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First catalogue of what became the city and university botanical garden in Ghent

COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre.
Hortus Gandavensis Centrali Academiae annexus, juxta Linnaei methodum dispositus; ... = [on the facing page:] Description de toutes les plantes qui se cultivent dans le jardin botanique de l'École Centrale du département de l'escaut, a Gand, ...
Including [COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre]. Liste des plantes levées dans le jardin, sur les couches et dans les serres, pendant l'impression de cet ouvrage. (Du 1.er Germinal an X au 1.er Prairial an XI.) Supplément.
Paris, Nicolas-Pierre, François-Laurent-Xavier & Louis-Charles Levrault, an X [= 1802, recté 1803]. 12mo. With an additional title-page on A1, with the same wording as the French title above, but with imprint: Ghent, A.B. Stéven, an X [= 1802], and a 2-page list of the author's publications between the half-title and title-pages. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. [29], [3 blank], 176, [7], [1 blank] pp.
€ 1,000
First catalogue of the plants botanical garden at the École Centrale in Ghent, which later became the city and university botanical garden, arranged according to the Linnaean classification. The main text covers 687 numbered plant genera, often listing several species, with brief descriptions. The supplement lists 123 numbered species without descriptions, but also under the Linnaean class headings. The compiler Courdet de Villeneuve (1739-1806) was not a professional botanist but had been an overseer of printing in Revolutionary France and moved in 1800 to Ghent, where he taught grammar at the new École Centrale. When Napoleon conquered the southern Low Countries (territories of the Austrian Habsburgs) in 1794 Ghent became the capital of one of the new departements, which each had a central school with a library, botanical garden and other facilities for study.
With an owner's inscription. In very good condition. The binding is slightly rubbed and the head of the backstrip chipped and repaired, but still in good condition. An interesting record of botanical scholarship in Napoleonic Ghent. Kuijlen & Wijnands 66 & exhib. 2; Veendorp & Becking, p. 45 & bibliog. item 6.
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