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Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England (2-Volume Set) From its Origin to the Introduction of the Linnaean System

By: Richard Pulteney
746 pages, no illustrations
Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England (2-Volume Set)
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Richard Pulteney (1730-1801) was a Leicestershire botanist and physician, whose medical career suffered from a lack of aristocratic patronage and his Anabaptist religious background. However, his lifelong interest in botany and natural history, and particularly his work on the new Linnaean system of botanical classification, led to publications in the "Gentleman's Magazine" and the "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society". He corresponded with many influential figures, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1762. His book on Linnaeus, published in 1782, was later considered by J. E. Smith, the first president of the Linnaean Society, to be of great importance for the widespread adoption in England of the Linnaean system. His Progress of Botany, published in 1790, although not as popular, is still considered of importance for the study of the history of botanical science in England.


Volume 1: Preface
1. Primaeval botany, druidical and Saxon botany
2. Botany of the middle ages
3. History of, continued to the revival of learning
4. First printed books on botany, Hernarius. Hortus Sanitatis, Grete Herbal, first English printed book on the subject. Ascham: Copland: first botanic gardens
5. Turner, and his contemporaries
6. Bulleyn, Penny, Maplet, and Morning
7. Lyte
8. Lobel, and Newton
9. Dodoens and Gerard
10. Johnson, Goodyer, Bowles, and others
11. Parkinson, Boel, Gordier, and others
12. History of wooden cuts of plants
13. The Oxford physic garden founded
14. Tradescant, astrological herbalists, Turner, Culpepper, and Lovel, Pechey, and Salmon
15. Ray: his Catalogue Cantabrigiensis
16. Ray, continued: Catalogus Plantarum Angliae, et Stirpium Exoticarum
17. Ray, continued: Catalogus Plantarum Angliae, second edition
18. Ray, continued: Historia Plantarum
19. Ray, continued: Synopsis Stirpium, et Sylloge Stirpium
20. Ray, continued: Methodus Plantarum emendata, his death and character
21. Cowley
22. Merret
23. Morison, bobart
24. History of the rise and progress of system in botany
25. Discovery of the sexes of plants
26. Willisel, Thomas, plot, natural histories of counties, Sir George Wheler. Volume 2: 27. Rise of botany in Scotland, Sibbald, Preston, Wallace, Alston
28. Plukenet. Uvedale
29. Petiver
30. Origin of personal names given to plants, anecdotes of Plumier
31. Banister, Vernon and Kreig, Cunningham and Brown, Glen
32. Sloane
33. Sloane continued
34. Royal Society, Chelsea Garden, Bishop Compton, Doody
35. Llhwyd, Lawson, Robinson
36. Dale, 37. Bradley, Blair
38. Consul, and Dr. James Sherard
39. Dillenius
40. Dillenius continued
41. Richardson, Brewer, Harrison and Cole
42. Rise of botany in Ireland, Threlkeld: Keogh: Smith's Histories
43. Martyn
44. Catesby
45. Houston and Douglas
46. Botanical gardeners, Miller
47. Blackwell, Deering
47. Wilson
48. Blackstone, Collinson, Logan, and Mitchel
49. Ehret and Hill
50. Watson
51. Watson continued
52. Linnaeus in England

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By: Richard Pulteney
746 pages, no illustrations
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