1812. Item #89540
THORNTON, Robert John. BRITISH FLORA; OR, GENERA AND SPECIES OF BRITISH PLANTS: ARRANGED AFTER THE REFORMED SEXUAL SYSTEM; AND ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS TABLES, AND DISSECTIONS. London: J. Whiting, 1812. Five volumes bound in two. 8vo. 120pp., 138pp., 126pp., 100pp.,52pp.+ 347 leaves of b/w plates. Three-quarter dark brown leather over marbled boards. Stamped and ruled in gilt to spines. Ex- library, bookplate to pastedowns and stamps. Boards rubbed at extremities. Joints are worn. Thornton is best known for his work THE TEMPLE OF FLORA, from which some of the material for this work is annexed. THE TEMPLE was his ambitious attempt to create a monumental botanical publication that was specifically British. The production of it was a financial disaster that ruined him. Thornton died in 1837 in destitution. (ODNB), (Pritzel 9239).