Buchoz, Pierre Joseph (1731-1807) Jardin d'Eden (Garden of Eden)
Pierre Joseph Buchoz was a French lawyer, physician, botanist and naturalist who was very interested in the medicinal virtues of various plants. The fine engravings in this publication have remarkable attention to detail, superior to most in that time period. The plates are generally titled using the Linnaean name, that given by Georg Eberhard Rumph (Rumphius), a famous 17th Century Dutch botanist, as well as the common French name. Buchoz produced some of the finest illustrated natural history works of his time. In some of these works, considerable use is made for the first time of drawings of Chinese plants executed by native artists. Much of Buchoz’s other works also have a distinctly oriental flavor. Buchoz is notorious for his method of making only subtle differences to plates and reusing them in many books.
Prints from this publication are extremely rare, and feature excellent original hand coloring.