|Catalog Number||821.6 DAR 1793 V1-2|
|Date of Publication||1793|
|Title||The Botanic Garden: A poem, in two parts. Part I. Containing the economy of vegetation. Part II. The loves of the plants. With philosophical notes.|
Inscriptions: "From my brother, Doctor Mason, D.D." (on front pastedown, book one); "Margaretta Mason, New York 1797" (front endpaper, book one); "Margaretta Mason" (Canto I page, book one); "From my Brother" (on front pastedown, book two). The front endnote pages are ripped on book two, but the beginning of Margaretta's first name is written on the flyleaf. "Margaretta Mason" (Canto I page, book two). There are two engravings of flora on pages prior to this page. There are a few pages that have parentheses around text. And a note appears on page 112 that reads:"The remainder of this canto, omitted in this publication, is transcribed at the end of this volume-see page 207-" Margaretta's transcription of this omitted section can be seen on 3 rear endnote pages and the rear pastedown.
The Botanic Garden is a set of two books with two poems, "The Economy of Vegetation" and "The Loves of the Plants." Erasmus Darwin first published "The Loves of the Plants" anonymously in 1789. In 1791, he published both poems.
The "Economy of Vegetation" celebrates technological innovation, scientific discovery and offers theories concerning contemporary scientific questions, such as the history of the cosmos. The more popular "Loves of the Plants" promotes, revises and illustrates Linnaeus's classification scheme for plants. Suggesting the passing of a single day, "The Loves of the Plants" is divided into four cantos, all written in heroic couplets. It was a popular science book.
|Publisher||J. Moore, No. 45, College-Green|
|Place of Publication||Dublin|
Botany -- Poetry.
Margaretta Mason Brown
John Mitchell Mason