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MENTHAE BRITANNICAE: BEING A NEW BOTANICAL ARRANGEMENT OF ALL THE BRITISH MINTS HITHERTO DISCOVERED. Illustrated with twenty-four Copper-plates, of the natural Size, Done from the Life by able Artists; Exhibiting a Figure of every distinct Mint herein treated of, Including all those enumerated by Ray and Hudson; Together with Several new Species hitherto unnoticed. By W. Sole.

BOTANY - SOLE, WILLIAM.

Published by Printed by R. Crutwell, Bath; and sold by Messrs. White, Fleet-Street; Bull and Co. and J. Barratt, Bath; Gilbert, Dublin; Hanwell, Oxford; and Hodson, Cambridge., 1798
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Folio. 9.75 x 13.5 inches. viii + 55 pp. + [1] pp. corrigenda. Illustrated by 24 engraved plates. Lacks plate 14, which has been replaced by a photocopy. Half-title. Bound in original green half morocco over marbled boards, rebacked with spine divided into compartments by raised bands and gilt rules, with red morocco label, gilt, now eroded. Extremities worn. Stain to upper blank margin of last leaf and isolated spotting elsewhere, otherwise a fine copy. 'The first published work to be devoted entirely to British mints' (Henrey). It is remarkable for its fine printing by Richard Cruttwell, and the quality of its engravings by William Hibbert, both of Bath, indicating the texture and shading of the mint plants. The original drawings from life were by James Hewlett, then of Bath, and others (see Henrey for further details). In his preface, the author critically surveys the work of earlier artists who had depicted mints, rating some as 'in general rude and Gothick' or 'very indifferent.' William Sole (1741-1802) was born and educated in Cambridgeshire, but later moved to Bath, where he practised as an apothecary-surgeon and lived for the rest of his life: 'One cannot watch most of the British mints growing in a garden in Bath for more than 25 years without knowing them very intimately' (quoted in Henrey). He also compiled an unpublished flora of Bath and was rewarded by the Bath and West of England Society in 1799 for his study of British grasses and their agricultural uses. Following the publication of the Menthae Britannicae a controversy ensued between Sole and James Edward Smith, President of the Linnean Society, who disagreed with Sole's nomenclature and classification. A fine copy of this scarce monograph. NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE BOTANY BOTANY 18TH CENTURY NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE ESTC T 149932. Henrey, 1362, pp.151-4. DNB. Bookseller Inventory # 20612

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Title: MENTHAE BRITANNICAE: BEING A NEW BOTANICAL ...

Publisher: Printed by R. Crutwell, Bath; and sold by Messrs. White, Fleet-Street; Bull and Co. and J. Barratt, Bath; Gilbert, Dublin; Hanwell, Oxford; and Hodson, Cambridge.

Publication Date: 1798

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