Dalibard’s plants of Paris, an early adoption of Linnaeus’ system, 1749

Thomas F. DALIBARD: FLORAE PARISIENSIS PRODOMUS, OU CATALOGUE DES PLANTES qui naissent dans les environs de Paris (…) suivant la Méthode séxuelle de M. LINNAEUS. With 4 folded copper engraved plates. Paris: 1749.

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Thomas François DALIBARD: FLORAE PARISIENSIS PRODOMUS, OU CATALOGUE DES PLANTES qui naissent dans les environs de Paris, rapportées sous les Dénominations Modernes & Anciennes, & arrangées suivant la Méthode séxuelle de M. LINNAEUS. Avec l'Explication en François de tous les Termes de la nouvelle Nomenclature. With 4 folded copper engraved plates depicting 195 illustrations of plants, as well as numerous ornamental woodcut lines, frames and vignettes. Paris: Durand & Pissot (Pierre Alexandre Le Prieur) 1749. 8to. [22 (title, preface)], LIV, [14 (index vocabulorum recens propositorum)], 4 folded plates, 403 [1], [22 (index generum et synonymorum], [4 (privilege, colofon)] pages. Contemporary full mottled leather binding on 5 waste bands with gilt embossed ornamental title on spine incorporating floral themes, multi-coloured marbled end papers, mottled cut and green ribbon bookmark.

First edition of this early adoption of Linnaeus' nomenclatura of plants by the French naturalist Thomas François Dalibard, who indexed the local flora around Paris. Linnés' revolutionary »Systema Naturae« had been published only 10 years before, but the author also claims other influence by Van Royen and Gronovius at Leiden, Dillenius at Oxford, Haller at Göttingen and Guettard at Paris. On the other hand Linnaeus fully acclaimed this case study of his system. In honour of Dalibard he even named a Canadian bramble after him.

The bright and carefully executed engravings compare different roots, stipes, leafs, flowers and fruits.

Provenance: Present copy has an interesting double provenance. Tipped-on the front end paper is an engraved ex-libris incorporating the family's coat of arms of baron Johann Paul von Wischenau (1716-1785), a high-ranking Austrian public servant under Maria Theresia and Joseph II. Secondly the half-title page and title page bear the owner's stamp of Rudolph, Earl of Abensberg-Traun (1872-1954).

Binding occasionally slightly scratched and worn, corners minimally bumped, otherwise fine copy, in a handy and nicely executed binding.

Pritzel 2063; Pierre G. Hamamdjian: "Dalibard, Thomas François." Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Encyclopedia.com. 7 May. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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