work on the oaks published in 1801 with 'Histoire des arbres' (3 vols., 1810) later published in English through the encouragement of Maclure, and much later considerably enlarged by Nuttall" (Ewan). The first English edition was published in Paris 1817-19 to be followed by many editions, the work of Nuttall was first incorporated in Michaux's work in the 1841-42 edition. "François André Michaux, born in 1770, accompanied his father to the United States in 1785 and was primary responsible for the management of the nursery that was established near Charleston, S.C. In 1790 he returned to France, where he studied medicine and took part in the French Revolution. He went back to the United States in 1801 to collect trees for the French government. He explored the eastern and mid-western portions of the country and returned finally to France in 1809" (Phail). The excellent plates were drawn by the Redouté brothers, Pierre Joseph and Henri Joseph, along with Pancrase Bessa. Plates 30 and 31 of the first volume by Nutall were never published. Stafleu & Cowan 5966 & 6930.
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