Linn, Carl von. A System of Vegetables, According to Their Classes, Orders, Genera, Species, with Their Characters and Differences. Translated from the 13th edition (as Published by Dr. Murray) of the Systema Vegetabilium of the late Professor Linneus, and from the Supplementum Plantarum... by a Botanical Society at Lichfield. Lichfield, Printed by J. Jackson for Leigh and Sotheby, 1783

This is the first English language translation of Linnaeus’ Systema Vegetabilium, a catalog of over 1400 plants divided into the 24 classes of the Linnean system. It was made from a condensed edition of the work in Latin published by John Anders Murray, 1740-91. The translating was done by "a Botanical Society at Lichfield," the members of whom seem to have been Erasmus Darwin, Brooke Boothby, and John Jackson. The completed work had four parts bound in two volumes. Supplementum Plantarum was by Linnaeus’ son Carl. There were reviews of the work in two issues of the Monthly Review, in volumes 68 and 72, in 1783 and 1785.

The 1785 Monthly Review comments "What a fund of elegant amusement is now laid open! The field and the garden are rendered intelligible! At length the female sex, and the un-latinified, can make their way, and reap those enjoyments, which their forefathers could obtain, but more painfully, from ancient herbals, from their favoured Gerard, and the laborious Parkinson. Worse pursuits will perhaps now be deserted, when such a rational one is within everyone’s reach. Where botanical knowledge becomes general, the knowledge of medicine, of chemistry and of arts, and the love of botanical culture usually increase with it. In all probability botanical gardens will multiply; hence horticulture may fairly be expected to improve. Rare plants will be found in more general hands; and England will confessedly take the lead in this science. Every thing, which from its being curious, or ingenious, or useful, adds to the honour of the State..."

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