TRADESCANT, John (1608-1662). Musaeum Tradescantianum: or, a collection of rarities. Preserved at South-Lambeth neer [sic.] London by John Tradescant. London: printed by John Grismond, to be sold by Nathanael Brooke, 1656.
Sm.8° (137 x 84mm. and smaller), mounted in a 4° album (280 x 215mm). 2 mounted etched portraits by W. Hollar, extensively extra-illustrated with 2 original watercolours, 1 original drawing, 29 manuscript items (the majority letters addressed to Dr. James Forbes Young), 21 plates, including 8 tinted lithographs, and numerous related mounted letterpress cuttings. (Lacking an engraved armorial frontispiece and 1 leaf of preliminary text, other text leaves shaved with loss to headlines.) FIRST EDITION. BM(NH) V,p.2130; Madan 2292; Wing T-2005; Wood p.600. Andrew Coltee DUCAREL (1713-1785). A Letter from Dr. Ducarel... to William Watson... upon the early cultivation of botany in England; and some particulars about John Tradescant. London: W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1773. Small 4° (210 x 136mm. approx.), mounted to size. 2 engraved plates. First separately published edition. ESTC T13073. 2 works in one volume. Mid-19th century half calf (rebacked, old spine laid down). Provenance: Rev. Pegge (second work only, title inscribed by the author); Dr. James Forbes Young (compilor, numerous manuscript annotations, including manuscript 'half-title' at front: "Collectanea Tradescantia J.F.Y. 1852:3"); I. & F.W. Hosken (loosely inserted bookplate).
A fascinating compilation of printed and manuscript material on the two John Tradescants, father and son, who were perhaps the most important early 17th-century English gardeners, nurserymen and collectors of natural curiosities. The present volume was assembled by one of the main participants in the successful campaign to restore the tombs of both John Tradescant junior and Elias Ashmole. In addition to what is probably the first printed account of an English museum, Dr. James Forbes Young here includes Ducarel's rare pamphlet (an offprint from the Philosophical Transactions, vol.LXIII), numerous cuttings relating to the Tradescants and a large group of letters from those concerned with the restoration of the tombs at St. Mary-at-Lambeth, including Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) of Kew, and G.P.White - the carver and mason who carried out the restoration. Also included in the lot are two copies of Ducarel's work extracted from the Philosophical Transactions. John TRADESCANT, John (1608-1662). Musaeum Tradescantianum: or, a collection of rarities. Presfrved [sic.] at South-Lambeth neer [sic.] London by John Tradescant. London: printed by J. Grismond, to be sold by Nathanael Brooke, 1660.
Small 8° (147 x 91mm). Dedication to Charles II. Etched armorial frontispiece, 2 etched portraits by W. Hollar. (Late-18th century impressions of the portraits supplied from another source. Contemporary black morocco gilt, g.e. (extremities scuffed, spine label lacking). Provenance: John Brand (1744-1806, antiquary, bookplate, manuscript note 'Bought out of Payne's Catalge [sic.] March 9th. 1786- pr. 1-11-0 with two Heads'); unidentified armorial bookplate; John Hely-Hutchinson (bookplate, dated 1949). The second edition, with an interesting provenance. The wording of Brand's inscription may indicate that he inserted the two portraits (or 'Heads') when he bought the book from Payne in 1786. Madan 2473; Wing T-2006. (2)