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Author
MILLER, Johannes.
Title
Illustratio systematis sexualis Linnaei [...] An illustration of the sexual system of Linnaeus
Published
London: Published and sold by the Author, 1777.
Description
Folio (53.8 x 36cm.), engraved frontispiece and title, list of subscribers, title and text in English and Latin, 108 engraved plates, 103 (only, of 104), in two states, plain, and printed in colours and finished by hand before letters; the Pondweed plate in a plain state only, the coloured version apparently never included in this copy, one or two plates spotted. Contemporary diced russia re-backed, covers with borders tooled in gilt and blind. Provenance: Engraved armorial bookplate of Sir John Eden, subscriber, thence by descent to Sir William Eden. A wide-margined copy of the first edition of Miller's exposition of the Linnaean system. "It was issued in twenty parts from 1775-1777, but isolated plates may have been issued as printed from 1770 onwards: certainly Miller sent some to Linnaeus in October 1772 and in 1773 and 1775. Greatly impressed, Linnaeus wrote that "Miller's plates were more beautiful and more accurate than any seen since the beginning of the world" (Great Flower Books).

Coloured plates in order:

1. Classis I. Ordo I. Monandria Monogynia, Canna.
2. Classis I. Ordo II. Monandria Digynia, Blitum.
3. Classis II. Ordo I. Diandria Monogynia, Monarda.
4. Classis II. Ordo II. Diandria Digynia, Anthoxanthum.
5. Classis II. Ordo III. Diandria Trigynia, Piper.
6. Classis III. Ordo I. Triandria Monogynia, Crocus.
7. Classis III. Ordo II. Triandria Digynia, Avena.
8. Classis III. Ordo III. Triandria Trigynia, Mollugo.
9. Classis IV. Ordo I. Tetrandria Monogynia, Dipsacus.
10. Classis IV. Ordo II. Tetrandria Digynia, Hamamelis.
11. Classis IV. Ordo III. Tetrandria Tetragynia, Potamogeton.
12. Classis V. Ordo I. Pentandria Monogynia, Nerium.
13. Classis V. Ordo II. Pentandria Digynia, Anethum.
14. Classis V. Ordo III. Pentandria Trigynia, Turnera.
15. Classis V. Ordo IV. Pentandria Tetragynia, Parnassia.
16. Classis V. Ordo V. Pentandria Pentagynia, Crassula.
17. Classis V. Ordo VI. Pentandria Polygynia, Myosurus.
18. Classis VI. Ordo I. Hexandria Monogynia, Amarillis.
19. Classis VI. Ordo II. Hexandria Digynia, Oryza.
20. Classis VI. Ordo III. Hexandria Trigynia, Rumex.
21. Classis VI. Ordo IV. Hexandria Tetragynia, Petiveria.
22. Classis Vi. Ordo V. Hexandria Polygynia, Alisma.
23. Classis VII. Ordo I. Heptandria Monogynia, Aesculus.
24. Classis VII. Ordo III. Heptandria Tetragynia, Saururus.
25. Classis VIII. Ordo I. Octandria Monogynia, Oenothera.
26. Classis VIII. Ordo II. Octandria Digynia, Galenia.
27. Classis VIII. Ordo III. Octandria Trigynia, Polygonum.
28. Classis VIII. Ordo IV. Octandria Tetragynia, Adoxa.
29. Classis IX. Ordo I. Enneandria Monogynia, Cassyta.
30. Classis IX. Ordo II. Enneandria Trigynia, Rheum.
31. Classis IX. Ordo III. Enneandria Hexagynia, Butomus.
32. Classis X. Ordo I. Decandria Monogynia, Kalmia.
33. Classis X. Ordo II. Decandria Digynia, Saxifraga.
34. Classis X. Ordo III. Decandria Trigynia, Stellaria.
35. Classis X. Ordo IV. Decandria Pentagynia, Oxalis.
36. Classis X. Ordo V. Decandria Decagynia, Phytolacca.
37. Classis XI. Ordo I. Dodecandria Monogynia, Asarum.
38. Classis XI. Ordo II. Dodecantria Digynia, Agrimonia.
39. Classis XI. Ordo III. Dodecantria Trigynia, Euphorbia.
40. Classis XI. Ordo V. Dodecantria Polygynia, Sempervivumi.
41. Classis XII. Ordo I. Icosandria Monogynia, Punica.
42. Classis XII. Ordo II. Jcosandria Digynia, Crataegus.
43. Classis XII. Ordo III. Icosandria Trigynia, Crataegus.
44. Classis XII. Ordo IV. Icosandria Pentagynia, Pyrus.
45. Classis XII. Ordo V. Icosandria Polygynia, Rubus.
46. Classis XIII. Ordo I. Polyandria Monogynia, Sarracenia.
47. Classis XIII. Ordo II. Polyandria Digynia, Paeonia.
48. Classis XIII. Ordo III. Polyandria Trigynia, Aconitum.
49. Classis XIII. Ordo V. Polyandria Pentagynia, Aquilegia.
50. Classis XIII. Ordo Vi. Polyandria Hexagynia, Stratiotes.
51. Classis XIII. Ordo VII. Polyandria Polygynia, Ranunculus.
52. Classis XIV. Odro I. Didynamia Gymnospermia, Melittis.
53. Classis XIV. Ordo II. Didynamia Angiospermia, Melianthus.
54. Classis XV. Ordo I. Tetradinamia Siliculosa, Lunaria.
55. Classis XV. Ordo II. Tetradinamia Siliquosa, Chiranthus.
56. Classis XVI. Ordo I. Monodelphia Pentandria, Hermannia.
57. Classis XVI. Ordo II. Monodelphia Decandria, Geranium.
58. Classis XVI. Ordo IV. Monodelphia Dodecandria, Pentapetes.
59. Classis XVI. Ordo V. Monodelphia. Polyandria, Alcea.
60. Classis XVII. Ordo I. Diadelphia Hexandria, Fumaria.
61. Classis XVII. Ordo II. Diadelphia Octantria, Polygala.
62. Classis XVII. Ordo III. Diadelphia Decandria, Lathyrus.
63. Classis XVIII. Ordo I. Polyadelphia Pentandria, Theobroma.
64. Classis XVIII. Ordo II. Polyadelphia Icosandria, Citrus.
65. Classis XVIII. Ordo III. Polyadelphia Polyandria, Hypericum.
66. Classis IX. Ordo I. Syngenesia Polygamia Aequlis, Leontodon.
67. Classis XIX. Ordo II. Syngenesia Polygamia Superflua, Xeranthemum.
68. Classis XIX. Ordo III. Syngenesia Polygamia Frustranfa, Helianthus.
69. Classis XIX. Ordo IV. Syngenesia Polygamia Necessaria, Calendula.
70. Classis XIX. Ordo V. Syngenesia Polygamia, Echinops.
71. Classis XIX. Ordo VI. Syngenesia Monogamia, Lobelia.
72. Classis XX. Ordo I. Gynandria Diandria, Orchis.
73. Classis XX. Ordo II. Gynandria Triandria, Sisyrichium.
74. Classis XX. Ordo IV. Gynandria Monogynia, Passiflora.
75. Classis XX. Ordo V. Gynandria Hexandria, Aristolochia.
76. Classis XX. Ordo VII. Gynandria Polygynia, Arum.
77. Classis XXI. Ordo I. Monoecia Monandria, Zanichellia.
78. Classis XXI. Ordo III. Monoecia Triandria, Tripsacum.
79. Classis XXI. Ordo IV. Monoecia Tetrandria, Urtica.
80. Classis XXI. Ordo V. Monoecia Pentandria, Parthenium.
81. Classis XXI. Ordo VIII. Monoecia Polyandria, Juglans.
82. Classis XXI. Ordo IX. Monoecia Monadelphia, Pinus.
83. Classis XXI. Ordo X. Monoecia Syngenesia, Momordica.
84. Classis XXI. Ordo XI. Monoecia Gynandria, Andrachne.
85. Classis XXII. Ordo II. Dioecia Diandria, Salix.
86. Classis XXII. Ordo III. Dioecia Triandria, Empetrum.
87. Classis XXII. Ordo IV. Dioecia Tetrandria, Viscum.
88. Classis XXII. Ordo V. Dioecia Pentandria, Humulus.
89. Classis XXII. Ordo VI. Dioecia Hexandria, Tamus.
90. Classis XXII. Ordo VII. Dioecia Octandria, Populus.
91. Classis XXII. Ordo VIII. Dioecia Enneandria, Mercurialis.
92. Classis XXII. Ordo IX. Dioecia Decandria, Kiggelaria.
93. Classis XXII. Ordo X. Diocecia Dodecandria, Menispermum.
94. Classis XXII. Ordo XI. Dioecia Polyandria, Cliffortia.
95. Classis XXII. Ordo XII. Dioecia Monadelphia, Juniperus.
96. Classis XXII. Ordo XIII. Dioecia Syngenesia, Ruscus.
97. Classis XXII. Ordo XIV. Dioecia Gynandria, Clutia.
98. Classis XXIII. Ordo I. Polygamia Monoecia, Veratrum.
99. Classis XXIII. Ordo II. Polygamia Dioecia, Fraxinus.
100. Classis XXIII. Ordo III. Polygamia Trigynia, Ficus.
101. Classis XXIV. Ordo I. Cryptogamia Filices, Polypodium.
102. Classis XXIV. Ordo II. Cryptogamia Musci, Bryum.
103. Classis XXIV. Ordo III. Cryptogamia Algae, Ficus.
104. Classis XXIV. Ordo IV. Cryptogamia Fungi, Agaricus.
105. Tabula I. Folia Simplicia.
106. Tabula II. Folia Simplicia.
107. Tabula III. Folia Composita.
108. Tabula IV. Folia Determinata.
References
Dunthorne 222; Great Flower Books, p.68; Henrey 1153; Nissen BBI 1372; Stafleu TL2 6483.
Hand coloured plates
108
Binding/Size
L=FOLIO
Category
18th Century & earlier, Botany
Value
$5,001-25,000
Stock ID
1402