[MONROE, James]. LINNAEUS, Carolus (1707-1778). A General System of Nature, Through the Three Grand Kingdoms of Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals, Systematically Divided into their several Classes, Orders, Genera, Species and Varieties...With a Life of Linné... [ed. William Turton]. London: Lackington, 1806.
8o (8½ x 5 mm). Vol. 7 (only, of 7). Half-title, engraved portrait frontispiece of Linnaeus by Evans, Life of Linnaeus (42pp.), Glossary of Terms, Index. (Scattered very light foxing). Contemporary polished tree calf, spine gilt in 6 compartments, black morocco gilt-lettered label in two, edges speckled (Slightly rubbed). Cloth protective box.
JAMES MONROE'S COPY, WITH HIS BOOKPLATE, a simple but decorative design. A volume devoted to the classification of the mineral kingdom according to the Linnaean system. BOOKS FROM MONROE'S LIBRARY ARE RARE, although the library contained, by Monroe's own records, some 3,000 volumes. Many of Monroe's books were sold at auction in Washington in February 1849 after the death of Dolley Madison. Monroe's copy of Necker's De l'administration des finances de la France. Paris, 1784 sold here recently (Christie's 3 December 2007, $18,750).