Hortus Regius Parisiensis 1750

Paris 1750 8vo (16.2 x 10.3 cm). Original blind stamped olive cloth over stiff paper boards. Flora pattern on paper; Wear to boards with some loss of paper along spines and covers; Some damp staining. Collation: [iv], 211 [with two un numbered pages between p.101-102],[1-blank],[32 &Index]pp. The unnumbered pages in the text have a note in Latin that appears to indicate the reason for the blank pages. The entire leaves forming the text were bound tightly. Reading all names or comments requires opening the book wider to see into the gutter. There are occasional words with corrections, some ink spots and minor foxing, mostly in center of leaves from pp. 130-140.Title page is written in black ink in neat block lettering with date at base. The next page has Latin description of following text written in script: "Lectiones botanica/ Demonstratibus/ D. Antion et D. Bernardo/De jussieu/ Doctoribus medicis,/Regia Scientiarum/academiae,/ necon(sic) societatis londinensis/ foeiis/ anno 1750." The next 211 pages contain listing of plants present in the Jardin de Roi, present day Jardin des Plantes. Plants are listed separately in Latin for genus and species followed by occasional note of flower. At the end of each plant listing are letters or shorten words for authors who describe and name the plants. For example C.B refers to Caspar Bauhuin; Tour for Tournefort; Reg pari for the Regius Parisiensis and so on. A dash line is use at the beginning the next line for a different species. This pattern continues for a number of entries where species are present in the garden. There is one listing of plants, "gramen" which lists 60 numbered species on pp.154-157. Not all plants have reference to authors. A number have description without attribution. This indicates direct classification by the Jussieus. Very Good Contemporary blind stamped cloth (Item ID: 0000631)


The writing has the appearance of direct notes from the lectures presented by Anton and Bernard Jussieu. There are "X" marks in the margin opposite a number of individual plants, suggesting that the student identified or studied the plant directly in the garden. The Index contains an alphabetical list of the different genera present in the text with pare of first listing. This contrasts with the listing of plants in the main text according to type. For example, the section on trees and shrubs, though not noted as such, begins with Abies on p. 159. This runs for about 30 pages followed by tropical plants. This is a rare original document of Jussieu lectures from 1750, which contains many original plant descriptions and incorporates a number of plants from Linnaeus's Hortus Cliffortianus… published in 1737.

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