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Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802).
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The botanic garden : a poem, in two parts : containing the economy of vegetation and the loves of the plants. With philosophical notes / by Erasmus Darwin, M.D.
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Economy of vegetation Loves of the plants
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Post-Soulsby no. 4887

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Jones & Company
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Pp. viii, v-vi, 9-203, [8] leaves of plates : illus., frontis., chart ; 22.2 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.
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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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Classification system: Linnaeus.
Plant physiology.
Antiaris toxicaria.
18th century.
Additional author(s):
Cowper, William
Hayley, William
Mundy, Francis Noel Clarke
Polwhele, Richard
Stephens, W. B.
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Jones and Company (London, England)
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Rare Books Room shelf 55
Rebound by Maltby, 1989. Rounded spine in brown calf, with paper over boards marbled in brown and green modern Turkish pattern. Spine with gilt single fillets top and base, and longitudinal gilt title: THE BOTANIC GARDEN - DARWIN, with date 1824 at base of spine. Top-edge stained.
Condition noted; 20050627. Spine stained near base by adhesive from previous label.
Condition noted; 2014. Good.
MRJ/2.8.96; rev BE 27.6.2005