24 June 2009
SMITH, James Edward. [Spicilegium botanicum. London: J. Davis for the Author, 1791-92].
2 parts in one volume, 4o (300 x 200 mm). 24 hand-colored engraved plates by James Sowerby (some occasional spotting). 19th-century half morocco, marbled boards by D. Dowsing (rebacked, some rubbing).
FIRST EDITION of parts 1 and 2 (all published) of Smith's treatise on rare and exotic plants. The title and imprint would have been printed on the original wrappers as it appears that no title-page was issued. The dedication and preface are in both Latin and English, with the descriptive text for each plate in Latin in the first fascicle and in English in the second fascicle. The many botanical publications by Smith, a physician and the first President of the Linnaean Society..." did much to advance the study of this science during his day. He was praised by his contemporaries not only for the accuracy of his writings, but also for the clearness of his scientific descriptions. Moreover he was frequently commended for the elegance of his style" (Henrey, p. 188). Henrey 1357; Hunt 719; Nissen BBI 1862. Pritzel 8736.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Highlights from the R. Eden Martin Collection features extraordinary first editions and manuscripts by the likes of Pasternak, Pushkin, Bulgakov and Tolstoy
The remarkable memoir of a British naval officer who witnessed and recorded the historic events of 11 November, 1918
Looking back on a week of auctions featuring masterworks representing some of the greatest collections assembled in the United States
Explore key British artists from the 19th century to the present day, to be offered across four sales of Modern British Art and British Impressionism this November at Christie’s London.