JACOB, Edward. ~ Plantae Favershamienses. A Catalogue of the more perfect Plants growing spontaneously about Faversham, in the county of Kent. With an Appendix exhibiting a short View of the Fossil Bodies of the adjacent Island of Shepey... London: for the author by J. March and sold by B. White and T. Evans, 1777.
12mo (190 × 102 mm), pp. , 146, liii, , including final errata leaf, engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate (Orchis Morio foemina). The plate evenly but lightly browned (as usual, it seems). Modern quarter buckram. A good uncut copy.
First edition. Edward Jacob, antiquary and naturalist was born at Canterbury and was four times mayor of Faversham. He lived in a fine house in Preston Street and later at Nutts Farm, Leysdown, on the Isle of Sheppey. He had published his History of Faversham in 1774. Plantae Favershamienses was the fruit of many years botanizing and is an alphabetical catalogue of locally-occurring plants, with occasional notes on habitat (‘in the Brent marshes’, ‘about the Abbey pond’, ‘by the Road Sides near Sittingbourn’ etc) and with cross-references to the national floras of John Ray (1724) and William Hudson (1762). Jacob includes several notable Kentish plants outside the immediate vicinity of Faversham from information supplied by friends. The plate illustrates the Green Winged Orchid, then common in meadows around Faversham.