London: Printed for Robert Dutton, 1811. Engravings. Third Edition. Quarter leather and marbled boards. 8vo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), quarter leather with maroon label & gilt lettering over marbled boards, illustrated with 5 full-page engraved botanical plates and a few in-text engravings, xv, [xvi] + 487 + 4pp. Notes by Edward King +  Ad for The Harleian Miscellany + [11, 12:blank] Index. Very Good / None. Item #4431
Excellent scholarly edition with Latin opposite a close translation; very learned extensive notes, attractive engraved illustrations of obscure Latin allusions with special attention to those botanical, plus an extensive index on Virgil's most personally valued work, The Georgics.
John or Joannes Martyn (1699 – 1768) was an English botanist, who was appointed Professor of Botany at Cambridge University (1732-68), but--though retaining his title--he left university to pursue his studies and practice as a physician.
He is best known for his Historia Plantarum Rariorum (1728–1737, illustrated by Jacob van Huysum), and his translation, with valuable agricultural and botanical notes, of the Eclogues (1749) and Georgics (1741) of Virgil. Editions continued to be issued after his death.
Binding is scuffed, rubbed, and marbling has faded. Text block is solid though the rear joints are starting to split. Leather at the head of the spine has split slightly (~ 1") along the joints but remains unobtrusive and easily reparable if desired. Flexible pages are without annotations though age-toned with light spotting and moderate foxing.