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TOURNEFORT, [Joseph Pitton de].
The Compleat Herbal: Or, The Botanical Institutions of Mr. Tournefort, Chief Botanist To the late French King. Carefully translated from the Original Latin. With large Additions from Ray, Gerarde, Parkinson, and others, the most celebrated Moderns.

To which are Added, Two Alphabetical Indexes; One, containing the Names; the Other, the Physical Vertues and Uses of the several Plants. Illustrated with about Five Hundred Copper Plates, containing above Four Thousand different Figures, all curiously Engraven. A Work highly Instructive, and of general Use. With a short Account of the Life and Writings of the Author. [Translated by JOHN MARTYN].

VOLUME I : pp. (ii), 6, ii, 3-625, (i) Advertisement. PLATES : 1-14, 15 was not published, 16-52, 53 not present, 54-64 were not published, 65-143 - there are three bis plates : 22, 71, 80; nos.50 and 51 are on one plate, also nos.82 and 83 [with no.83 also as an additional plate], also nos. 84 and 85; nos.124 and 125 are bound in reverse, ditto nos.126 and 127. TOTAL plates : Numbered 1-143; actual leaves 131 - actual plates 133. VOLUME II : pp. (ii), 649, (i) blank, (x) Index. PLATES : 144-277; no.244 lacking; no.240 with a duplicate loosely inserted; no.153 bound before 151; nos.200 & 201 and 202 & 203 bound in reverse. TOTAL plates : 133 of 134 with one duplicate. TOTAL PLATES : 266 plus one duplicate. In new brown calf, first 200 pp. v.I very slightly browned, the same for v.II with some top margins dusty, one plate in v.II laid down with slight loss from the lower margin not affecting the image, final two leaves of v.II with lower margins repaired without loss of text, occasional small rust-hole, overall very good copies. EX-LIBRIS RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar and bibliographer with his notes on the front end-paper plus notes of a previous owner; both of the note schedules indicate that the volumes are complete and overlook the fact of the two plates listed here as lacking.

*BLANCHE HENRY #1432 - VOL.I with 133 plates, as offered above but with no.53 present; VOL.II with 134 plates, and with this comment : '..... Some copies contain fewer plates.' The collation of the plates is complex - this work was issued in parts from 1716 and as with all part issues, there are inevitable discrepancies from copy to copy. See also HUNT BOTANICAL CATALOGUE II, p120 - 'It is a notable fact that John Martyn was responsible not only for the first colorplate flower book issued in parts, but for the first botanical work of any sort so published in England. For already in 1718, ten years before, at the age of 19, he had begun to issue his translation of Tournefort's Elemens de botanique (1694) as The Compleat Herbal; and it reached no.41 in October 1730.'

Vol. I : Printed for R. Bonwicke, Tim. Goodwin, John Walthoe, a.o. and are to be sold by J. Morphew near Stationers-Hall. London. Vol. II : Printed for J. Walthoe, R. Wilkin, a.o. London.

Date Published: 1719-1730. 2 volumes. 4to.

Stock No. 62604

Price: 1,250.00