The English Flora Four Volumes. James Edward Smith.
The English Flora Four Volumes

The English Flora Four Volumes

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824-1828. Hardcover. First edition of this exhaustive account of the native plants of England. Founder of the Linnean Society, James Edward Smith (1759-1828) was one of the one of the most preeminent British botanists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Following the death of Carl Linnaeus the younger, Smith purchased the collections of Carl Linnaeus. In 1788, Smith founded the Linnean Society of London with Samuel Goodenough (1743–1827) and Thomas Marsham (1748–1819), and became its first President, a position he held for life. His library and botanical collections acquired European fame and were visited by numerous entomologists and botanists from the entire Continent. Smith spent the last thirty years of his life writing books and articles on botany. His books included Flora Britannica and The English Flora (4 volumes, 1824 – 1828). In this work, Smith augments each volume's descriptions and observations with bibliographies of the books quoted in that book and with detailed indexes of the orders and plant names. Bound in contemporary three quarter brown leather with brown paper covered boards. Leather is stained, bumped and rubbed with wear to edges. Top of spine on Volume II is torn. Boards are generally good with some stains and abrasions. Some hinges tender. Pastedowns and free endpapers with some spotting. Text pages are clean and bright with occasional scattered spots. Very good condition. Small octavos. Volume I: xlv, 371 pages; Volume II: iii, 470 pages; Volume III: vi, 512 pages; Volume IV: vi, 373 pages. NATURE/082421. Very Good.

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