Lachesis Lapponica, or a Tour in Lapland, Now First Published from the Original Manuscript of the Celebrated Linnaeus 2 vols.

London: for White and Cochrane, by Richard Taylor and Co., 1811. First edition. Hardcover. 2 octavos (standard size). Contemporary early 19th c. three quarter leather binding, with rubbed marbeled paper over boards. Some wear at edges and corners. Leather on spine is dry and chipping (more so v. 1) but with gilt title and ram design at head still clear. Interior is very good. A bit of foxing on early and late pages. Penciled name and other info of former owneron flyleaf of v. 1. 366 p. and 306 p. w/ appendixes, index, respectively. Includes reproductions of various drawing of farm implements, animals, and Laplander items. The first published edition of this manuscript, predating the Swedish edition by decades. Linnaeus was an 18th century Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who made binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms, more formal. He undertook this journey around the Gulf of Botha in 1732 when he was only 24, and described nearly 100 plants never examined scientifically before. Smith was an English botanist and the founder of the Linnean Society of London (now international), the world’s oldest active biological society still extant. Bookplates of Sir Thomas Gage of Hengrave Hall in both volumes. Gage was also an English botanist and a correspondent with Smith. Fair. Item #18716

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