Botanical Description of British Plants



[000938] Purton, T.[homas]. A Botanical Description of British Plants, in the Midland Counties, Particularly of Those in the Neighbourhood of Alcester; with Occasional Notes and Observations; to Which is Prefixed a Short Introduction to the Study of Botany Etc. Etc.. ill. Sowerby, James. Stratford-Upon-Avon: J. Ward et al, 1817. First Edition. 12mo. Half Calf and Boards. Good+. Two volumes bound in four – Volume One – [2], ix, [1], 361pp, [1]; Volume Two – [2], 363-795pp, [1]; Volume Three – xiv, [4], 3-333pp, [1] and Volume Four – [2], 335-575pp, [1], 1817-1821.

Contemporary half-calf and marbled paper over boards, raised bands, spines in six panels, title label to second panel, volume number lettered direct to fourth, gilt to bands, all edges marbled.

Paper covering boards chipped with some loss to edges, rubbed to extremities, corners lightly bumped. Internally some minor browning and occasional light spotting, volume four has a plant sample stuck to 2A4, but otherwise generally fairly bright and clean.

Thirty-eight plates hand- coloured plates in total, some by Sowerby. Volume one has three plates; volume two five; volume three twenty-two, one folding; and volume four eight with one folding.

Pritzel 7372; Nissen DBB 1571, Wellcome IV:449 and Volbracht 1684