Sale 322 Lot 39

The Anatomy of Plants. With an Idea of a Philosophical History of Plants. And Several Other Lectures, Read before the Royal Society. London: Printed by W. Rawlins for the author, 1682.

[22], 24, [10], 212, [4], 221-304, [20]. Folio, contemporary blind-stamped mottled calf, rebacked, gilt-lettered spine, imprimatur announcement tipped to verso ff. facing title page from Christopher Wren of the Royal Society meeting wherein the author was ordered to print his lectures together in one volume. First edition, large paper, of Grew's seminal work on plant morphology and development, which illustrates the detailed microscopic and life-size anatomy of plant structure in 83 engraved plates (some fold-out) after Grew's own drawings. The volume combines revisions of Grew's five small published books with nine unpublished 'discourses' read to the Royal Society between 1675 and 1677.

p.144v with overall spotting; a few scattered brown stains to text; inner hinges cracked; light edgewear to boards with loss to corners; bookplate John Rutter Shafteshurp tipped to front pastedown; 1/4-inch tear to plate 8 and 1-inch tear at crease to plate 14, otherwise plates are in fine clean condition with no restoration.

Estimate $ 1,500-2,500

[iii] a4, B-Ii4, Kk2, Ll-Xx4, Yy-Ccc2; 83 plates.
wormhole to upper corner, heaviest on title page and G4-L3; verso of Aa4 spotted; black ink stain to Hh4 recto/verso and Ii recto. small marginal tear to plate 8.

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