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Letters on the Elements of Botany
Addressed to a Lady

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108076722

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  • Among the many interests of Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–78) was botany. These letters 'addressed to a lady' came to the attention of Thomas Martyn, professor of botany at the University of Cambridge, who thought that 'if [they were] translated into English, they might be of use to such … as wished to amuse themselves with natural history'. However, when the translation was done, he 'perceived that the foundation only being laid by the ingenious author, it could be of little service, without raising the superstructure'. Martyn's 1785 publication, of which we have reissued the 1791 third edition, adds notes and corrections to Rousseau's original thirty-two letters which explain the structure of plants and their ordering in the Linnaean system. Martyn urges the reader not to study it 'in the easy chair at home': it 'can be no use but to such as have a plant in their hand'.

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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108076722
    • dimensions: 220 x 140 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Translator's preface
    1. The true use of botany
    2. Double flowers to be avoided
    3. Botany not to be studied by books
    4. Reason why two stamens are shorter than the other four in cruciform flowers
    5. Glands very small
    6. The umbellate and other natural tribes of plants
    7. Botany a study of curiosity only
    8. The manner how to form a hortus siccus
    9. The skill of a botanist
    10. Genera and species
    11. Explanation of generic and specific characters of plants
    12. The examination of plants
    13. Corn and grasses
    14. Other plants of the third class
    15. The fourth class
    16. The fifth class
    17. Nectary
    18. Hexandria monogynia
    19. Heptandria
    20. The eleventh class
    21. Class Icosandria
    22. Fourteenth class, Didynamia
    23. Fifteenth class, Tetradynamia
    24. Plants to be examined at different seasons
    25. Class seventeenth, Diadelphia
    26. Class Syngenesia
    27. The twentieth class
    28. The twenty-first class
    29. The twenty-second class
    30. The twenty-third class
    31. The different forms and structure of the nectary
    32. The twenty-fourth class
    Index of the English names of plants
    Index of Latin names
    Natural tribes, or orders of plants
    Index of terms.

  • Author

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau


    Thomas Martyn

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