Recherches Chimiques sur la Végétation.
One folding engraved plate & 16 folding printed tables. viii, 327,  pp. 8vo, cont. green calf-backed marbled boards (rather well-rebacked with the orig. spine laid-down), flat spine gilt. Paris: Nyon, 1804.
First edition of the work which “laid the foundations of a new science, phytochemistry. Saussure examined the chief active components of plants, their synthesis, and their decomposition. He specified the relationships between vegetation and the environment and here, too, did pioneering work in what became the fields of pedology and ecology.”–D.S.B., XII, p. 124.
In this work, Saussure systematically applied for the first time the quantitative method of... More