Histoire et Legendes des Plantes Utiles et Curieuses. Troisieme edition, augmentee de notions elementaires de botanique.
by RAMBOSSON, Jean Pierre (1827-1886).
Paris:: Firmin-Didot, 1871., 1871. Tall 8vo. [viii], 420 pp. 186 figs. Black blind and gilt-stamped morocco; rubbed. Very good. This is a very attractively illustrated introduction to the world of plants, their legends, uses and curious specimens: palms, the agaric mushroom, cocoa tree, coffee tree, sugar cane, cedar, tobacco, tea, fruit trees, forget-me-nots, the water lily, pine trees, carnation, olive tree, oranges, opium, pepper tree, buttercup, etc. The author, a teacher, and classic populist of learning and the sciences, also wrote on astronomy, meteors, women's education, origins of spoken languages (from when the time when words were not formed), history of musical instruments, and the prolongation of life.
(Inventory #: SW1228)
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