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TitleAnnotated copy of A.v Haller's 'Nomenclator ex Historia Plantarum indigenarum Helvetiae' - J.S. Wyttenbach [and E. Davall?]
AdminHistoryJacob Samuel Wyttenbach (14 October 1748 - 22 May 1830 ) was a Swiss Protestant theologian and naturalist.
Edmund 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 interleaved and annotated copy of A.v Haller's 'Nomenclator ex Historia Plantarum indigenarum Helvetiae' (Berne, 1769). Annotations are thought to be in the handwriting of J.S.Wyttenbach and (possibly) Edmund Davall.

'J.S.Wyttenbach, 1791' is written on inside front cover, over which is mounted a bookplate of Rob Jas [Robert James] Shuttleworth. Also bears the signature of 'H[ilderic] Friend, Nov 1889' on a fly leaf.
Date1769 - [1925]
LevelFile
Extent1 bound volume
LanguageLatin
AcquisitionPresented to the Linnean Society by J.T. Tolley on 14 November [19]25.
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