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Louis XIV's Botanical Engravings

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DESCRIPTION: A beautiful book with 58 engravings by Nicolas Robert, Abraham Bosse and Louis de Chastillon, out of 319 created for an unfinished project by the then newly founded Acadà mie royale des sciences (1666) to compile a compendium of knowledge about plants to be called Histoire des  plantes. Louis XIV enjoyed visiting his fruit and vegetable gardens. Enriched with exotic plants by the numerous botanical expeditions that took place during the 17th century, the king's gardens were a true agronomical laboratory and the admiration of the courts of Europe. They provided plant specimens for academics, illustrators and engravers. Louis XIV was passionate about the natural sciences, and in 1666, at the suggestion of his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert, he founded France's Royal Academy of Sciences. Louis XIV's Botanical Engravings contains a collection of seventy of the watercolour engravings produced during the reign of Louis XIV, which are now preserved in the Louvre and the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. These exquisite illustrations allow us to familiarise ourselves with some of the plants brought back from distant lands, and to understand the contribution they made to scientific research, as well as their beneficial properties. BOOK CONDITION: Very good BINDING TYPE: Hardcover LANGUAGE: English PRINTING INFO: PUBLISHER: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd YEAR: 2008 PLACE OF PUBLICATION: London SIZE: Folio - over 12 - 15" tall PAGES: 139

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