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Withering, William (1741-1799).
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A botanical arrangement of British plants
An arrangement of British plants, according to the latest improvements of the Linnæan System : with a easy introduction to the study of botany. Illustrated by copper plates / By William Withering, M.D. F.R.S. Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Lisbon; Fellow of the Linnean Society; Honorary Member of the Royal Medical Society at Edinburgh, &c.
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Post-Soulsby no. 4889

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Printed for Cadell and Davies [et al.]
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6th edition, in four volumes: corrected and considerably enlarged / by William Withering, Esq. [the younger] F.L.S. Extraordinary Member of the Royal Medical Society of Edinbrugh, &c. &c.
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4 v. : ill. ; 22 cm (8°)
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Signatures: Vol. 1: pi2 A-Z8 AA-CC8 DD3; Vol. 2: pi2 B-Z8 Aa-Pp8 Qq2; Vol. 3: pi2 B-Z8 Aa-Oo8 Pp1 [$2 signed].
Previously entitled "A systematic arrangement of British plants" (fifth edition), "A botanical arrangement of British plants" (second and third editions) and "A botanical arrangement of all the vegetables naturally growing in Great Britain" (first edition).
Wisley: title on spine: Withering's Botanical Arrangemets [sic.].
Title page bears tags from Linnaeus - "Primus gradus sapientiæ est res ipsas nosse" - and Thunberg: "Inscrescunt quotannis Scientiæ, emendatur quotidie, et ad fastigium suum optatum sensim sensimque, plurium virorum opera et studio junctis, feliciter properant".
Volume I: Pp. xx, 402, [4], [17] leaves of plates. Volume II: [iv], 595 [12] leaves of plates. Volume III: [iv], 597-1138, [36], [3] leaves of plates. Volume IV: [iv], 481, [18], [2] leaves of plates.
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London: Title pages bear the autograph: Middleton.
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Great Britain.
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Withering, William
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William Flint (London, England)
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Wisley copy: shelved in WISRARE 8° sequence
Rare Books Room shelf 14
Wisley copies: shelved in WISRARE 8° sequence, Shelf 1B-4.
Includes bibliography, Vol. 1 pp. 101-112.
London: Bound in full diamond-pattern calf, with gilt double fillets on boards; gilt pattern on board edges. Panelled spine with five shallow bands blind-tooled in rope pattern, flanked by gilt dotted lines and blind decorative rolls; blind and gilt decorative patterns in panels. Black morocco label with gilt title: WITHERING'S / BOTANY. Volume numbers within gilt shields in fourth compartment. Red speckled edges. Endpapers marbled in brown shell pattern. Wisley: Half-bound in brown cloth and marbled paper (formerly endpapers) over boards with gilt-stamped spine title (bound by Nick Cowlishaw, September 1998).
Condition noted; 20021014. London: Base of spine eroded on vol. 3. Front boards loose on all volumes. Some foxing and offsetting from plates. Wisley: Marbled paper covers worn.
Condition noted; 20130807. Good. Vol. 1: edges and corners rubbed; spine worn; top and base of spine broken away, leather lifting; front hinge and top cord broken, board held by remaining cords; rear hinge broken, board held by cords. Vol. 2: edges rubbed, corners worn; spine very worn; bottom and section of top of spine broken away, leather lifting; front hinge broken, board held by cords; rear hinge cracked, endpaper splitting along edge of board. Vol. 3: edges and corner rubbed; spine worn; base of spine torn away and lifting, exposing lining and headband; front and rear hinges broken, boards held by cords, endpapers split along edge of board. Vol. 4: edges and corners worn; spine worn; lettering-piece lifting; front and rear hinges broken, boards held by cords, endpapers split.
WP. Amended DL/28.7.95; BE 14.10.2002. cw/31.8.05.dah/3.03.21
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