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The temple of flora : or garden of the botanist, poet, painter, and philospher, being picturesque botanical plates of the choicest flowers of Europe Asia, Africa and America / by Robert John Thornton
Bib ID 5832540
Format BookBook
Author
Thornton, Robert John, 1768?-1837
 
Edition [Fascim. ed.] 
Printer (Uckfield, Sussex : Beacon Press)
Description [London : Folio Society, 2008?] 
1 v., [ 38] plates : ill., ; 57cm. in box 60 x 40 cm. + Commentary (117 p. ; 31 cm) 
Summary

"Robert Thornton was the visionary creator of the finest of all English flower books, The Temple of Flora. A full facsimile of The Temple of Flora, presenting the plates as they were originally meant to be seen – together with Thornton’s idiosyncratic and charming text. " -- (Folio Society's catalogue)

Partial contents The Temple of flora commentary/ by Stephen Harris. (London : Folio Society, 2008) 
Notes

The t.p. is engraved and on 2 successive leaves.

Facsim. edition states: "London. Published by Dr Thornton, May 1806 " -- engraved t.p. ; " London. Printed for the Publisher, January the 1st MDCCXCIX [1779] " -- t.p. 2nd leaf.

"The Temple of Flora has been reproduced from a copy of the 1st edition in the possession of the Folio Society, with exception to the following plates, Carolus Linnaeus, Linnaeus in his Lapland dress, Tulip, the Aloe, the night-blowing Cereus, the maggott-bearing Stapelia, Pitcher plant and the American cowslip, which was reproduced by permission of the Linnean Society of London; and Æsculapius, Flora and honouring the Bust of Linnaeus, which is repoduced by kind permission of the Royal Botanic Graden Edinburgh." -- Colophon

"Tomkins Scriptsit" , "Vincent Sculpsit" -- t. p. 2nd leaf

"Dedication by permission to Her Most Excellent Majesty Charlotte Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ...Anno Domini MDCCXCIX [1779] Her most obedient and devoted servant Robert John Thornton MD" -- Dedication page.

"The edition is limited to 1980 numbered copies fro sale to members of the Folio Society, and 25 lettered copies which are not for sale." -- Colophon.

[9] preliminary monchrome plates, [29] col. illustrative plates.

Quarter bound in Nigerian coatskin leather with buckram sides printed and blocked with a design by David Eccles in a solander box.

"Reproduced and printed by Beacon Press, Uckfield, Sussex, on Modigliani papers." -- Colophon

Library copy no. 510 of 1980 numbered copies.

Subjects Botanical illustration - Great Britain - Early works to 1800.  |  Natural history illustration - Great Britain - Early works to 1800.  |  Flowers - Great Britain - Illustrations - Early works to 1800.  |  Flowers - Great Britain - Poetry - Early works to 1800.
Also Titled

Garden of the botanist, poet, painter, and philospher

Added t. p. t. Picturesque botanical plates, illustrative of the sexual system of Carolus Linnaeus

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