CATESBY, MARK. Hortus Britanno-Americanus: or, a Curious Collection of Trees and Shrubs, the produce of the British Colonies in North America; adapted to the Soil and Climate of England. With Observations on their Constitution, Growth, and Culture: and Directions how they are to be collected, packed up, and secured during their Passage. London: Printed by W. Richardson and S. Clark for John Ryall, 1763.
Folio, 383 x 296 mm, contemporary English red half-morocco and marbled paper sides, upper cover detached, corners and edges worn, final leaf of text with a stain, title slightly dust-soiled and a little spotted.
FIRST EDITION. Title printed in red and black and 17 uncolored engraved plates containing illustrations of 62 subjects (first and last plate are full-page single illustrations, the rest four subjects per page) by Mark Catesby and based on the illustrations in his Natural History.
Dunthorne 73; Great Flower Books, p. 53; Henrey 544; Hunt 578; Nissen BBI 338.
Provenance: Mary, Marchioness of Rockingham, inscription on verso of front free endleaf: "Bequeathed to Charles William Viscount Milton by Mary, Marchioness of Rockingham. A.D. 1804" -- William Charles de Meuron, Earl Fitzwilliam, bookplate.