Scheuchzer (1775)

Johann Scheuchzer

scheuchzer on grasses

Scheuchzer's Agrostographia, an early book on grasses, rushes, and sedges, is a weighty tome of 512 pages published in Zurich in 1775. The first edition was issued in 1719. Written in Latin and based on Tournefort's classification, it is illustrated by many small drawings with a few larger ones folded in at the end. Purely a work of science, the illustrations are strictly utilitarian and make little pretence at expressing the delicate beauty of these plants of which other artists have often made such appealing pictures.