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DARWIN, Erasmus (1731--1802)
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.
London: printed for J. Johnson, 1791. (1794)
2 pts ; 27.6 cm. (4°)
I: viii, 212, [1], 212--214, 126, [2] p., engr. frontis., [9] pl. (1 fold.)
II: [4], viii, 200, [2] p., engr. frontis., [10] pl.

Anonymous. By Erasmus Darwin. Part II, 'The Loves Of The Plants', was published first in 1789; Part I, 'The Economy Of Vegetation', was first published in 1791. Following the volume title-page (dated 1791) as above, part I has a separate title-page on which it is described as the 'Second Edition'. Appended to it are lengthy and discursive 'Additional Notes' including one (note XXII) on the iconography of the Portland Vase, with four plates. The final leaf of part I contains the errata, directions to the binder and an advertisement for 'Books Published By The Botanic society at Lichfield'. Part II of the Soane copy has a separate title-page dated 1794, on which it is described as 'The Fourth Edition'. The two engraved frontispieces are dated 1 June 1791; that in part I was designed by Fuseli and engraved by Anker Smith. This part also includes a plate, 'Fertilization of Egypt' designed by Fuseli and engraved by Blake. ESTC t82158 (part I), t82155 (part II).

Copy Notes Soane's copy was purchased at Lord Lyttelton's sale, 1-6 July 1823, lot 82 with Arbuthnot's Tables of ancient coins, 1727 (q.v.), for £1 6s. (Journal, 11 July 1823). See also marked-up copy of the sale catalogue (q.v.). With the printed red paper ticket of the binder, 'Bound by/ C. Hering,/ No. 10 St. Martin Street,/ London', pasted on the front free-endpaper.

Binding Late C18th tree calf, gilt roll-tool Greek key borders with incorporated floral motif, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label. Bound by Charles Hering, Sr. and with his red printed ticket pasted on the front free-endpaper.

Reference Number 4085


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