Murray, Charlotte. The British Garden, a Descriptive Catalogue of Hardy Plants, Indigenous or Cultivated in the Climate of Great Britain, with Their Generic and Specific Characters, Latin and Wnglish Names, Native Country, and Time of Flowering. London, Thomas Wilson, 1808

Originally published in 1799 in two volumes this work is organized according to the Linnaean class and order system. The introduction explains "how to discover the name of any unknown plant." The book is a combination of descriptive catalog and Linnaean botanical instruction. Its goals are to cultivate an interest in botany and to promote it as a more accessible study than other sciences. The audience is young people and other beginners; its reviewers found it "useful, convenient, and well-compiled, suited to young botanists and dilettanti when visiting botanical gardens." It was an expensive work (16 shillings), yet it sold well and was reprinted over the next decade. Obviously, it was for wealthy consumers to activate a love of looking at plants. Lady Charlotte Murray lived 1754-1808; she was a daughter of John, Third Duke of Atholl, a man interested in reforestation on his estates in Scotland. Her work is typical of women’s botanical writing of the period; the author sees herself modestly, writes for young people and other amateurs, incorporates Linnaean views, and wants to encourage people to love and know plants.

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