William Withering, 1741-99, was chief physician at the Birmingham General Hospital and author of this book, an outstanding work of its period on plants growing in Britain. Our copy is a first edition. Withering was also author of a 1785 book on the medicinal uses of foxglove (digitalis), and Botanical Sketches of the Twenty-four Classes in the Linnean System, with Fifty Specimens of English Plants,..., 1801.
Botanical Arrangement..., a handbook of plant classification written with women readers in mind, introduces the Linnean system; it was very popular and had many editions. It is a book that Dorothy and William Wordsworth acquired in 1801. Dr. Withering belonged to the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group of gentlemen who met from 1775-the 1890s to discuss projects at the nexus of science and technology; other notable members were Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood, and Matthew Boulton.