Autograph Letter Signed, to Filippo Parlatore, the Italian botanist, at a hotel near the Bibliotheque Imperiale, apparently about an unwelcome invitation from their esteemed colleague Dureau de la Malle to a Symposium, or a even “un dejeuner a la fourchette” which Montagne’s regime does not permit. In French. A very good one page example, 8 x 5 inches. Embossed initials CM. With a separate address panel. Paris, 12 November 1854. Jean Pierre François Camille Montagne (1784 – 1866), French military physician and botanist who specialized in the fields of bryology and mycology. At the age of 14, Montagne joined the French navy, and took part in Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt. In 1802 he returned to France to study medicine, and two years later became a military surgeon. In 1832, at the age of 48 he retired from military service to concentrate on the study of cryptogams (mosses, algae, lichens and fungi). In 1853 he was elected a member of the Académie des sciences.