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Flora Oxoniensis, exhibens plantas in agro Oxoniensi sponte crescentes, secundum systema sexuale distributas
Oxonii: typis Academicis. Prostant venales apud Fletcher et Hanwell, et J. Cooke, Oxon. 1794. First edition, xxiv, 422, [16]pp., with a dedication to Sir Joseph Banks and the final errata leaf, nineteenth-century quarter calf, marbled boards, joints cracked and worn. John Sibthorp (1758-1796) graduated at Oxford in 1777 and studied medicine in Edinburgh and Montpellier. He succeeded his father as Sherardian professor of botany at Oxford in 1784 and left England soon after for Gottingen and Vienna, where he studied the Dioscorides manuscript, the Codex Vindoboniensis, and was introduced to Baron Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin to Ferdinand Bauer. Sibthorp planned a botanical tour of Greece and the Levant to identify more accurately the plants named as remedies by Dioscorides and persuaded Bauer to join him as botanical artist, together with Sibthorp's brother-in-law, John Hawkins. Returning to London in 1787, Sibthorp took part in the foundation of the Linnean Society in 1788 and began work on Flora Oxoniensis (published 1794). This is only the second book to be published on the wild plants of an English county, after Ray's catalogue of Cambridge plants. Henrey, 1320; Stafleu TL2 11.933.
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