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Grasses.- Russell (John, 6th Duke of Bedford).- Sinclair (George) Hortus Gramineus Woburnensis: or, An Account of the Results of Experiments on the Produce and Nutritive Qualities of different Grasses, and other Plants, used as the food of the more valuable domestic animals, first edition, errata slip tipped in, 35 samples of seeds mounted on 14 leaves, 123 mounted dried specimens with pasted-in printed captions in Latin and English, some leaves highlighted in green, without the folding engraved plan (not found in all copies), light offsetting from samples, contemporary straight-grain brown morocco, borders and spine decorated in blind, g.e., rubbed, mostly at edges, [Nissen BBI 1850, calls for 122 specimens], folio, 1816.

⁂ Sinclair's highly important catalogue of grasses, with actual samples taken from his original experiment. He was botanist and gardener to the Duke of Bedford, to whom the work is dedicated. Sinclair planted the garden at Woburn Abbey with 242 plots containing various soils and sowing different combinations of grasses and herbs. This was one of the first ecological experiments, carried out in order to benefit practical agriculture, and is referred to by Darwin in his On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection.

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Grasses.- Russell (John, 6th Duke of Bedford).-

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 9:30 AM UTC
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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