An Introduction to Physiological and Systematical Botany. . . . With notes, by Jacob Bigelow, M.D.
1814·Philadelphia & Boston:
by SMITH, James Edward (1759-1828); Jacob BIGELOW (1787-1879).
Philadelphia & Boston:: Anthony Finley, and Bradford and Read, 1814., 1814. 8vo. xii, -415,  pp. Added engraved title (with vignette), 214 figs. on 15 plates, errata; foxing to early leaves. Original gilt-ruled tree calf, red gilt-stamped spine label; spine head chipped, corners showing. Ownership signatures of Dr. Mann Page Nelson, Philadelphia (ffep + title), "Lege disee et mide utile cum dulce. . ." Very good. First American edition, from the second London edition, with additions. Smith was an English botanist, and the founder and first president of the Linnean Society. / This extremely useful and informative text transmits the author's passion and knowledge regarding plants, their forms, characteristics, and utility, especially for medicinal benefit. Includes an index of remarkable plants. The author, Sir James Edward Smith, studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and also took courses on chemistry from Joseph Black, and natural history offered by John Walker (1731-1803). Smith also befriended Joseph Banks. Smith, remarkably, had the foresight to acquire the entire library and specimen collection of Carl Linnaeus for £1,000. He later started the Linnean Society of London, which began in 1788. PROVENANCE: Dr. Mann Page Nelson (1800-1888), Philadelphia, is buried in Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was the grandson of General Nelson (of Revolutionary fame), took his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, living and practicing medicine in Virginia for some 66 years.
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