This book, owned by George Washington, is a part of William Curtis' series of thirteen volumes of The Botanical Magazine. Two volumes of the set are bound together and carry George Washington's signature on the first title page. For each plant, this series includes a few pages describing its characteristics, history, and common names as well as a hand-colored copper engraving illustration. As a gesture of their shared passion for horticulture, Washington presented this and other volumes from the series to his step-granddaughter Nelly Custis Lewis in 1799.
For George Washington's other volumes from this series see W-702/A and W-702/B.
Two volumes from a series bound together in original brown leather binding, octavo size. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and the upper part of the spine contains the series title embossed with gilt on a red ground: BOTANICAL / MAGAZINE. The lower part of the spine contains the volume numbers embossed with gilt on an oval of black ground: VII & VIII. Signed by George Washington on the first title page.
The full title of this book is THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, FLOWER-GARDEN DISPLAYED: IN WHICH THE MOST ORNAMENTAL FOREIGN PLANTS, CULTIVATED IN THE OPEN GROUND, THE GREEN-HOUSE, AND THE STOVE, ARE ACCURATELY REPRESENTED IN THEIR NATURAL COLOURS. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, THEIR NAMES, CLASS, ORDER, GENERIC AND SPECIFIC CHARACTERS, ACCORDING TO THE CELEBRATED LINNAEUS; THEIR PLACES OF GROWTH, AND TIMES OF FLOWERING: TOGETHER WITH THE MOST APPROVED METHODS OF CULTURE. A WORK INTENDED FOR THE USE OF SUCH LADIES, GENTLEMEN, AND GARDENERS, AS WITH TO BECOME SCIENTIFICALLY ACQUAINTED WITH THE PLANTS THEY CULTIVATE.
Pagination: unnumbered. Volume 7 contains plates 217 through 252. Volume 8 contains plates 253 through 288.
Size: 8 vo.
Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper
Overall: 9 1/2 in. x 6 in. x 1 1/8 in. (24.13 cm x 15.24 cm x 2.86 cm)
Title page of Volume 7, center top, in brown ink: From Go: Washington / to Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis / Sunday April 14th 1799
This date of publication is printed on both the title page to Volume 7 and the title page to Volume 8 in roman numerals: M DCC XCIV
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