SMITH, James Edward. A Selection of the Correspondence of Linnaeus, and other naturalists, from the original manuscripts. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown. 1821.
8vo. 2 vols. Contemporary tan half calf, marbled boards, sometime rebacked with original spines laid down, spines with gilt tools and black morocco gilt lettering pieces; pp. xiv + 605, 580 + [xxvi, index], 10 folding plates of reproduction autographs; spines rubbed, occasional spotting, very good. Provenance: ffeps with pencil signature of Gavin Bridson (1936-2008), bibliographer best-known for the four part History of Natural History. He was also the Librarian of the Linnean Society from 1969-1982.
First edition. James Edward Smith (1759-1821), founder of the Linnean Society, based the foundation of his institution upon his purchase in 1783 of the entire estate of Carl Linnaeus. His voluminous correspondence with other naturalists formed part of this estate and Smith's two-volume collection shows the close comradeship and shared knowledge within the scientific community of the 18th century. Correspondents include Daniel Solander, Joseph Banks, William Hogarth, Herman Boerhaave, Bernard de Jussieu, Anders Celsius and Mark Catesby among many others.