Graminae Chilensis by  Emile Desvaux
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This folio of grasses from 1853 is part of a larger study by Claude Gay, "Historia física y política de Chile". Even though Émile Desvaux had a very short life (b.1830 d.1854) he became one of the forerunners of botany in France. He became interested in botany at the age of ten and with his father's encouragement studied in Paris and received a Bachelor of Physical Science in 1847. He collaborated with his professor and mentor, Claude Gay, to promote France as a scientific center for the study of botany.

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This book was photographed and digitized by Debbie Windus.
Web design by Debbie Windus and Chandra Oleksiewicz.
Special thanks to Amy Conley for her assistance with the French translation.

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