Flora of North America
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Flora of North America

WILLIAM BARTON, 1821-1823

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Flora of North America
William Barton, 1821-1823
BARTON, William (1786-1856). A Flora of North America. Philadelphia: M. Carey and sons, 1821-23.

First edition of an important early American plate book. "Barton, the most distinguished botanist in the United States, clearly hoped the plates in his first American flora would match European standards ... the plates were made by Cornelius Tiebout, the first really skilled engraver born in the United States, although he trained in London for two years in the 1790s to perfect his technique" (Stamped with a National Character). Barton was a Naval surgeon, later becoming a famously charismatic professor of Botany at the University of Pennsylvania and specializing in Materia Medica. Bennett, p. 9 (incorrect plate count); Dunthorne 26; Nissen BBI 84; Pritzel 446; Stamped with a National Character 11; Sabin 3858.

Three volumes, quarto (264 x 209mm). Half-titles in vols 2 and 3, 106 stipple engravings with both printed and hand-coloring, 2 of which are folding (some toning and spotting, vol. 3 dampstained in gutter at end, the double-page plate 63 is separated at the join). Modern green morocco-backed boards (light scuffing). Provenance: Elizabeth Powel (signatures in vol. 1) – Mary Hogarth (gift inscription from her "affectionate friend" Tabitha Wright in vol. 3) – erased stamps of University of Pennsylvania Library in all vols.

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