Charles Plumier (1646-1704) and His Drawings of French and Caribbean Fishes
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Des planches et des mots

Charles Plumier (1646-1704) and His Drawings of French and Caribbean Fishes

Publications scientifiques du Muséum

Des planches et des mots


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Never was a man so denied a place in history than Father Charles Plumier.
Craftsman, illustrator, and engraver, but best known for his work as a
botanist, Plumier devoted the better part of his life to collecting and
illustrating plants and animals. Working nearly a century before the great
eighteen-century describers of the untold number of new organisms flooding
into Europe at the time, the major credit for Plumier's contributions to
botany and zoology was given to others. Born at Marseille in 1646, Plumier was
initially trained at the Convent of the Minims in mathematics and the physical
sciences, but soon turned his attention to natural history, taking on the
study of botany with great enthusiasm. He so impressed his superiors as a
botanist, as well as through his extraordinary talents as an illustrator and
engraver, that in 1689 he was appointed naturalist on an expedition to the
French possessions in the Antilles for the purpose of collecting objects of
natural history. The great success of this voyage, followed by two additional
expeditions to the West Indies, provided a life-long pension, and earned him
the title of “Botaniste du Roy.” Often ill and always anxious about the
publication of his work, Plumier spent the last years of his life in his cell
at the Minim Convent La Place Royale in Paris compiling his notes and drawings
and preparing manuscripts for the press. While on his way to Peru to discover
the tree that produces quinine, he suffered a sudden attack of pleurisy and
died on 20 November 1704 at the age of 58. Plumier’s legacy survives in an
enormous body of iconographic material still extant in the collections of the
Bibliothèque Centrale du Museum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. While
his botanical contributions have been described in some detail and many of his
plant drawings have been published, his influence on zoology has been
relatively unexplored and his animal drawings remain largely unpublished until
now. This volume, the first of a series of monographs planned for the near
future, designed to bring Plumier’s extraordinary work to light, imparts life
to images that have been essentially lost from public view for more than three
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