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[DUPPA, Richard].
Elements of the Science of Botany, as Established by LINNAEUS; With Examples to Illustrate the Classes and Orders of His System.

pp. 94. Frontispiece, 62 plates; 128. 62 plates. All plates lithographed after H. LONGMATE. Contemporary full tree calf, spines gilt with twin labels, some rubbing and wear to corners, spine ends and edges, small patch of insect damage to the lower edge of the front board of v.1 not affecting the text, joints firm and contents clean, book-labels of SIR WILLIAM PAXTON, his signature at the head of each title [that on v.1 is shaved], signature of CAROLINE PAXTON on each front blank, a good set.

*FREEMAN BNHB #1087. RICHARD DUPPA (1770-1831), son of William Duppa of Culmington, Shropshire, studied art in Rome and became a skilful draughtsman, matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, 9 November 1807, aged 37 and became a student of the Middle Temple, 7 February 1810, graduated LL.B. at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1814. He wrote on botanical, artistic, and political topics and was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Author of : Illustrations of the Lotus of Antiquity, 1813; The classes and orders of the Linnæan system of botany, illustrated by select specimens, 1816, and others on art and social issues. The above botanical text was written for his niece, Amelia and dedicated to his sister, MRS. N*** - 'This little book is expressly made for your Amelia, under your direction, to awaken her mind to the contemplation of Nature.' SIR WILLIAM PAXTON [1743/41824], merchant and banker, was born in Edinburgh, the third son of John Paxton of Berwickshire and his wife, Helen, daughter of William Adams, an Edinburgh printer. John Paxton was chief clerk of Archibald Stewart, a rich Edinburgh wine merchant. He joined the navy in his early teens, and, by 42, had amassed a decent fortune through the East India Company as a Free Mariner, climbing the ladder, and becoming the Assay Master (gold and silver coin tester) under Governor-General of the Presidency of Fort William (Calcutta, Bengal), Warren Hastings. In 1788, he then became the Master of the Mint. However, Paxton had an illegal trading business with the Dutch, and had to flee India in 1785 with his illegitimate daughter in order to save himself from public disgrace after the Anglo Dutch war broke out in 1780. During the return voyage Paxton became friends with David Williams, who was also of the East India Company, and through this friendship learned of and bought the Middleton estate. in Pembrokeshire. Paxton married Ann Dawney in 1786, having 10 children together, as well as the illegitimate daughter from India, Eliza. The original Middleton Hall was demolished by Paxton, and he commissioned Samuel Pepys Cockerell, a renowned architect, to build a new, relocated hall (1793-5). This new mansion was the beginning of Paxton's conversion of the estate into a major water park. Once the park was complete in 1815, Paxton commissioned Thomas Hornor to create a series of watercolour paintings depicting the splendour of the new estate and its views. Paxton was also active in politics; he fought the election in 1802 against a Tory member, gaining the seat for Carmathenshire and was given a knighthood in 1803. He eventually died in 1824, leaving the estate to be sold and the money to be split equally amongst his children. His wife and illegitimate daughter being cared for separately.

Printed by T. Bensley, for J. Mauuray, Fleet Streeyt. London.

Date Published: 1809. Second edition. 2 volumes. 8vo.

Stock No. 63034

Price: 375.00