A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland. James Edward Smith.
A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

Melbourne: Edition Renard, (2005. facsimile). Quarto, 16 coloured plates. Publisher's full calf, all edges coloured, dimensions 43 cm by 31 cm. The DELUXE edition on large paper (limited to 80 numbered copies), the plates enlarged by 25%, the text reset with some colour.

This only facsimile of Smith's Botany, an excellent reproduction with a useful bibliographical essay and publishing notes.

The first separately published book devoted exclusively to the botany of Australia. George Shaw and James Smith combined forces and produced a work, in two parts of four plates each, with the undated title-page Zoology and Botany of New Holland. Both parts appeared in 1793 and each part consisted of two zoology plates and two botany plates. Then for some reason, which can now only be a matter for speculation, the authors decided to go their separate ways; Shaw to produce the Zoology of New Holland and Smith A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland. Smith's Botany is perhaps the finest of all Australian botanical books and appears infrequently on the market.

Ferguson 170; Great Flower Books (reprint) p. 140; Nissen BBI 1861. See also Hindwood, K. A. Three early natural history books. Australian Zoologist, Vol. 14, 1968.

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