KNAPP, John Leonard (1767-1845)
Gramina Britannica; or representations of British Grasses
London: Printed for the author by T. Bensley, 1804. Quarto. 119 hand coloured engraved plates.
Expertly bound to style in half russia and period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine ruled in gilt, morocco lettering piece
Provenance: Claud Lonsdale (bookplate)
Rare first edition.
After a brief naval career, the author "lived for a time at Powick, near Worcester, and was then in the habit of making long summer botanical excursions. On one of these he visited Scotland in company with George Don and collected several of the rarest species of British grasses. In 1804 he published 'Gramina Britannica, or Representations of the British Grasses on 119 coloured plates, with Descriptions,' 4to, the figures being executed by himself. This edition was, with the exception of a hundred copies, destroyed by a fire at Bensley's, the printers, and the book was not reissued until 1842" (DNB).