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    Important Botanical Books

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 163

    NEWTON, James (1639-1718). A Compleat Herbal Containing the Prints and the English Names of Several Thousand Trees, Plants, Shrubs, Flowers, Exotics, &c. London: Printed by E. Cave and sold by Mr. Watson Mr. Parker...Mr. Sandby, 1752.

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    NEWTON, James (1639-1718). A Compleat Herbal Containing the Prints and the English Names of Several Thousand Trees, Plants, Shrubs, Flowers, Exotics, &c. London: Printed by E. Cave and sold by Mr. Watson Mr. Parker...Mr. Sandby, 1752.

    8o (190 x 110 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Newton and 175 plates numbered 2-176 (frontispiece tipped on to front flyleaf, a few plates cropped close, plate 157 with tear crossing plate). Early 19th-century tree calf, spine gilt (some minor wear, head of spine chipped). Provenance: Mrs. A.G. Hartland (gifted to): The Gloucestershire County Library (bookplate, library card envelope, and ink stamp on front pastedown, small library sticker on spine).

    FIRST EDTITION. Newton, a devoted botanist and physician who ran an asylum for the insane in London, began his herbal in 1680 but died before it was completed. It was published posthumously by his grandson, James, Rector of Nuneham, and went through several editions by 1805. In addition to the plates each illustrating 10 to 15 plants, A Compleat Herbal consists of a dedication to Earl Harcourt, a table of authors cited in the work, a preface, and an index of plants. Based on its text, the book seems to have been published for the purpose of identifying botanical specimens in the field. Henrey 1163.


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