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Darwin, Erasmus, 1731-1802
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[The botanic garden. A poem, in two parts ... The first American edition. [By E. Darwin, the Elder. With plates.]]
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Soulsby no. 730

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Publisher:
J. Johnson
Place of publication:
London
Publishing year:
1799
Edition:
The fourth edition.
Physical description:
2 parts ; (8o)
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English

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Contains 21 plates; plates 3, 6-9 engraved by William Blake after Henry Fuseli.
Plate 3: Fertilization of Egypt -- 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 Thomas Grenville (1755-1846).
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Blake, William,
1757-1827
Grenville, Thomas,
1755-1846
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000868216
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Darwin Erasmus 1731-1802
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The ¤botanic garden Part IPart II a poem in two parts [by Erasmus Darwin] with philosophical notes
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Soulsby no.:
Soulsby no. 730

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Publisher:
printed for J. Johnson
Place of publication:
London
Publishing year:
1799
Edition:
4. edition
Physical description:
xvi, 282, [2] s., [11] tav. ill.
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Linné
Carl von
1707-1778
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20191013043500.0
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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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Soulsby no.:
Soulsby no. 730.

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Publisher:
Printed for J. Johnson
Place of publication:
London
Publishing year:
1799
Edition:
4th ed.
Physical description:
2 v. (v. 1, xx, 4 ed. 492., v. 2, xvi, plates, 4 ed. 282 p.) 23 cm.
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Language(s):
English

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Subject:
Plants Poetry
Natural history.
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ocm03102153
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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802).
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Title:
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.
Varying title form:
Economy of vegetation Loves of the plants
Soulsby no.:
Soulsby no. 730

Edition details

Publisher:
J. Johnson
Place of publication:
London
Publishing year:
1799
Edition:
4th edition [but distinct from the 4th edition of The loves of the plants, 1794].
Physical description:
2 v. (Pp. xx, 492, [11] leaves of plates (1 of which, folding); xvi, 282, [2], [12] leaves of plates) : ill., front., chart ; 22.4 cm.
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Language(s):
English

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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.
Although the author's name does not appear on the title-page, Part I contains several congratulatory poems to the author, openly addressed as "Dr. Darwin".
Each part contains a collective and individual title-page.
Complete imprint statement: London: printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church-yard. 1799.
Press figures. Vol. I: B4v: 3. B6r: 8. C7v: 6. D1v: 1. D7r: 3. E5r: 3. E6r: 6. F6v: 8. F8r: 6. G6r: 6. G8v: 8. H6r: 6. H6v: 1. I2v: 2. I5v: 3. K2v: 1. K6r: 6. L6r: 3. M3v: 8. M5r: 1. N4v: 8. N6r: 7. O6v: 7. O8r: 6. P6r: 3. P8v: 8. Q8v: 6. R7v: 1. S1v: 7. T6r: 7. U5r: 7. U7v: 6. X1v: 8. Y7v: 8. Z7v: 1. Aa5r: 1. Aa6r: 7. Bb5r: 8. Bb6r: 3. Cc7v: 8. Dd5r: 4. Dd8r: 3. Ee3v: 1. Ee7r: 6. Ff7r: 7. Ff8r: 8. Gg2v: 8. Gg5v: 1. Hh8r: 8.Hh8v: 1. Ii4r: 3. Ii4v: 8. - Vol. II: B4v: 3. B4v: 6. C7r: 3. C7v: 4. D5v: 4. E1v: 6. F6r: 7. F6v: 4. G8v: 3. H1v: 3. H7r: 4. I5r: 7. I5v: 4. K5r:3. K5v: 8. L5r: 3. L6r: 8. M5v: 1. M7r: 3. N5r: 4. N8r: 6. O6v: 1. O8r: 8. P1v: 6. Q6r: 6. R5v: 3. S1v: 3.
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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.
Provenance:
London copy: Remains of an engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown of vol. II, now unidentifiable. In vol. I the bookplate has been more completely and cleanly removed. - Wisley copy: gift from L. R. Russell.
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Subject:
Botany
Plant physiology.
Classification system: Linnaeus.
Colour
Soils
Antiaris toxicaria.
18th century.
Poetry
Additional author(s):
Cowper, William
(1731-1800).
Hayley, William
(1745-1820).
Mundy, Francis Noel Clarke
(1739-1815).
Polwhele, Richard
(1760-1838).
Stephens, W. B.
Lindley, John
(1799-1865)
Russell, Louis R.
(1928-2011)
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Joseph Johnson (London, England)
Joseph Johnson (London, England)
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Rare Books Room shelf 55
London copy: Lindley Library purchase, 1866. Wisley copy: gift from L.R. Russell, May 2006.
London copy. Bound in tan calf with diced boards and gilt floral borders. Vol. I retains original spine: five raised bands, the top and base compartments filled with gilt dotted dicing, two other compartment with gilt whorls, one compartment originally bearing the title but now gouged, the final compartment bearing a gilt volume number framed by rows of gilt dotted dicing; all compartments bounded by gilt double fillets. Vol. II recased by Maltby, 1989, with spine of tan calf with five raised bands flanked by blind single fillets; gilt title THE / BOTANIC / GARDEN // DARWIN, with gilt date 1799 at base of spine. Top-edges stained, other edges speckled blue.
Wisley copy. Both volumes bound in calf mottled in diagonal stripes, with gilt borders and central panel boundaries on boards - the borders consisting of two pairs of double fillets and a row of stars. Spines divided into panels by gilt dotted lines. Black morocco lettering-pieces (only that on vol. I surviving) with gilt title DARWIN / BOTANIC / GARDEN. Gilt rolls on board edges, and gilt decorations on turn-ins. Marbled edges. Endpapers marbled in blue stormont pattern with blue and pink veins.
Condition noted; 20050628. London copy. Vol. I: front board detached, and rear board in process of detaching. Vol. II: front free endpaper perforated and creased. Boht vols.: title-pages stained by offsetting from frontispiece, some foxing on frontispieces. Offsetting from most plates onto facing pages, with varying degrees of accompanying staining.
Condition noted; 20151110. Wisley copy. Front board detached on both volumes, the board on vol. I badly repaired in the past with sellotape along the hinge edge. Boards heavily rubbed and scraped. Edges rubbed, leather lifting (esp. near hinge edge of vol. II), corners delaminating. Spines heavily rubbed and eroded, tops and bases broken away, lettering-piece of vol. II lost, lower headband of vol. I dangling. Front pastedown of vol. I has remains of a formerly affixed piece of printed text adhering to it. Plates heavily foxed, with offsetting onto facing pages.
Condition noted; 2014. London copy. Vol. I: fair; front board detached, rear board held by top cords. Vol. II: good. - Wisley copy. Vol. I poor, vol. II fair.
Condition noted; 2017. Wisley copy. Fair.
MRJ/2.8.96, rev BE 28.6.2005; rev. BE, 10.11.2015.
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London copy: marginal scorings in pencil in vol. II, pp. 247-50.