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WESTON, R[ichard] (1733-1806)
Botanicus Universalis . The Universal Botanist and Nurseryman: Containing Descriptions of the Species and Varieties of alL the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs, Flowers, and Fruits, Natives and Exotics: at present cultivated in the European nurseries, greenhouses and stoves
Printed for J. Bell, London, 1777. Titles in Latin and English. 17 engraved plates (7 engraved by Miller). Engraved dedications in vols. 1-3. Contemporary half red morocco and marbled paper covered boards, flat spines gilt First edition, in a lovely contemporary binding. Weston "appears to have had an excellent knowledge of nursery gardening and nurseryman's sale catalogues. He was interested in agriculture and all forms of horticulture, and he also made a study of horticultural and botanical literature. His Botanicus Universalis . contains descriptions of the species and varieties of all plants at that time cultivated in European nurseries, greenhouses and stoves . The first volume . is devoted to trees and shrubs, and is inscribed to Hugh, third Duke of Northumberland, one of the great eighteenth century planters of trees ." (Henrey). The fourth volume includes a bibliography of botanical books, titled "A catalogue of the principal botanical authors and their works, for above two thousand years, from Theophrastus, to the year 1770." Henrey 1481; ESTC T81047. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA) [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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