PAINE (WILLIAM, PLANT COLLECTOR) [HERBARIUM] "To ye Right Honble John Boyle, Earl of Orrery [in manuscript] This Hortus Siccus, is Presented by your Humble Servant William Paine Botanist, Collected from the Seas, Rivers, Fields, Woods, and Gardens, of Most Parts of this Kingdom. Anno Dom. 1731, Bath, T. Hinton, 1731
Lot 241
PAINE (WILLIAM, PLANT COLLECTOR)
[HERBARIUM] "To ye Right Honble John Boyle, Earl of Orrery [in manuscript] This Hortus Siccus, is Presented by your Humble Servant William Paine Botanist, Collected from the Seas, Rivers, Fields, Woods, and Gardens, of Most Parts of this Kingdom. Anno Dom. 1731, Bath, T. Hinton, 1731
Sold for £ 1,750 (US$ 2,298) inc. premium

Lot Details
Exsiccata: a Private Collection
PAINE (WILLIAM, PLANT COLLECTOR)
[HERBARIUM] "To ye Right Honble John Boyle, Earl of Orrery [in manuscript] This Hortus Siccus, is Presented by your Humble Servant William Paine Botanist, Collected from the Seas, Rivers, Fields, Woods, and Gardens, of Most Parts of this Kingdom. Anno Dom. 1731, letterpress "title-dedication" page, manuscript list of clients ("Persons Serv'd since this was printed..."), 68 leaves of mounted plant specimens (upwards of 620 in total, some loose or defective), ink captions to each, contemporary reverse calf, rubbed, upper cover detached, 4to, Bath, T. Hinton, 1731

Footnotes

  • William Paine (fl.1729-1738), probably based in the West Country, "was evidently a man of no education: his claim to the title 'Botanist' seems to have consisted in the preparation of collections for sale" (J.E. Dandy, Sloane Herbarium, 1958). This collection, with the specimens captioned with their common names, has a letterpress title (printed in Bath) naming doctors surgeons, druggists, apothecarys, "divines, gentleman, and trades-men" for whom Paine had previously "allredy serv'd". This title is not recorded on ESTC.

    Provenance: John Boyle, fifth Earl of Orrery (1707-1762), presentation inscription from the author on printed title, and bookplate.
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