Elements of the Science of Botany, as established by Linnaeus With Examples to Illustrate the Classes and Orders of his System. The Third Edition, complete in Three Volumes
London: T. Bensley for J. Murray, 1812. Three volumes, complete. Anonymous but Richard Duppa. Original leather diced Russian boards with gilt decoration to the edges. New spine with gilt design / titles and 6 raised bands. This is an ex-library copy with the inevitable labels and stamps, including a small circular stamp to the verso of almost every plate. Complete with 125 engraved plates of which 122 are hand coloured. Although COPAC states that the third edition of this work was in 1810, each volume of this copy is stated third edition and dated 1812. (103, p. of plates; 144, , 43, p. of plates; 106, p. of plates)
Condition: despite being an ex-library copy, this is a lovely example of this work. The boards are clean and tidy, with the gilt still bright. Internally, generally clean and tidy. There is the odd foxing spot, but little handling other than the library marks. These perhaps forgiven on an item of this scarcity. The hand coloured plates are clean and tidy (the library stamps not having bled through).