With 176 Copper-Engraved Plates

    [James Newton]. Compleat Herbal of the Late James Newton, M.D. Containing the Prints and the English Names of Several Thousand Trees, Plants, Shrubs, Flowers, Exotics, Etc. London: Printed by E. Cave, 1752.

    First edition. Twelvemo. Unpaginated. With 176 illustrations "curiously engraved on Copper-Plates". Engraved portrait of Dr. Newton used as frontispiece.

    Marbled paper over boards with leather backstrip. Six compartments between five raised bands on the spine with titles stamped in gilt on a morocco label. Boards worn, especially at the corners. Hinges starting to crack. Front joint just starting to crack. Contents remarkably free of foxing but there is some slight toning, especially at the preliminary pages. A sound copy in very good condition.

    A brilliant volume that wonderfully illustrates every manner of plant life then known to Dr. Newton. Apparently Dr. Newton's day job was running a lunatic asylum and he studied botany to divert his attention from what must have been the grim realities of that profession.

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