MILLER, Philip (1691-1771). Figures of the most beautiful, useful, and uncommon plants described in The Gardeners Dictionary, exhibited on three hundred copper plates, accurately engraven after drawings taken from nature, with the characters of their flowers and seed-vessels, drawn when they were in their greatest perfection. London: Printed for the Author, [1755-] 1760.
2 volumes, 2o (445 x 282 mm). 300 hand-colored engraved plates, some partly color-printed and finished by hand, plates 222 and 295 large and folding, after drawings by J. Bartram, G.D. Ehret, W. Houstoun, R. Lancake and J.S. Mueller (plate 221 remargined, short tears to folds of folding plates, some offsetting). 19th-century half calf, uncut (some rubbing).
FIRST EDITION. In his preface Miller explains that the expenses of production have caused him "...almost from the Beginning...to contract his Plan, and confine it to those Plants only, which are either curious in themselves, or may be useful in Trades, Medicine, &c., including the Figures of such new Plants as have not been noticed by any former Botanists." William Houstoun supplied drawings of Mexican and Caribbean plants. Dunthorne 209; Great Flower Books, p.68; Henrey 1097; Hunt 566; Nissen BBI 1378; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 6059.