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Title: Recherches sur l'usage des feuilles dans les plantes, et sur quelques autres sujets rélatifs a l'histoire de la végétation.
Description: A Gottingue & Leide, Chez Elie Luzac, Fils. Imp.-Lib., 1754. Large in 4to. W. engr. vignet on title ('J.Wandelaar inv. et fec.') and 31 engr. folding pls. ['J.V.Schley sculp.'& J. Wandelaar Sculp.']. In a contemporary full clf. binding, spine in compartments, gilttooled w. ornamental vases. Covers w. gilt-tooled single rule of floral ornaments along the edges. (outer upper hinge split at top and bottom, but holding firm; edges rubbed and corners dam.). [*4, A-Z4, 2A - 2V4]. (VIII, 343, I (binder's instruction) pp.). First edition. DSB II, pp. 286/7: 'Bonnet is considered one of the fathers of modern biology. He is distinguished for both his experimental research and his philosophy, which exerted a profound influence upon the naturalists of the 18th and 19th century. ... after 1750 ... his research was in plant physiology. In the preface to a remarkable work entitled "Recherches..." (1754) he wrote: "Insects held my attention for some years. The strenuousness with which I worked on this study strained my eyes to such an extent that I was forced to interrupt it. Deprived thus of what had so far been my greatest pleasure, I tried to console myself by changing subjects. I then turned toward the physics of plants ...". In the 'Recherches', Bonnet grouped 5 memoirs, all of which were of prime importance for plant biology: He precisely described the characteristics of the nutrition of leaves and of their transpiratory phenomena. Although he did not know the kinds of gases produced and absorbed by green leaves exposed to light, Bonnet made very carefull observations on their production. [and] ...should be considered one of the first naturalists to investigate experimentally the question of photosynthesis. He studied the movement of leaves and discovered the epinastic phenomena; he observed the position of leaves on the axis of the stalk and collected a great many anatomic facts; he returned to experiments on etiolation, on the movement of the sap, and on teratology.': Biogr. Universelle III, p. 4/5: ' ... contient ses découvertes sur la physique végétale, et forme l'un des meilleurs livres qui existent sur ce sujet.': Nissen 201: Pritzel, 981 (and survey of translations into Dutch and German): Stiftung f. Botanik, Sale Sotheby's 1975, part 1, item 79: Arpad Plesch, Mille et un livres, p. 149/50: 'Vignette sur le titre, ... et 31 planches repliées (I - XXXI) dessinées par Soubeyran (30) et Calandrini (1), gravées par J. Wandelaer (Wandelaar) et van der Schley.': Brunet, Table 4853: British Museum (Nat. Hist.) vol. I, p. 197: Von Haller, Bibl. Botanica II, p. 378: Norman coll. I, see 264 a, note.

Keywords: photochemie vegetation botany illustrated books engravings flora CC collation formula b

Price: EUR 1300.00 = appr. US$ 1412.90 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 231