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Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England, from Its origin to the Introduction of the Linnaean System
London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1790. In two volumes. xvi, [4], 360pp; [7], 352pp, [31]. Contemporary calf, recently rebacked, contrasting red morocco lettering-pieces, gilt, contemporary marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed. Internally clean and crisp. Richard Pulteney (1730-1801), English botanist and physician. An apothecary and surgeon by training, Pulteney did not undertake formal academic study into medicine until his thirties. Despite attaining his degree and establishing a successful practice he remained unfulfilled, longing to devote his attentions to the, then much maligned, field of botany. In 1782 Pulteney published his A General View of the Writings of Linnaeus, containing the first English biography of the noted Swedish botanist and cementing his reputation as a scholar and leading exponent of the Linnaean system of taxonomy. Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England, his second work, provided an introduction to the fledgling science alongside selected lives of its chief contributors. Though the work did not find popularity with the public in its day, it remains an invaluable resource for the historiography of the subject. ESTC T81254.. First edition. 8vo.
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