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GUILDING, The Rev. Lansdown.
An Account of the Botanic Garden in the Island of St. Vincent, from its first establishment to the present time.

Glasgow: Richard Griffin & Co., 1825.
Not in Sabin, Abbey Travel 691, Bobins 812. Cundall West Indies 1930a.
Glasgow: Richard Griffin & Co., 1825.

Quarto; (11.5 x 9 inches) publisher's blue papered boards, paper label on upper board. Presentation copy from the author. 4 hand coloured lithographic plates. Uncut. Boards rubbed and stained, presentation copy by the author (MS inscription to front pastedown -partially legible). Rare work on St. Vincent. Abbey records a contemporary prospectus for distribution of the work in the island, which states "only a few copies have been sent for sale, but Mr Draper will receive at the Gazette Office the names of those who are disposed to encourage the Bookseller who printed it". It is a meticulous account of the Botanic Garden, with charming lithographic views, followed by an appendix comprising letters from Dr Anderson to the Secretary of the Society of Arts, relating to plants cultivated in the garden, and a catalogue of plants (Abbey Travel). Guilding was a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and a Member of the Geological and Wernerian Societies of Edinburgh. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. House of the Superindentent. 2. View of the Botanic Garden, St. Vincent, taken from the Superintendent's House. 3. Botanic Garden from the bottom of the Central Walk. 4. [Plan] A Diagram of the Botanic Garden in the Island of St. Vincent.