London, South Kensington
7 June 2005
WITHERING, William (1741-99). A Botanical Arrangement of all the Vegetables naturally growing in Great Britain. Birmingham: Swinney for Cadell and Elmsley, 1776. 2 volumes in 4, 8°, half title, folding frontispiece plate, preliminaries of Part I and glossary from end of Part II bound in one volume, one folding plate in vol I ('Index and Glossary' on spine lettering piece), 10 plates, blank leaves bound in at beginning and end, vols I-III with blank leaves bound in after each page of text (?lacking title page to vol. II, hinges split at i2 vol I, a little light marginal dampstaining). Contemporary polished calf, red and black leather lettering labels on spine (worn at extremities). Provenance: W. Burgh (owner's inscription vol. II) -- W. D. Foster (booklabel). FIRST EDITION. An unusual copy of this work with blank leaves bound in after each text leaf, to allow the owner to provide his own illustrations. The project however did not get terribly far with only 5 such illustrations completed. Henrey 1506; Freeman British Natural History Books 4062; BM(NH) 2343.
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