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First Principles of Botany [with letters]

First Principles of Botany [with letters] by LINDLEY, John (1831)
Author: LINDLEY, John
Title: An Outline of The First Principles of Botany
Year: 1831
Publisher: Longmans and Co
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £125
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Second edition of Lindley's First Principles rebound by an amateur Victorian botanist with blank sheets inserted to allow systematic annotation which has been applied in a small cursive hand to half a dozen of the inserted leaves, with some expertise. The botanist has reused the original marbled boards and added a new cloth spine. Accompanying the book are two letters from its writer, the English botanist John Lindley, the first written on headed paper from his Acton Green home in London in 1859 dates from the peak of his success as a botanist and gardener, written on a single folded sheet (vertical chainlines) in dark brown ink to an unnamed correspondent in answer to a question about the existence of 'any detergent plant' then in cultivation in England. Lindley is dubious although he suggests Saponaria offering advice with the suggestion that 'I see no reason why it would not have been used by scourers in this country as it is said to be, or to have been by Washerwomen on the continent'. Lindley continues with several possible authorities for this information, signing himself in full. A second letter five days later discussing a further query Laponaria. Also signed in full.
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