English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures Of British Plants, With Their Essential Characters, Synonyms, And Places Of Growth
SOWERBY, JAMES & JAMES EDWARD SMITH:
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To which will be added, occasional Remarks by James Sowerby [and] James Edward Smith. The Figures by james Sowerby. 36 vols. incl. General Indexes. London: Taylor and Co./ J. Davies 1790-1814. With 2592 handcoloured copperengravings. Bound in nice light full calf, spines richly gilt and with blindtooled decorations, boards with diagonal blindtolled pattern and goldlines, and with inner ornamental border.
Together with HOOKER, W.J.: Supplement to the English Botany of the Late Sir J.E. Smith and Mr. Sowerby. The Descriptions, Synonyms, and Places of Growth. By William Jackson Hooker and other eminent Botanists; the Figures by James de Carle Sowerby. Volume 1-4 [of 5]. London: J.D.C and C.E. Sowerby, Salter 1831-49. With 368 hand-coloured engraved plates numbered 2593-2960. Bound in nice contemporary halfleather with coloured labels and richly gilt on spines, and marmored paper on boards.
SOWERBY, JAMES (1757-1822), English natural-history artist, was born in London on the 21st of March 1757. He became a student at the Royal Academy, and subsequently taught drawing, but soon applied his art to the illustration of botanical and conchological works, and became distinguished by the publication of his English Botany (36 vols., 1790-1814), and British Mineralogy (5 vols., 1804-1817). He likewise planned and carried out for a number of years the classic geological work intended to describe and illustrate the British fossils, and entitled The Mineral Conchology of Great Britain (7 vols., 1812-1846). This was issued in parts, with the assistance first of his elder son, J. de C. Sowerby, and, after J. Sowerby s death (Oct. 25, 1822), of his second son, G.B. Sowerby, both the sons being themselves expert palaeontologists. The Sowerby collection, consisting of about 5000 fossils, was purchased by the British Museum in 1860. A few plates weakly browning, some of the bindings with minor signs of age and storage.
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