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    WE have to announce the death of Pierre de Tchihatchef, which took place at Florence on the 13th ultimo. This gentleman was perhaps best known as a botanist, though his principal literary work,“Asie Mineure: Description Physique, Statistique, et Archéologique de cette Contrée,”took a much wider range. Prior to 1857, he travelled ten years in Asia Minor and Armenia, and, besides the work named, he published a large number of separate papers on a variety of subjects, chiefly however on botany and geology, commencing in 1840. Like so many Russians, he appears to have been an accomplished linguist, and wrote German and French with equal facility. He resided some years in France, and was one of the original members of the Botanical Society of France, founded in 1854. His “Botany of Asia Minor ”forms the third part of the work named above, and consists of two volumes of letterpress, and a volume of plates by Riocreux. Pierre de Tchihatchef was also the author of an admirable French translation of Grisebach's “Vegetation der Erde.” But this was something more than a translation, for it was cast in a better mould than the original, and contained much new matter, including an essay on the geological formation of oceanic islands.

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