Medical and Oeconomical Botany. With numerous illustrations. Second edition.

  • Lindley, John
  • London: Bradbury & Evans 1856


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SUBSTANTIALLY ANNOTATED IN INK AND EXTRA COLOUR PLATES INSERTED, 8vo, pp. [iv], 274, [2]. Black and white illustrations throughout pagination; 26 hand-coloured plates from another source loosely inserted at the relevant entries. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blocked in blind, boards blocked in blind. A little spotting and toning. Binding somewhat marked and sunned, mainly to spine and edges, small split to cloth at head of front joint. Ink ownership inscription of William Ford Edgelow to front flyleaf, copious manuscript notes in a different hand to endpapers and throughout text.


A heavily annotated reprint of the third work forming a textbook series 'The Elements of Botany' by botanist John Lindley (1799-1865). Fascinated by horticulture from an early age, Lindley published his first botanical work 'Observations on the Structure of Fruits and Seeds' at twenty, and by thirty he had become the first ever professor of botany at the University of London. He favoured Jussieu's 'natural system', and 'he declared that botany should become a philosophical subject, using every aspect of anatomy and physiology to order plants in their natural families' (ODNB). American plant biologist Asa Gray (1810-1888) hailed his 'Introduction to the Natural System', saying 'No book, since printed bibles were sold in Paris by Dr Faustus, ever excited so much surprise and wonder' (ODNB).
The contemporary annotations comment upon the medicinal and culinary uses of plants, adding other species, common names, and observations of their characteristics, with the extra colour plates carefully inserted to correspond with the relevant entries.

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