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Linné, Carl von; Nicolas Jolyclerc, trans.  Systême sexuel de végétaux, suivant les classes, les ordres, les genres et les espèces, avec les caractères et les différences. Paris: Chez Ronvaux, 1798. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). [6], 789, [1] pp.
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First edition in French of Linnaeus's pioneering work of plant taxonomy, Systema vegetabilium. The translation of the text — which had in its original incarnation formed a part of the Systema natura before being revised and published separately — was done by Nicolas Jolyclerc, based on the "fifteenth edition" edited by Murray and Persoon. Jolyclerc (1746 –1817) was a clergyman who left the Church in favor of a career as a botanist and who gave lectures and published works by himself and others on the subject, becoming anecdotally famous for having offended a group of young female students (plus their mothers) by describing the reproductive organs of plants in class. The volume opens with the poem "Au Grand Linné," written by Jolyclerc; while it closes with a notice describing a second volume (to include a table cross-referencing the systems of Tournefort and Jussieu with that of Linnaeus, among other items), no such follow-up appears to have been published.
        Americana contents include => many New World plants such as yucca, New World sunflower (baltimora), potato (solanum), tomato (solanum lycopersicum), and cacao (theobroma)
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Johnston, Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections, 642. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed in single blind rule, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and elaborate gilt-tooled foliate compartment decorations between raised bands; rubbed and scuffed with spine head chipped and otherwise spine least affected, front joint and spine with snall areas of worming. First and last pages with offsetting to margins; otherwise scattered spots of foxing only and the volume otherwise clean. => A solid, in fact attractive copy.  (40660)   Please RESHELVE This.


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