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F. Andrew Michaux
The North American Sylva or A Description of the Forest Trees of the Unites States, Canada, and Nova Scotia
~ 6" by 10 1/4"
Originally Hand-colored Engraving
Condition of Plate:
The work is in excellent condition overall. There may be a few minor imperfections to be expected with age. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.
Author and Work Detail: This very decorative, originally hand-colored botanical engraving is from Francois Andre Michaux & Thomas Nuttall's The North American Sylva; or, a description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. The work was published in Philadelphia by William Rutter & Co. in 1854.|
The North American Sylva is the most comprehensive work on North American trees ever to be published. It was commissioned by the French government to document the forests of North America. Michaux completed his research of ten years in 1813 with illustrations by Pierre Joseph Redoute and Pancrace Bessa.
The work "is a landmark in the literature of America. In addition to being the first significant survey of American trees and soil, it serves as a fascinating travelogue, providing detailed portraits of the developing American landscape. With Nuttall’s supplement, "it is no exaggeration to remark that it is the most complete work of its kind, and is a production of unrivalled interest and beauty, giving descriptions and illustrations of all the forest trees of North America, from the arctic limits of arborescent vegetation to the confines of the tropical circle" (Sabin 48694-5).