Flore du Liban et de la Syrie. TWO VOLUMES, TEXT & ATLAS.

Bouloumoy, Louis.

Book ID: 26802


Large 4to. Volume I: Text: vii, [1], 431 pp. / Volume II: Atlas: 512 plates (numbered 1-508 with 4 added plates to No. 420 [420a - 420d], half red morocco with cloth boards, slightly rubbed, title gilt on raised spine, marbled endpapers, original wrappers preserved, small label verso original cover of text volume, small marginal tears to 2 leaves in atlas volume without any loss, otherwise set in very good condition, Vigot Frères, Editeurs, Paris, 1930.


The only reference for the flora of the Orient until to mid-19th century was “Flora Orientalis” 1867-88 by Edmond Boissier. It seems that there was no demand for an up-to-date work on the subject. This changed when Rev. George F. Post of the American University of Beirut established what is now known the Post Herbarium. This formed a primary basis for the first of a new cycle of local works. In 1896 “Flora of Syria, Palestine and Sinai” by Post was published.
The advent of Francophone tertiary studies in Beirut in the late 19th century opened the way to an enduring tradition of French-language botanical works in the Lebanon and Syria. The first initiative was by Father Louis Bouloumoy of the Saint Joseph University of Beirut, who organised a herbarium and undertook botanical studies, largely completing them by 1914; his “Flore du Liban et de la Syrie” – this work – eventually appeared in 1930, its combination of text and atlas setting a precedent for later works on the Eastern Mediterranean.
Bibliographic reference: Frodin, “Guide to Standard Flora of the World”, p. 693.

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