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PHELPS, Rev. William.
CALENDARIUM BOTANICUM [Black Letter], Or a Botanical Calendar: Exhibiting at One View, The Generic and Specific Name, The Class, Order, and Habitat of All the British Plants, from the Class Monandria Monogynia, to Polygamia Dioecia, Inclusive.

Arranged According to Their Time of Flowering Under Each Month of the Year.

pp. (xvi), 186, (ii) Advertisement (integral to the collation). 5 engraved plates by COOK & JOHNSON, Bristol. Original sugar-paper boards, backstrip worn with loss of most of the paper label, uncut and unopened, a very small worm-track in the rear paste-down affecting the opposite two leaves and quickly reduced to a couple of tiny holes for a few leaves into the text, a nice copy in unsophisticated condition.

*PHELPS writes from Wells and dedicates the book to MRS. BEADON, the wife of Richard Beadon (1737-1824), Bishop of Bath and Wells (shown fawning and grovelling to the Duchess of Gloucester in a Gillray engraving of 1788). He has taken the botanical descriptions from SMITH's Flora Britannica, and recommends Linnaeus's Systema Vegetabilium as further reading. See FREEMAN British Natural History Books, #2984, with incomplete prelims., probably lacking the black-letter sub-title before the plates, and also lacking the advertisement leaf at the end. COPAC locates three copies - Cambridge, British Library and the Natural History Museum, London (which copy also appears to lack the sub-title and advertisement but states 6 plates, not 5. This must be an error.).

Lackington, Allen and Co., Temple of the Muses. London.

Date Published: 1810. 8vo.

Stock No. 56923

Price: 250.00