MICHAUX, André. Histoire des Chênes de l'Amerique ou, Descriptions et Figures de toutes les espèces et variétés de Chênes de l'Amérique Septentrionale, Considérées sous les rapports de la Botanique, de leur culture et de leur usage. , 7,  pp. 36 leaves of engraved plates, 32 after Pierre Joseph Redouté and 4 by Henri-Joseph Redouté. Folio, 460 x 300 mm, bound in original boards with purple linen spine, in a new cloth folding box. Paris: l'Imprimerie de Crapelet, 1801.
First Edition. A splendid work on American oak trees illustrated with engravings by Joseph Redouté and his brother Henri-Joseph. André Michaux is not to be confused with his son, Francois André Michaux, the author of The North American Sylva, which is considered the most important early work on American trees. André originally came to America in 1785 as Royal botanist under Louis XVI, where he undertook extensive travels doing research on behalf of the king. After the Revolution he was asked to undertake a Western expedition by Jefferson, and it is presumably from this and his previous travels that the information in this book was collected. The Redouté brothers provide and elegance to Michaux's work with engravings displaying both depth and texture to the botanical subject matter.
The linen spine is fraying, and there is occasional foxing and staining, which is pretty much confined to the margins, however this is a nevertheless a very good copy of a rare book, of which there has been no copy at auction since 2004.
Nissen, BBI, 1358.
Item nr. 164236