Sowerby's English Botany, Vol. 15 - James Sowerby + James Edward Smith

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Sowerby's English Botany, Vol. 15 - James Sowerby + James Edward Smith

300.00

James Sowerby and James Edward Smith | London: R. Taylor, 1802.

English Botany or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms and Places of Growth, Volume 15. First edition. Multiple hand-colored, copper-plate engravings.In very good condition with some light foxing found intermittently throughout (see photos). 

English Botany was a major publication of British plants comprising a 36 volume set, issued in 267 monthly parts over 23 years from 1791 to 1814. The work was conceived, illustrated, edited and published by the botanical illustrator and natural historian, James Sowerby. The brief, but formal descriptions were mostly supplied by the founder of the Linnean Society, Sir James Edward Smith. Initially Smith declined to have his name associated with the work as he considered his professional co-operation with a mere artisan such a Sowerby might degrade his standing in higher circles. However, following the phenomenal public success and general acceptance by the professional class of the work he insisted that the title page of the fourth and succeeding volumes include his name.

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