A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

Stock ID 43788 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 tan calf, the spine gilt-decorated, yellow edges; with facsimiles of the four wrappered quarto parts, including the 16 plates: together in fitted cloth box. The DELUXE edition on large paper (limited to 60 numbered copies), the plates enlarged by 25%, the text reset with some colour.

Edition limited to 212 copies, 80 in larger format with the text typeset, of which this is number 5 of 20 with facsimiles of the original parts. This is the only facsimile of Smith's Botany and 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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