TITFORD, William Jowett (1784-1823). Sketches towards a Hortus Botanicus Americanus; or,. New and Valuable Plants of the West Indies and North and South America. London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1811 - .
6 parts in one volume. 4to., (11 6/8 x 9 2/8 inches). 4-page list of Subscribers at end. Hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece (margins renewed) and 17 numbered hand-coloured endgraved plates, hand-coloured engraved vignette dedication leaf (some spotting to the first three plates, plate 11 with fore-margin renewed, small marginal repairs to the last three plates). Modern half-calf antique. Provenance: small ink library stamp of Clinton Hall Association on the title-page. First edition, bound from the six original parts issued between 1811 and 1812. With the printed date 1811 altered in manuscript to 1812. Originally born in Jamaica, Titford travelled extensively North America between 1807 and 1810, collecting botanical specimens, which he sent to the Society of Arts with over fifty drawings and a description of each type, classified under the system of Linnaeus, which he intended to publish in a book. On returning to England he ".began preparations for the publication of his Sketches towards a "Hortus Botanicus Americanus". It was issued in six parts in 1811 and 1812 in London by George Stower; the list of subscribers included the prince regent, Louis XVIII of France, the Royal Institution, the Royal Society of Arts, and many eminent botanists in England, Jamaica, and North America. The Critical Review of November 1811 described the first parts of the Hortus as 'a most excellent work for persons learning botany and all things pertaining to natural history and associated sciences' (Critical Review, 333)" (DNB). Nissen, Botany 1968; Pritzel 9370; Plesch, page 436; Sitwell, Great Flower Books, page 144.