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Flora Virginica Exhibens Plantas Quas V.C. Johannes Clayton in

GRONOVIUS, Johannes Fredericus

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GRONOVIUS, Johannes Fredericus. Flora Virginica Exhibens Plantas Quas V.C. Johannes Clayton in Virginia Observavit Atque Collegit. [with:] Index Supellectilis Lapideae. Leiden: Cornelium Haak, 1739-43. Two volumes and the extraneous index of stones all bound together in one volume. [6],128,[6];[2],129-206,[4];[4],29pp. Each volume and index with separate titlepage. Later green morocco by Birdsall, ornate gilt-tooled spine and covers, raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Spine slightly sunned. Trimmed close, occasionally affecting text. Third text leaf remargined along foredge with some loss of text, extra titlepage to first part with paper repair affecting one word. Scattered foxing. Overall very good, with an attractive and important provenance. SABIN 28923. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 739/135. PRITZEL 3607. HUNT 571 (another ed). BM NATURAL HISTORY II, p.739. ARNOLD ARBORETUM LIBRARY CATALOGUE, p.304. DNB (cd/rom). This copy bears the bookplate and ownership signature of noted naturalist and antiquarian William Borlase (1695-1772) on the verso of the front free endpaper. Gronovius' work, based on Clayton's specimens, comprised the first systematic flora of Virginia and was responsible for establishing many new genera. "John Clayton came to Virginia in 1705, where his father was attorney general. The DNB has confused him with another John Clayton, born in 1686, who came to Virginia at the end of the seventeenth century and contributed papers on medical botany to the Royal Society. The present John Clayton had an estate on the Piankatank River in Mathews County, spent much time in collecting Virginia plants, and discussed them with J.F. and L.T. Gronovius, Linnaus, Kalm, Collinson, and Bartram. Donald Culross Peattie writes in DAB: 'After many delays, the results of his work were embodied in the FLORA VIRGINICA by John Frederick Gronovius. Because Clayton's herbarium specimens formed the basis of this work, it is often asserted that it should be called 'Clayton's Flora Virginica,' but the final identification of the specimens, the science and system of the book, were largely the work of Gronovius" - Hunt. In later editions Gronovius employed a more Linnaan system of identification, but for the present first edition, he chose instead a binomial. Bookseller Inventory # 46059

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