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Item Description: B White, London, 1785. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. xxiv, [1] pp 2-503 [1] [28] Index [folding table opposite page 115] The first English edition of Rousseau's Letters on the Elements of Botany comprising eight translated letters by the philosopher followed by twenty four written by the translator and Cambridge Professor of Botany, Thomas Martyn. This example is bound in half calf over marbled boards. The binding is worn with scuffing to the boards and tender hinges. A heraldic bookplate is on the front pastedown; the text and engraved table are clean and complete. Martyn's translation and expansion of Rousseau was highly successful and went through a series of reprints over the next few decades. Apparently a lady should be able to identify plants herself! Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book. Bookseller Inventory # 001293

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J. J. Rousseau & Thomas Martyn

Published by J. White at Horace's Head, London (1802)

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Item Description: J. White at Horace's Head, London, 1802. Fine Binding. Book Condition: Fine. Sixth Edition. LETTERS ON THE ELEMENTS OF BOTANY Addressed to a Lady by the Celebrated J. J. Rousseau. Translated into English with Notes and Twenty Four Additional Letters Fully Explaining the System of Linnaus by Thomas Martyn. Printed for J. White at Horace's Head, Fleet Street. 1802 Sixth Edition. 504pp plus 28pp index. This scarce copy is bound in full calf with gilt decoration and cross banding to the spine and the title to red hide panel in the second compartment. There are the expected rubs and bumps, the binding I believe is original to this edition. There is a pencilled signature to the front paste down. The text block is tight, bright and square. Letters on the elements of botany. Addressed to a lady. By the celebrated J.J. Rousseau. Translated into English, with notes, and twenty-four additional letters, fully explaining the system of Linnaeus, by Thomas Martyn. Thomas Martyn (23 September 1735 - 3 June 1825) was an English botanist and Professor of Botany at Cambridge University. Ref FF2 Size: 504pp Plus 28pp Index. Bookseller Inventory # 010596

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Martyn, Thomas

Published by B. and J. White, London (1794)

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Item Description: B. and J. White, London, 1794. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good+. First Edition, Second Issue. Contemporary calf; 8vo; pp. vi, 72, [2] (ads); with 38 hand-colored copperplates, by the botanic painter and engraver, Frederick Polydore Nodder. Boards detached; spine deteriorated. An excellent candidate for rebinding, text block is very faintly tanned or foxed here and there, but overall nice and bright. Plates are lovely. Sold as is. The book was first printed in 1788, but reissued in 1794, 1799 and 1817. Bookseller Inventory # D11415

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Letters on the elements of Botany addressed: Rousseau, Jean Jaques

Rousseau, Jean Jaques ( Thomas Martyn Translator)

Published by B. White & Son, London (1785)

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Item Description: B. White & Son, London, 1785. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A very good, full leather bound edition of this important early work on botany from the 18th Century. No Dust Jacket (as issued). Cover: full tan leather with 6 gilt spine bands and gilt lettering on red cartouche to 2nd band; in remarkable good condition for a book of this age; some rubbing and scuffing to ll faces and edges commensurate with age; very small amounts of erosion to top and bottom of spine but otherwise surprisingly clean and bright. Internally: clean and tightly bound, some tanning to all edges, particularly on paste downs and free end papers; very occasional foxing and a few occasional marks to text but generally very clean and bright. Fold-out table of 'The outlines of Linnaeus's System of Vegetables', in remarkably sound condition. xxiv, 504 pp. plus unpaginated index. A heavy book which may incur increase postage charges. Bookseller Inventory # 002033

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Letters on the Elements of Botany by: Martyn, Thomas (translator)

Martyn, Thomas (translator)

Published by B White & Son (1785)

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Item Description: B White & Son, 1785. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. xxiii, [1] pp503 + indices. Bound in full calf, morocco label to spine, gilt to spine. Leather is worn at edges and corners, hinges starting but holding firm. Pages are toned, some occasional foxing, top edge a little dusty. Fold-out table. See pictures on this listing. Bookseller Inventory # 11022

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ROUSSEAU, Jean Jacques [MARTYN, Thomas, translates].

Published by London: Printed for B. White and Son. (1785)

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Item Description: London: Printed for B. White and Son., 1785. FIRST EDITION. Crown octavo, pp.xxiv; 503; [1], blank; [28], index. original calf-backed speckled paper covered boards. Internally very clean, upper joint starting, corners rubbed; near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 42696

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Martyn, Thomas.

Published by London, B. White, 1788. (1788)

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Item Description: London, B. White, 1788., 1788. Illustrated with 38 coloured copper-engraving plates, engraved by F. P. Nodder. VI, 72 pp., 38 ff. contemporairy leather. First edition. - Nissen 1292. - Hunt 732. - Stiftung f. Botanik (Kat. Sotheby) 506. - "This small volume of plates attempts to fullfill the need that Thomas Martyn foresaw when he wrote the preface for the Rousseau and Martyn 'Letters on the Elements of Botany' (1785) - a need for such plates as would bring an understanding of the Linnaean system to a popular audience. The plates, all by Nodder, mainly offer segments of corollas &c., but a few, such as Lathyrus latifolius and Doronicum Pardalianches show a touch of art." (Hunt). - Tafelwerk des englischen Botanikers Martyn (1735-1825) zur anschaulichen Illustration des Linnà 'schen Systems. Bookseller Inventory # 220

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Thirty-eight Plates, with Explanations: intended to Illustrate: MARTYN, Thomas.

MARTYN, Thomas.

Published by London: For B. White and Son, 1788 (1788)

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Item Description: London: For B. White and Son, 1788, 1788. Octavo (214 x 131 mm). Contemporary green straight-grained morocco, title gilt to the spine, compartments formed by single gilt rule, single fillet gilt panel to the boards, dotted edge-roll, gilt edges, greek key roll to the turn-ins, marbled endpapers, blue silk page-marker intact. Spine sunned, some old dark marking to head of back cover. A very good copy with the terminal advertisement leaf. 38 hand-coloured engraved plates by F. P. Nodder. First edition. Thomas Martyn (1735-1825) followed his father as professor of botany at Cambridge. He was an "early adopter" of the Linnaean system and in 1763 gave a course of lectures on that subject. He also translated Rousseau's Letters on the Elements of Botany (1785); in fact, twenty-four of the thirty-two letters in that edition were the work of Martyn. In his "Advertisement" Martyn notes that "Some persons, who have honoured the Letters on the Elements of Botany with their approbation, having signified a wish that the subject might still be further illustrated by figures [i.e. plates], Mr. Nodder, an ingenious artist, has been employed for this purpose". The work of Frederick Polydore Nodder (fl. 1773-1800), described by ODNB as "finely eteched", here "actually underpinned the whole project to illustrate Linnaeus's system of vegetables" (ibid.). The publisher Benjamin White, "produced a wide range of titles, some of great beauty" (ibid.) and was younger brother of Gilbert White; his most famous publication being Gilbert's Natural History of Selborne (1789); the advertisement leaf (present here) puffs this: "In the Press, and speedily will be Published, handsomely printed on fine Paper.". A lovely copy of an important work in the propagation of the Linnaean taxonomy in Britain. Henrey 1030; Hunt, 687; Nissen BBI, 1292; Plesch p. 328. Bookseller Inventory # 120597

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