The classes and orders of the Linnaean system of Botany…
The classes and orders of the Linnaean system of Botany. Illustrated by Select Specimens of Foreign and Indigenous Plants.

London: T. Bensley, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.

Three volumes, octavo, with 240 full page engraved illustrations, 237 of them hand coloured; a fine set in in a splendid contemporary binding of full green calf, sides bordered in gilt, spines panelled in gilt between bands, with double labels, marbled endpapers and edges.

With hand coloured engravings

The first edition, in three handsome period bindings. Richard Duppa (1770–1831) describes the taxonomic system first developed by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus He includes detailed instructions to name, describe and rank different species of plants and includes a 41-page botanical dictionary and a 9-page index. all but three of the 240 engravings are beautifully hand coloured.

The first edition, in three handsome period bindings. Richard Duppa (1770–1831) describes the taxonomic system first developed by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus He includes detailed instructions to name, describe and rank different species of plants and includes a 41-page botanical dictionary and a 9-page index. all but three of the 240 engravings are beautifully hand coloured.

A prolific writer, Duppa studied art in Rome and was skilled in drawing. He wrote on botanical, artistic and political topics and was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He lived at 7, Weymouth Street, Portland Place and died in Lincoln's Inn, London on 11 July 1831. The British Museum describes him as a printmaker, draughtsman and author and, as none of the botanical illustrations in this publication carry an artist or engraver's name it is likely that Duppa was personally responsible for the entire production.

This encyclopaedic botanical publication is a remarkable artistic achievement compiled by a knowledgeable botanist, and and an accomplished artist.

Provenance: With the bookplates of three early owners.

Lowndes II, 700; Plesch 1927, 213; Sitwell & Blunt, Great Flower Books, 1700-1900, 56.

Condition Report: A few scattered fox marks otherwise very good.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00

US$2,967.65   Other currencies

Ref: #5000722

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