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THORNTON, Robert.
A Grammar of Botany; Containing an Explanation of the System of Linnaeus, and the Terms of Botany, With Botanical Exercises. For the Use of Schools and Students.
London: R. Phillips, 1811 - Duodecimo (135 x 850 mm). Contemporary green sheep, rebacked, spine lettered in gilt direct with double gilt rules forming compartments, gilt serration to edges of covers. Contemporary ownership inscription and a later pencilled gift inscription to front free endpaper. Spine faded, slight marking to covers, corners reinforced, browning to paste downs and endpapers, slight brown marking to edges of text block, light foxing. A very good copy. 45 hand-coloured botanical plates, with plate 38 used as a frontispiece. First edition. Very scarce, with only the British Library edition listed on Copac. The 45 delicately coloured illustrations are a fine accompaniment to this educational book, which also contains 36 pages of advertisements for books suited for the instruction and entertainment of children. Robert Thornton was the author of the "Temple of Flora", one of the most notable of all botany books. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member
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