The Lady's and Gentleman's Botanical Pocket Book (1800)


The Lady's and Gentleman's Botanical Pocket Book 1800

Published: 1800

Date: 1800

The Lady's and Gentleman's Botanical Pocket Book, adapted to Withering's Arrangements of British Plants, intended to facilitate and promote the study of Indigenous Botany, by W Mavor, published by Vernor & Hood, London in 1800. Size 17 cm by 10.5 cm. The book contains 204 pages; an 8 page introduction, 186 pages of text, plus another 10 pp index. Two plates, one of them with contemporary colouring, plus a decorated title page. A unique copy of a rare book, this pocket book has been used by what one can only assume to be an enthusiastic amateur botanist of the time. There are written notes in ink in over 30 separate places in the spaces provided for observations in the text. The format of the book is to list the species of plants native to Britain with their English and Latin names, leaving a space for observations and comments under each. Rebound with new boards & spine, and new plain endpapers. The book is in VG condition with two defects: some of the pages have been rather tightly cropped with some minor loss of text resulting, and the new title on the spine is merely printed and stuck on. Neither of these really detract from its fascination. There is an owner's name in ink on the title page which appears to be contemporary.

Engravings and a colour plate

Good to VG

Stiff boards


Offered by Arthur Hook