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TitleAnnotated copy of 'Nomenclator ex Historia Plantarum indigenarum Helvetiae' - [Edmund Davall?]
AdminHistoryEdmund Davall (1762-1798) was born on 24 November 1762 in England to Edmund Davall (1737-1784) and Charlotte Thomasset (1728-1788) both of Swiss origin. After his father's death, Davall returned to Switzerland with his mother and took up residence with his aunts at Orbe, Canton de Vaud. Here he created a botanical garden which he looked after.

In 1787, he discovered different plants with Albrecht von Haller (1758-1823), which is classified in the nomenclature of Jean Louis Antoine Reynier (1762-1824). It was his neighbor Charles Victor de Bonstetten (1745-1832), the last bailiff of Nyon and member of the Groupe de Coppet , who encouraged him to get in touch with Jakob Samuel Wyttenbach (1748-1830), pastor and naturalist. He is also related to Jean Senebier (1742-1809), pastor, botanist and librarian of Geneva , La Chenal and the great naturalist Horace Benedict de Saussure (1740-1799), who came to visit him in Orbe. Saussure cites Davall in his Travels in the Alps published in Neuch√Ętel in 1796.

Davall became interested in botany, making the acquaintance of Edward Forster and of James Edward Smith, and was one of the original Fellows of the Linnean Society. He was elected as a Fellow on the 15 July 1788.

In November 1789 Davall married a Swiss woman named De Cottens, by whom he had a daughter, who died in infancy, and a son, Edmond (born 25 March 1793), who went on to be a botanist and politician.

Davall died on 26 September 1798, leaving an unfinished work on the Swiss Flora, and his name was perpetuated in the genus of ferns Davallia by his correspondent Smith.
DescriptionAn extensively annotated copy of 'Nomenclator ex Historia Plantarum indigenarum Helvetiae' relating to the history of plants of Switzerland by Alberto.v Haller (Berne, 1769). Annotations [thought to have been done] by Edmund Davall. Inserted at the front is a list entitled "Desiderata de Monsieur Chaillet de Neuchatel en Suisse" containing loose cards with notes as well as hearts and crosses on the reverse, and appears to be asking for particular plants.
Extent1 bound volume
Creator Name[Davall, Edmund ?]
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