Familles des Plantes...
ADANSON, MICHEL

Paris Vincent, 1763 First edition Ex Libris 2 Volumes. 8vo (18.7 x 11.5 cm). Ex Libris. Contemporary speckled sheep, hinges repaired Collation: Vol. 1- [iv] cccxxv 189 [1]p.+ folding copper engraved plate; Vol 2 - [ii] 24 [4] 640 p. Binding with raised bands on spine, panels with decorative gilt floral. Wear to ends of spines, hinges, and corners of boards. Front hinges of both volumes broken with cord intact and firm. Marble end papers with institutional book plates and dealer sticker (Volume 1). Text block has all edges in red. Internal condition of text is very good with only minor edge foxing. The plate is of a greenhouse and is signed by De Poilly. Very Good Contemporary speckled calf (Item ID: 0000144)

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Adanson, a pupil of Antoine and Bernard de Jussieu, provided the most extensive systematic approach to classification of plants in this seminal work. Unlike Linnaeus, Adanson did not apply a priori conditions for his classification. His empirical approach provided him with a better natural system of classification. Stafleu in his contribution to the bicentennial of Adanson's Familles(Hunt pub. 1973) states "When we compare Ananson's work with that of his contemporaries and especially with that of Carolus Linnaeus and of Bernard de Jussieu we shall find that the merits of the natural systems put forward by thes three men we of equal value, but that Adanson's contribution was the only one accompanied by a methodical treatment and by ample descriptions and discussions of the taxonomic units, mainly his families. The family descriptions given by Adanson are often astonishing in their completeness and several of them are still models of their kind (italics mine)." Not only did Adanson provide a through and for the most part an accurate natural system, he gives the reader a detailed historical preface comparing different systems of works on botany from Theophrastus onward. The historical section is followed by a chronological table of botanical authors some of whom are not mentioned in the earlier part. (Cleveland, 461; Hunt 577, Pritzel 21, Stafleu 26)

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