JAUME ST. HILAIRE, Jean-Henri. Plantes de la France, Decrites et Peintes d'apres Nature. Paris: Chez l'Auteur,  1808-1809. 1st eds. 4 Vols. 400 hand-colored plates. Rebound in period-style 3/4 red morocco and marbled-paper covered boards, raised spine bands, spines decorated in gilt. Occasional inobtrusive library blindstamps, some faint scattered foxing, else a very good or better set. Nissen BBI, 989. Great Flower Books, p. 105. "It is not until the beginning of the nineteenth century that precise scientific drawing commences to characterize French flower plates but with the transition the French artists such as Jaume St. Hilaire, Bessa, Turpin and Redoute rose almost immediately to world pre-eminence. These names are collector's high points"--Dunthorne, p. 4. Wilfrid Blunt praises the work's "charming little stipple plates." Jaume Saint-Hilaire studied flower painting in Paris under van Spaendonck.