Paris: Roulland, 1675. First Edition, in French. 12mo, pp. (22), 215, (xxix;) 6 leaves. Bound in contemporary flexible interim boards, uncut, some wear and soiling, minor foxing, small blind stamp on former owner on title-page, bookplate. A very nice clean copy. Engraved frontispiece and 14 engraved text illustrations, 8 engraved head pieces, hand-coloured engraved title (inscribed 'F.C.'), several colored initials. Krivatsky 4988; Hunt 338; Pritzel 3554; Le Fanu, Bibliography of Grew, 3; cf. Nissen, BBI 758 (Engl. ed.); Hunt col. 338. Item #37791
First edition in French of Grew's Anatomy of Vegetables, published in London in 1672, which later developed into the first three parts of his magnum opus which was published as The Anatomy of Plants in 1682. This a major work in the history of botanical studies. As Grew assisted with the translation, and corrected it, this edition is of importance for the history of botany. Nehemiah Grew was one of the founders of the science of plant anatomy. Grew later explained that Le Vasseur had "taken special care to have all the difficulties of our own by me cleared to him." Grew also wrote a Latin epistle to the translator, dated 16/26 November 1674, which appears in this volume after Le Vasseur’s own dedication and epistle.