Botanical Dialogues, Between Hortensia and her Four Children, Charles, Harriet, Juliet, And Henry. Designed For The Use Of Schools By A Lady. Maria Elizabeth JACKSON.

Botanical Dialogues, Between Hortensia and her Four Children, Charles, Harriet, Juliet, And Henry. Designed For The Use Of Schools By A Lady

London: J Johnson, 1797. 8vo. Calf Orig. pp. xv, 335, [1 - Directions to the binder]. 11 copper engravings. Original mottled calf, neatly recased with original spine with gilt decorations of plants. Early inscription on fly and name on title page. The author was commended by Erasmus Darwin for her '.accurately explaining of a difficult science in an easy and familiar manner.'. Jackson (1755-1829) started writing because she needed the money, but after the success of the current work, and the praise from Darwin, she wrote a very popular "The Florists manual..." aimed at her sister florists. She published anonymously at a time when women struggled against conventions around women's writing and education. She was acquainted with the system of Linnaeus, and there are references to the Forsters and their works on plants in the South Seas in the work. A fine copy. Very Good. Item #017602

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