Barton, William P. C.
Compendium Florae Philadelphicae Containing a Description of the Indigenous and Naturalized Plants Found within a Circuit of Ten Miles around Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1818. First edition (Two volumes; , 251 pp.; 234 pp. with index). William Barton (1786- 1856), a navy surgeon and professor of botany at the University of Pennsylvania, collected, as he said, all but perhaps twenty specimens himself and describes them in English for "the tyro". The nephew of Benjamin Smith Barton, who published the first botany textbook in the U.S. and who preceded him as professor of botany (among other subjects) at the University, William Barton is best known for his Flora of North America (1821-23), illustrated with great skill by his wife, and Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States (1817-19). Compendium Florae Philadelphicae is Barton's first important publication, comparable in ambition to the work of William Curtis, who in 1777 with the support of Lord Bute published the first (and only) part of his Flora Londinensis which sought to describe the plants to be found within a ten-mile radius of the centre of London. This copy of Florae Philadelphicae was discovered disbound, the text blocks intact but spotted and worn. Now professionally repaired and newly bound in red morocco and marbled paper, gilt lettering and impressed decoration. Old wine in the right style of new bottle and good for the next 200 years.
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