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[Darwin, Erasmus].
The Botanic Garden; A Poem in Two Parts. Part I. Containing The Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants with Philosophical Notes.
London; Printed for J Johnson, 1791., 1791. Two volumes bound as one. SECOND EDITION with Blake illustrations... Quarto, pp xii, 214, 126 Additional Notes, [2]; [4], xi, [1], 202, [2]. 2 engraved frontispieces, 18 engraved plates as called for plus extra plate opposite p. 87. Fertilisation of Egypt plate to Vol I by William Blake, plus 4 engravings of the Portland Vase which bear no imprint but: " Blake's responsibility for the plate is indicated by Joseph Johnson's letter to Erasmus Darwin on 23 July 1791 in which he states 'Blake is certainly capable of making an exact copy of the vase'" (Bentley). Half polished calf with 5 raised bands, gilt titles and black-stamped decoration to spine; marbled boards. Spine sunned; corners rubbed. Text block slightly cropped with association loss to lower edge of some plates. Minor foxing, mainly to prelims, and a little offsetting. Armorial bookplate, inverted, of Rev. Fred Ekins to rear pastedown. A solid copy. The first major literary work by Darwin, with scientific and botanical themes which are believed to have influenced the development of his grandson Charles' ideas, later developed into the theory of evolution. Bentley, Blake Books p. 547.
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