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BOLTON, James.
An History of Fungusses, growing about Halifax. With (182) Copper-Plates; on which are engraved (231) Species of Agarics: Wherein their Varieties, and various Appearances in the different Stages of Growth, are faithfully exhibited in (about 900) figures, copied with great care from the plants, when newly gathered and in a state of perfection. With a particular description of each species, in all its stages, from the first appearance to the utter decay of the plant; with the time where they were gathered ; the soil and situation in which they grew, their duration; and the particular places mentioned, where all the new or rare species were found. The whole being a plain recital of the facts, the result of more than twenty years observation. 1-3,+ Appendix.
Halifax, printed for the author & Huddersfield, J. Brook, 1788-91. 4to. Engraved front.,+ xvi,+ 44; xvii-xxv,+ (blank),+ xxv-xxxii,+ 45-73,+ (5),+ 74-92,+ (1); (2),+ xxvii-xxxii,+ 93-138,+ (4); (2),+ xxxiii-xlii,+ 139-182,+ (12) pp.+ 182 hand-coloured engraved plates. Engraved vignett on p. v. The half title of the supplement is misbound before p. 135 of part 3. Some foxing, especially on the text leaves, which have also often been slightly discoloured by the plates. Worse foxing on pp. 163-67 and corresponding plates. Ink stains on plate 93. Fine later dark brown morocco spines over contemporary marbled calf boards, gilt spines with raised bands and with red and green title labels, boards with gilt frames, marbled edges. A very nice set from the library of Nils Fries, with his bookplate. Volbracht 196. Stafleu 623. Nissen 195. Neither Volbracht nor Stafleu mentions the ?Essay towards a Methodical Arrangement of Agarics?, making up the extra pp. xxv-xxxii in volume two, and with the often missing Appendix. The first English book devoted entirely to Fungi, with very fine, sensitive drawings, all of them executed by Bolton himself and many made directly on to copper plate from nature (Ainsworth p. 54). Not much is known about James Bolton. He is believed to have been an art teatcher, and he died in 1790. A German translation was published in 1795-1820, with the figures redrawn and rearranged. The first and only English mycological book to be translated into German (according to Ainsworth.) [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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