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The botanic garden; a poem, a in two parts. Part I. containing The economy of vegetation. Part II. The loves of the plants. With philosophical notes. [By Erasmus Darwin, the Elder. With plates.]
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Soulsby no. 726

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J. Johnson
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London
Publishing year:
1791
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2 parts ; (4o)
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English

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Imperfect; wanting the titlepage to part 1. The titlepage of part 2 bears the imprint: "Printed by J. Jackson : Lichfield ; sold by J. Johnson : London" and the date 1789.
Contains 18 plates; plates 3, 6-9 engraved by William Blake after Henry Fuseli.
Plate 3: Fertilization of Egypt / H Fuseli RA: inv WBlakesc – Plate 6: The Portland Vase – Plate 7: The first Compartment – Plate 8: The second Compartment – Plate 9: The Handles & Bottom of the Vase.
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From the library of Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820).
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Darwin, Erasmus,
1731-1802
Blake, William,
1757-1827
Banks, Joseph,
1743-1820
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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)
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The botanic garden" by Erasmus Darwin / edited by Adam Komisaruk and Allison Dushane.
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Soulsby no. 726,Soulsby no. 729

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Routledge
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London
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2017
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2 v. (xiii, 401 p.; ix, 236 p.) : ill., facsims. ; 24 cm.
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The Pickering masters series
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English

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Volume 1. Editorsʼ introduction -- Editorial principles -- Reading text. The economy of vegetation. Additional notes -- Additional illustrations -- Explanatory notes. The economy of vegetation. Additional notes -- Table of minerals -- Description of the illustrations -- Textual notes. The economy of vegetation. Additional notes -- Bibliography. Volume 2. Editorial principles -- Reading text. The loves of the plants. Additional notes. Supplement -- Additional illustration -- Explanatory notes -- Table of plants -- Description of the illustrations -- Textual notes -- Bibliography.
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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)
Botany
Poetry
Natural history
Criticism
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Komisaruk, Adam
Dushane, Allison Leigh
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The economy of vegetation.
The loves of the plants.
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ocm01393534
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Bibliography: vol. 1, p. 388-401, vol. 2, p. 223-236.
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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)
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The botanic garden : a poem, in two parts. Part I, The economy of vegetation. Part II, The loves of the plants : with philosophical notes.
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Soulsby no.:
Soulsby no. 726,Soulsby no. 729

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Printed for J. Johnson
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London
Publishing year:
1791
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2 v. in 1. : 1 illus., 20 pl. ; 27 x 22 cm.
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English

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Each part has special t.-p. and separate paging.
Copy 1: Part 1 is 1st edition, 1791; Part 2 is 1st edition, Lichfield, 1789. Cloth bound: plates stamped "Shrewsbury Library".
Copy 2: Part 1 is 1st edition, 1791; Part 2 is 4th edition, London, 1794. Leather bound: from the Library of W.A.Bromfield.
Additional notes" to pt. 1 have separate paging (126 p.) and include notes on the Portland vase (p. 53-59,4 pl.)
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From the Library of W. A. Bromfield (copy 2).
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Botany
Poetry
Natural history
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Bromfield, William Arnold
(1801-1851)
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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802).
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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.
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Economy of vegetation Loves of the plants
Soulsby no.:
Soulsby no. 726

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Publisher:
J. Johnson
Place of publication:
London
Publishing year:
1789[-1791]
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2 v. (Pp. xii, 212, 211-214, 126, [2, errata, directions to the binder, advert.], [10] leaves of plates; [viii], v-viii, 1-24, 24-25, 25-184, [8] leaves of plates) : illus., frontis. 26.8 cm.
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Part II of The Botanic Garden (The loves of the plants) was published first, in 1789, and part I (The economy of vegetation) in 1791. By that time, however, part II had appeared in a second edition (1790), and each subsequent edition can be considered as a composite of two editions, until the third/fourth edition of 1795/94. There followed another "fourth" edition in 1799, and an unnumbered posthumous edition in 1824. See Henrey 468-471, 612-614 for details.
The author's name did not appear on the title page until the third/fourth edition of 1795/94.
Collective title-page in the first volume, and individual title-pages for both parts.
Complete imprint statement for vol. I, general title-page for the whole work: London, printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church-yard. MDCCXCI. Entered at Stationers Hall. - The same imprint statement appears on the following title-page for vol. I alone. - Complete imprint statement for vol. II: Lichfield: Printed by J. Jackson. Sold by J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard, London: M,DCC,LXXXIX. [Entered at Stationers' Hall.].
Press figures. Vol. I: B1v: 2. C3v: 2. D2v: 2. E2v: 2. F2v: 2. H3r: 2. I3r: 2. K2r: 2. R4v: 2. S3r: 2. T1v: 2. U3v: 2. Z3r: 2. Aa3v: 2. Cc3r: 2. 2E2v: 2. 2I4v: 2. Vol. II: pi3v: 2.
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The loves of the plants is a fanciful treatment of the Linnaean system of classification, with the pistil represented by a maiden, courted by swains to the number of the stamens. Additional notes for Part I (The economy of vegetation): 1. Meteors. 2. Primary colours. 3. Coloured clourds. 4. Comets. 5. Sun's rays. 6. Central fires. 7. Elementary heat. 8. Memnon's lyre. 9. Luminous insects. 10. Phosphorus. 11. Steam-engine. 12. Frost. 13. Electricity [& fairy-rings]. 14. Buds and bulbs. 15. Solar volcanoes. 16. Calcareous earth. 17. Morasses. 18. Iron. 19. Flint. 20. Clay. 21. Enamels. 22. Portland vase. 23. Coal. 24. Granite. 25. Evaporation. 26. Springs. 27. Shell fish. 28. Sturgeon. 29. Oil on water. 30. Ship-worm. 31. Maelstrom. 32. Glacier. 33. Winds. 34. Vegetable perspiration. 35. Vegetable placentation. 36. Vegetable circulation. 37. Vegetable respiration. 38. Vegetable impregnation. 39. Vegetable glandulation. - Additional notes for part II (The loves of the plans) are not so numbered, but the major note is the Description of the poison-tree in the island of Java.
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Botany
Classification system: Linnaeus.
Colour
Plant physiology.
Soils
Antiaris toxicaria.
18th century.
Poetry
Additional author(s):
Stephens, W. B.
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Joseph Johnson (London, England)
Joseph Johnson (London, England)
Joseph Jackson (London, England)
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Rare Books Room shelf 55
Vol. I bound in brown cloth library binding; rounded spine with gilt title BOTANIC / GARDEN / - / DARWIN, and date 1791 at base of spine. Vol. II bound in quarter brown calf, with paper over boards marbled in faded blue and yellow spot on stormont pattern; spine with five raised bands flanked by gilt single fillets; red morocco lettering-piece with gilt title BOTANIC / GARDEN. Both volumes with red speckled edges, and stained top-edges.
Condition noted; 20050629. Vol. I: heavy foxing in gatherings Bb and 2D. Vol. II: Boards detached, front free endpaper detached. Board edges rubbed. Endpapers foxed. Minor creasing and cockling; stain on P3r, and stain from inclusion in paper on S4. First plate on Linnaean classification has tear at fore-edge.
Condition noted; 2014. Good.
MRJ/2.8.96, rev BE 29.6.2005
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Strips of lined paper have been tipped onto the fly-leaf recto of vol. I, and the front pastedown of vol. II, marked "Do not take out of book", listing the plates in each volume. A cutting from the Sunday TImes for 28 April 1957, about Dionaea muscipula, has been pasted onto the front free endpaper of vol. II.
Vol. I: silverpoint annotation on p. 123: "Linsel", in footnote, corrected marginally to Lilleshall. Vol. II, p. 29: line 298, "his" amended in pencil to "her"; p. 87: "second" to "third"; p. 94, "boated" to "bloated"; p. 101, "isle" to "isles".