1845. Item #87981
BARTON, Benjamin H., and Thomas Cook. THE BRITISH FLORA MEDICA; OR, HISTORY OF THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF GREAT BRITAIN. VOL. I. [& II.] London: Henry G. Bohn, 1845. Second edition. Two volumes, complete. Illustrated with 48 numbered engraved plates, each showing four plants, all nicely hand-colored. xii, , 408, pp., plate nos. 1-25; iv, 510,  pp., plate nos. 26-48. In worn publisher's bindings: brown cloth, gilt lettering on spines, yellow coated endpapers. Joints are rubbed and backstrips are loose, with several horizontal tears across backstrips, and lower boards detached. The backstrip of Volume 1 has loss at crown. Ex library, with only a library stamp on pastedowns, title-pages and several times within the volumes, including the verso of one plate. Texts and plates are clean. According to the introduction, "the idea of this Flora was suggested by Mr. Walker's "British Domestic Herbal," a good practical work, ... illustrated by figures of the less familiar species : the best of these plates have been chosen to illustrate the present work, considerable additions and improvements being made, and new figures of at least an equal number being expressly engraved."