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WITHERING, William

A botanical arrangement of all the vegetables naturally growing in Great Britain.   Birmingham: Swinney for Cadel, 1776.

2 vol. 8vo. [2], xcvi, 383, [1]; [4] With 12 plates. Contemporary full calf, rebacked. $2,500.00

First edition of the first complete scientific classification and description of British plants in the English language. Using the Linnean binomial nomenclature for the first time in describing the flora of Great Britain, Withering describes places of growth, time of flowering, economic uses as drugs, poisonous properties, methods of botanical investigation and preservation of specimens.


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