Most of the works that you can find in the collection fit within the field of traditional botany. There are treatises on natural history, numerous courses and manuals that show the progress of the scientia amabilis in recent centuries, and an excellent array of flowers and taxonomic monographs (on lichenology and mycology and on certain groups of spermatophytes) through the first quarter of the twentieth century. Some of these flowers illustrate the introduction of many plants from the Americas to the European continent.
One highlight is the third edition (1764) of the work Species plantarum (vol. 1, vol. 2)by Carl Linnaeus (who signed the volumes Caroli Linnaei). This work is considered to be the starting point for the system of nomenclature that is still used today in the naming of species, giving two Latin or Latinized names with the first corresponding to the genus and the second identifying the so-called specific epithet.
Ramon M. Masalles i Saumell
Professor Emeritus of Botany of the University of Barcelona