A Sketch of a Tour on the Continent, in the years 1786 and 1787. [3 volumes].
by SMITH, James Edward (1759-1828).
London:: Printed for the Author, 1793., 1793. 3 volumes. 8vo. xxxi, , 356; vii, , 423, ; vii, , 361,  pp. Fig. (vol. II, p. 284), index, errata; thin strip torn from bottom of page 3 in volume 2, text unaffected. Original tan half calf, marbled boards; spines lacking. Bookplates of Thomas Cowper, Overlegh. Complete sets are scarce on the market. As is. Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society, which remains one of the most respected botanical and zoological societies in the world. "[Smith] was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1785; and from 1786 to 1787 he traveled in Europe, where he visited famous sites, libraries, and botanical gardens, and met botanists, including Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu. At Leiden in 1786 he took his M.D. with a thesis "de generatione." He published a very personal account of his tour, including an assessment of the state of science in the countries he visited." – DSB XII, p. 471
(Inventory #: SW1661)
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