Stockholm: Impensis Salvii, 1753. First edition. Contemporary calf with gilt and morocco labels to spines. Outer joints cracked on both volumes but holding; some general shelfwear to boards. Armorial bookplates of Thomas Boswell, Esq. to front pastedowns of each. Collating [xiii], 560; [ii], 561-1200, : volume I is second state as usual, with cancels present for leaves E6, F5, and R2 and volume II is bound without the final errata leaf. Internally foxed and toned as is common for imprints of this era, with minor worming affecting some areas of text. In all, still a very good copy of this rare scientific work that is scarce and desirable in its contemporary binding. Housed in a custom clamshell.
"Swedish biologist Carl von Linne, also known by the Latinized form of his name Carolus Linnaeus, is best remembered as a botanist and the founder of modern systems of naming living organisms. Linnaeus published approximately 180 books and papers in total. His publication Species Plantarum is his most influential and is considered the starting point for binomial nomenclature (the use of just two names to describe any given species)...It further contained all plants known at the time" (University of Aberdeen). Linnaeus' contributions to botany and zoology were far-reaching. "His classification system generally fell out of use within a century of its creation, but his system of naming plants and animals is still in use today and has provided the world with what became, in effect, a universal scientific language" (Hunt Botanical). (Item #4526)