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Pierre-Joseph BUCHOZ. Dictionnaire raisonné universel...

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Pierre-Joseph BUCHOZ. Dictionnaire raisonné universel des plantes, arbres et arbustes de la France Paris, Costard, 1770. 4 volumes in-8, red morocco, triple fillet with central coat of arms, ornate smooth spines, interior roulette, gilt edges (period binding). Pritzel, 1323 / Olivier, pl. 2528, fers 5 and 6 /// I. (2f.)-V-(1f.)-650/ II. (2f.)-651/ III. (2f.)-643 / IV. (2f.)-352-CCXLIV. Pierre Joseph Buchoz, (1731-1807), a vast compiler, is the author of an impressive number of works on a wide range of subjects, including medicine, music, plants, cooking, natural sciences, pharmacopoeia, tobacco, chemistry, beet, vines, fruit, coffee, animals, insects, cosmetics and cultivation. The work, referenced by Pritzel, is missing from Nissen's list of 15 works by the same author. Copy in which a preface has been inserted after the dedicatory epistle (5f.). Composite series from two copies bound with the arms of Louis XVI Dauphin de France. Louis-Auguste de France, the future Louis XVI, became Dauphin on the death of his father on December 20, 1765, then King of France on the death of his grandfather on May 10, 1774. Volumes I and II and volumes III and IV have a slightly different central iron and almost similar decoration on the spines. A few minor smudges on the covers of volumes II and IV.