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CURTIS, William.

Flora Londinensis: or plates and descriptions of such Plants As Grow Wild In The Environs Of London:

With Their Places Of Growth, ...

Stock Code
100239
London, printed for and sold by the Author and B. White, 1777
£15,000

First edition, with interesting provenance, of William Curtis's magisterial survey of the flora of London and the southern counties of England. It was the earliest English flora illustrated with coloured plates to be in any way approaching comprehensive. This copy with the catalogue of plants in the environs of Settle, the general observations on grasses, and the indices to the fascicules, often lacking.

Godman (1834-1919) was an English lepidopterist, entomologist and ornithologist. He was one of the twenty founding members of the British Ornithologists' Union. Along with Osbert Salvin, he is remembered for studying the fauna and flora of Central America. He lived at South Lodge, Horsham, and had a magnificent garden.

The work, intended to portray all the native plants within a ten-mile radius of London, was issued irregularly in 75 numbers between May 1775 and 1798. However, Curtis's ambitious enterprise received little encouragement, and was cut short for lack of

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Description

First edition. 2 vols, folio (46 x 27 cm). Engraved vignette on title-page, 435 (on 432) hand-coloured plates after Sydenham Edwards, William Kilburn, James Sowerby and others, dedication leaves and 1 leaf of subscribers in vol. I. (upper outer corner of one text leaf (for Veronica Montana. Mountain Speedwell, the seventh plate) in vol. II torn and repaired with text supplied in manuscript, some leaves very lightly browned, a few instances of offsetting). Nineteenth century brown half morocco gilt over red pebble-grained cloth sides.

Bibliography

Cleveland (Herbal), 532; Dunthorne 87; Great Flower Books (1990) p. 88; Henrey 595; Hunt 650; Nissen (BBI), 439; Pritzel 2004; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1286.

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