DILLENIUS, Johann Jacob (1687-1747). Hortus Elthamensis, seu plantarum rariorum quas in horto suo Elthami in canto coluit ... Jacobus Sherard. London: sumptibus auctoris, 1732. 2 volumes in one, 2° (444 x 275 mm). Text only, half title to second volume only. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with raised bands in 7 compartments, red leather lettering piece in the second (sometime rebacked, spine faded and rubbed, extremities lightly rubbed, corners bumped).
With Horti Elthamensis plantarum rariorum icones et nomina. Leiden: Haak, 1774. 2 plate volumes in one, 2° (393 x 256 mm.), title to second volume, 325 engraved plates (one additional plate numbered 167* in ink in a contemporary hand, occasional light marginal spotting throughout, affecting four plates more heavily). Contemporary quarter calf over marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands in 7 compartments, gilt lettering pieces in second and third compartments, foliate tools and centrepieces in the others (spine and joints worn, especially at head and tail, boards scuffed and corners rubbed, lacks half title to first vol.). Provenance: Gustave Charles Antoine Marie van Havre (19th-century engraved bookplate).
Mixed edition of the most important 18th-century work on plants in a private garden to be published in England. 'James Sherard (1666-1738), botanist and apothecary, had gardens at Eltham, south of Greenwich, famous for rare plants. Dillenius made the garden memorable through excellent illustrations, drawn and engraved by himself. They were sufficiently accurate to be of considerable service to Linnaeus.' (Hunt). Nissen BBI 492; cf. Henrey 643; cf. Hunt 637. (2)