Pub. Virgilii Maronis Georgicorum Libri Quatuour. The Geogicks of Virgil,with an English Translation and Notes by John Martyn, F.R.S., Professor of Botany in the University of Cambridge.
First Edition. Quarto, later half calf with marbled boards and endpapers; pp. xviii + 404 + 3 (remarks) + (10)(index); 8 line-engraved plates in original colour, 5 mezzotint botanical plates printed in colours, as called for. Some light spotting.
A translation and commentary on Virgil's Georgics (i.e. 'Agricultural things') by the botanist John Martyn (1699-1768). The line engravings are: two illustrations of ploughs; a pair of world hemispheres; a northern hemisphere celestial map (the south unknown to Virgil); a map of the Morea and a leaf of a plain tree (drawing coparisons of the shape); and a compass rose. The five mezzotint botanicals are: The Citron tree; The Olive-tree; Cirinthe; Hiacinthus Poeticus; & Aster Atticus. These botanicals are believed to be drawn by Jacob van Huysum (c.1687-1740, illustrator of Martyn's earlier work 'Historia Plantarum Rariorum') and engraved by Elisha Kirkhall. A rare Map item.
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