Title: Botany: A Study of Pure Curiosity
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Kate Ottevanger
Illustrator: P.J. Redouté
Year: 1979 (First Edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd.
Remarks: 1st British edition; erroneous ISBN on jacket flap: 0 7181 1825 1
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Description: "Rousseau was a highly influential philosopher in his day but, during the last years of his life, he spent a great deal of his time on the study of botany, a subject which had fascinated and attracted him throughout his life [leading him to write his famous Lettres Eleméntaires sur la Botanique.] In 1805, […] these letters were published again, but this time the famous French botanical artist, J.P. Redouté, was commissioned to illustrate the volume. It is this same volume, complete with Redouté's exquisitely delicate illustrations of many species of garden flowers and plants, which is here reproduced. The letters have been translated by Kate Ottevanger, an authority on 18th century French literature."
Smooth boards with a dark marble/granite effect and gilded text to spine. Corners and spine are straight. Unclipped (£10.00 net) pictorial jacket has some light scratches and scars, but is otherwise complete and in excellent overall condition. Marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Minor staining to page edges (does not affect contents). Pages are lightly tanned, but remain free from foxing, and are tightly bound.
Measures 25 cm × 19 cm (10″ × 7.5″). 4to. 156 pp.