Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz (1731–1807) was a French naturalist, physician and lawyer. He published Collection precieuse et enluminée... in 1776, toward the end of the European chinoiserie movement; it was the first Western publication to include the work of native Chinese artists. With its distinctive styling, this masterpiece was intended to engage decorative artists and naturalists alike. The two volumes of this rare publication feature elaborately colored plates that depict plants of China and Europe alongside birds, butterflies and insects.
The thirty-two images here were selected from Collection precieuse et enluminée... in the collection of the New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
120 pages with Wire-O binding and a soft cover with flaps.
Printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable and economically viable.