The Botanic Garden. William Blake, Erasmus Darwin.
The Botanic Garden.

The Botanic Garden.

1807. New York: T. & J. Swords, 1807.

8vo, 2 vols in 1: xvii, 278; viii, 144 pp. 22 plates. Old very worn sheep, joints cracked, backstrip label detached but preserved inside the book, browning and spotting, the folding plate of St. Anthon's Colliery with some loss. Ticket of Gimbel Bookstore, Philadelphia on rear pastedown. A good copy.

§ Second American edition of Darwin's didactic poem, written to celebrate the advances of the Industrial Revolution and explain the Linnaean system of plant classification to the ordinary reader. This edition with the reduced re-engraved plates, including Blake's medallion (here titled "Slave in chains") and two after Fuseli ("The Fertilization of Egypt" and "Nightmare"), but strangely omitting "Tornado" from the earlier editions. The two parts, The Economy of Vegetation and The Loves of the Plants, are separately paginated. See Bentley 450, Essick, William Blake’s Commercial Book Engravings, XXI. Easson and Essick, William Blake Book Illustrator, II, p.88. Item #124615

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