Exotic Botany: consisting of coloured figures and scientific descriptions, of such, New, Beautiful, or rare Plants as are worthy of cultivation in the Gardens of Britain; with remarks on their qualities, history, and requisite modes of treatment.
The figures by James Sowerby. London, Printed by Taylor & Co., 1804-1805. 2 volumes (bound in one).8vo (230 x 140mm). pp. vii, 118, (1); 122, (2), with 120 fine handcoloured (many folded) engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt decorated spine with red gilt lettered label, sides with gilt border, gilt edges (spine laid down).
Sir James Edwards Smith (1759-1828) was a famous English botanist who purchased the complete library, manuscripts, herbarium and natural history collections of Linnaeus for one thousand guineas. He became the first President of the Linnean Society. The present book describes the recently introduced exotics from America, Australia, Asia and South Africa. "Mr. Lambert has most liberally intrusted to us his collection of New Holland sketches, all the original specimens of which, chiefly collected by Dr. White at Port Jackson ... Captain Hardwicke, so well known by his interesting travels in India, unsolicited and without reserve has offered me the use of his immense collection of botanical drawings, the most accurate and beautiful ever brought to England. Above all, Sir Joseph Banks, ... has freely offered out of the abundance of his riches, any thing which may be desirable for this publication" (From the Introduction). "In 1804 Smith published 'Exotic Botany' This too was illustrated by Sowerby and included many Australian plants" (H. Hewson, Australia. 300 Years of botanical illustration p. 76). James Edward Smith's 'Specimen of the Botany of New Holland' (1793-95) was the first Australian flora. Stafleu & Cowan 12.244; Great Flowers Books p. 76.
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