London: Re-printed for J. Johnson, 1792. xxiv,520,pp. plus seven plates (one folding) and folding map. Frontis. 19th-century three-quarter mottled calf and marbled paper boards, spine gilt with raised bands, gilt morocco label. Moderate rubbing at joints, raised bands, and corners. Very clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM45207B
First British edition of one of the classic accounts of southern natural history and exploration, with much on the southern Indian tribes. For the period, Bartram's work is unrivalled. "...[He] wrote with all the enthusiasm and interest with which the fervent old Spanish friars and missionaries narrated the wonders of the new found world...he neglected nothing which would add to the common stock of human knowledge" - Field. "Unequalled for the vivid picturesqueness of its descriptions of nature, scenery, and productions" - Sabin. The map illustrates the east coast of Florida from the St. Johns River to Cape Canaveral. The portrait shows the Seminole warrior, Mico Chlucco. HOWES B223, "b." SABIN 3870. CLARK I:197. VAIL 849. FIELD 94. SERVIES 678. Coats, THE PLANT HUNTERS, pp.273-76. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 33 (ref).