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Plumier was better known as a botanist. Abell, Leggat, & Ogden (in A Bibliography of The Art of Turning) identify Plumier's work of 1701 as "the earliest known work devoted exclusively to turning."

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1701 Edition (Lyon)

Google Books has digitized the Lyon Public Library copy of this work; the icon at left links to a local copy of that digitization. It bears two title pages. The second of these is printed by letterpress and gives the publication as Lyon: Chez Jean Certe, 1701. This is preceeded by an engraved title page with the publication details listed as: "Imprimé par Les soins de Monsieur L'abbé Perichon Preuost de St. Saluadour", with no date.

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1749 Edition (Verdun)

The second edition, of 1749, has been digitized by the poet and multimedia artist Christian Lavigne from the copy of the Library of Study, Verdun, Meuse, France. It is available for free download at: The quality of this photographic reproduction is much higher than that of the Google Books scan of the first edition.

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Ferraglio Translation (1975)

Dr. Paul L. Ferraglio translated Plumier in 1975. This was printed in a very limited edition and is now scarce (I've never seen a copy).

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Wulff Translation

Enrique Wulff has translated the 1749 edition into English. This translation is available online for free download on Christian Lavinge's web page at:

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