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-Andre Michaux and The North American Sylva -
Histoire des arbres forestiers de l’Amérique septentrionale 1852
by François André Michaux
Michaux accompanied his father to the United States, and his Histoire des arbres forestiers de l’Amérique septentrionale (three volumes, 1810–13) contains the results of his explorations, giving an account of the distribution and the scientific classification of the principal American timber trees north of Mexico and east of the Rocky Mountains. Michaux trekked the Allegheny Mountains in 1789 when trans-Allegheny travel was limited to indigenous peoples’ trails and one military trail, Braddock Road, built in 1751. He travelled with friend and botantist John Fraser to the summit of the Great Roan.
Under the title The North American Sylva Michaux’s work was translated by Hillhouse. The work was reissued in 1852 by Robert Smith of Philadelphia, again in three quarto volumes, and again with 156 hand colored lithographs of American trees and shrubs. A supplement of three additional volumes, trees, “…not Described in the Work of F. Andrew Michaux” was issued by Smith in 1853, in the same quarto format and with 121 additional hand colored plates. The later work, by Thomas Nuttall, describes trees of the Rockies and Pacific Coast. François André Michaux published this monumental work first in French and then in English translation, between 1811 and 1819. With illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa, two masters of botanical art, his opus rapidly became a landmark in American literature and the foundation of American forestry. His work was augmented by the British botanist, Thomas Nuttall, whose work added 121 hand-colored plates to the 156 originally published with Michaux’s Sylva. His additions cover eastern species overlooked by Michaux, and new species that he had gathered on his excursions in the Midwest and West.
Hortus Europae Americanus: Collection of 85 Curious Trees and Shrubs….1767
by Mark Catesby
Nineteen years after his death in 1767, Mark Catesby’s New World experiences were tapped one more time in the service of a lavishly illustrated work of American natural history. Published in large quarto with 63 figures on 17 hand-colored copper plate engravings, the Hortus Britanno-Americanus was devoted to American botany, including 85 hand-colored plates drawn and engraved by Catesby. Catesby’s focus on utility, broadly speaking, is reflected throughout the Hortus. The sassafras, he noted, “is very well known as a sweetener of the blood” and is used in Virginia to treat remittent fevers, while Liquidambar, the sweetgum, produced “good timber” for wainscotting and joinery, while its “fragrant gum” was prized by the Indians as “preservative of the teeth.” Of Smilax, the genus of sarsparilla, Catesby recorded that “the inhabitants of Carolina make a diet-drink, attributing great virtues to it in cleansing the blood,” while he was of the opinion that Anona, the custard apple or sweetsop, partook of a rank, fetid odor, “nor is the fruit relished but by very few, except negroes.”
was issued in six fascicles from 1800 to 1809. The complete work consists of eighty-eight pages of descriptive text and an index, and 138 hand-colored, unsigned copper engravings.
Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin or Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin. (February 16, 1727 – October 26, 1817) was a scientist who studied medicine, chemistry and botany.
He was born in Leiden in the Netherlands; he studied medicine at Leiden University, but later moved first to Paris and then Vienna. Between 1755 and 1759, Nikolaus von Jacquin was sent to the West Indies and Central America by Francis I to collect plants for the Schönbrunn Palace, and amassed a large collection of animal, plant and mineral samples.
For his work, he was knighted in 1774. In 1783, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 1806 he was made baron. He is commemorated by the genera Jacquinia (Theophrastaceae) and Jacquiniella (Orchidaceae). In 2011, the Austrian Mint issued silver coins to mark his science expeditions to the Caribbean.
Jacob George Strutt and Sylva Britannica
These hand colored etched prints come from Sylva Britannica, or portraits of Forest trees, distinguished for their antiquity, magnitude or beauty, drawn from nature and etched by Jacob George Strutt. Strutt (1784-1867) was a landscape painter and etcher by training, rather than a botanical draftsman. As a result, these tree images showcase superbly famous and distinguished trees in their surroundings. Strutt’s early training was in portraiture, but he also excelled in forest scenery and this was his most famous work.