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Wakefield, Priscilla
An Introduction to Botany, in a Series of Familiar Letters. With Illustrative Engravings
London: Printed for E. Newbery...Darton and Harvey...and Vernor and Hood, 1798. London: Printed for E. Newbery...Darton and Harvey...and Vernor and Hood, 1798 Second edition. The first was published in 1794. Some copies of this edition contain hand-colored plates.. Original gray-blue paper boards with light brown cloth spine. Twelvemo. With 11 numbered black-and-white copper plates (one fold-out) and a fold-out table listing botanical classes according to Linnaean taxonomy. Spine sunned. Some soiling to boards and rubbing to extremities. Small numerical label at foot of spine. Edges untrimmed. Front hinge cracking. Nineteenth century bookplate on front pastedown and contemporary ink signature on half-title. Some foxing to F gathering but otherwise very clean. A very good, fresh, and wide-margined copy of this important botany textbook. The lessons in An Introduction to Botany are staged as conversations between two sisters, Felicia and Constance. In the preface to the present work, the author explains that she wrote the present work to introduce young women to botany, since many young women at the time were not permitted to study Latin and were thus unable to read earlier botany texts.
Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/ILAB [United States]

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