Lot 80: Aiton (William Townsend)



2015-07-08 11:46:51

Lot 80: Aiton (William Townsend). Hortus Kewensis; or, A Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, 5 volumes, second edition enlarged, 1810-13, t.e.g., remainder untrimmed, contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spines, rubbed and some wear, with joints partly cracked and third and fourth volumes with a little loss to foot and head of spines respectively, 8vo. William Townsend Aiton was the son of William Aiton, head gardener at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. This second and much enlarged edition of his father's Hortus Kewensis (originally published in three volumes in 1789) includes plants from the Cape gathered by the under-gardener Francis Masson during his second voyage to South Africa between 1786 and 95, and cultivated at Kew (see Dictionary of South Africa Biography, volume 4, page 2). (5) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £300-500
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