[Great Britain]: [circa 1770]. Quarto. (13 x 8 inches). 133 watercolours, each within ink ruled border, each captioned in ink or pencil with common names. On 18th century laid paper throughout, watermarked J.A.D. With an additional watercolour of a bat on the front pastedown.
Contemporary vellum-backed marbled paper covered boards. Housed in a modern green full morocco box.
Eighteenth-century manuscript herbarium.
These unusual watercolours of flowers, trees, herbs and spices -- nearly all noted in the 18th century for their medicinal use -- are drawn in an upright, narrow fashion, all extending from the lower ruled border. The images appear to have been drawn from life, as they do not resemble the images from contemporary printed sources and a few include notations as to their origin (e.g. "From Sir Wm Oglander's Greenhouse"). Images include depictions of pepper, various lillies, clematis, laurel, St. John's wort,, cyclamen, passion flower, golden rod, milkwort, hemlock, geranium, pomegranate, leadwort, verbena and more.