Catalogus stirpium, &c.

Deering (Charles)

Catalogus stirpium, &c.

Or, a Catalogue of Plants naturally growing and commonly cultivated in divers parts of England, more especially about Nottingham. Containing, The most known Latin and English Names of the several Plants, the Tribe they belong to, the Time of their flowering, and of those which are either Officinals, or otherwise of any known Efficacy, such Virtues are briefly mentioned as may be depended upon. With an English Index. To which is added, to the Benefit of the English Reader, a general Distribution of Plants, according to Mr. Ray, an Explanation of some Botanical and Physical Terms, and on Alphabetical List of Plants in Flower for every Month in the Year, together with short Directions when to gather any Parts of them.

Description: FIRST (ONLY) EDITION, pp. [xx, including the Dedication, which is a cancel], 231. [11], 6, [4], 24, 8vo, contemporary speckled calf, double gilt fillets on sides, spine gilt with a large flower in each compartment, red lettering piece cracking to joints, and headcaps defective, but still a good copy, with the engraved armorial bookplate of Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale (1857 – 1944)

Publication Details: Nottingham: Printed for the author, by G. Ayscough, and sold by C. Rivington, 1738

Notes: A pleasant copy of one of the earliest local floras, notable for the introduction of the Nottingham Meadow crocuses to the British flora. 'In the Preface to his catalogue [Deering] advocates the pursuit of field botany as a means of obtaining fresh air and exercise, which must have been a very novel idea for 1738. He suggests this form of pastime to the country gentleman who drinks too much as the result of loneliness [or too much company], or who spends too much time in reading. "Can there ... be a more suitable as well as more agreeable Interposition between the Bottle and Books, than the Ex...more

Bibliography: (Henrey 620; ESTC T81028)

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Price: £800

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1738

Stock Number: 64348

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