8vo, pp. xvi, 901, [3 (publisher’s advertisements)]; copious wood-engraved illustrations in text; lightly toned, a few spots to early leaves, slight offsetting from illustrations; a very good copy in recent half black hard-grained morocco with marbled sides, spine gilt-ruled in compartments and lettered directly in gilt, marbled endpapers; a few contemporary ink notes.
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A new Family Herbal, or a popular Account of the Natures and Properties of the various Plantes used in Medicine, Diet, and the Arts … the Plants drawn from Nature … and engraved on Wood.
First edition of Thornton’s educational herbal, illustrated by Bewick. Though principally famous for his ‘visually magnificent failure’ the Temple of Flora (ODNB), Robert John Thornton (1768 – 1837) wrote on botany for all audiences, from treatises on Linnaeus’s system to the New Family Herbal, offering illustrated descriptions of plants and their medicinal uses.
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