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Elements of Botany. Part II. Terms of the Science
Author: Thornton, R. J., M.D.
Reference #: 1793
Status: For Sale
List Price: $95.00
J. Whiting, London, 1812. Pp. , 4-73 (“Terms of Botany”, with cross-referencing to plate numbers), [84 plates, printed rectos only]
Robert John Thornton (1768? – 1837) was a medical doctor, a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and a student at Guy’s Hospital in London where he opened a private practice in 1787. His two passions remained medical research and botany, and he wrote well-respected works in both fields. (Concise DNB Volume I, p 1296). The present work is the second volume (only) of his text on botany, this volume by itself being not only a resource of terminology but a collection of clear, illustrative line drawings.
Condition: Royal octavo (over 9”), quarter leather with some loss at the head of the spine; marbled paper-covered boards, with significant wear (see image). Despite these detractions, the binding remains tight and square; the text block clean.
Laid in is a business card from “James Lees, Gunmaker” of Perth, with the inscription on the back in fine pen identifying this as one of “Five Books belonging to John Rolls. Left with me when he was going to Glasgow. 7 September 1840” with the signature of Rolls appended. We have no further provenance, butt his date suggests that the donor may have been John Etherington Welch Rolls, High Sheriff of Monmouthshire (1807-1870).
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