Boston: Published by Crocker & Brewster, 1830. 372pp. plus five color plates of flowers (of six, lacking the frontispiece) and four uncolored plates. Contemporary calf, black morocco label, gilt. Worn along hinges, at spine ends, and extremities. Light foxing, light dampstain in upper portion of first one hundred pages and lower portion of final few pages. Good only. Item #WRCAM26386
Designed for educational purposes, this beginner's guide to botany is actually written in the form of a conversation between "Mrs. B." and various young ladies. The Rev. J.L. Blake, who was a prolific generator of school texts, adapted the book "to the use of schools." The actual author, Jane Marcet, is identified on the titlepage only as the author of CONVERSATIONS ON CHEMISTRY and NATURAL PHILOSOPHY. McGRATH, p.206. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 2390.