Historia Plantarum (Ray)

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Title page of Historia Plantarum, John Ray, 1686

Historia Plantarum (The History of Plants) is a botany book by John Ray, published in 1686.


Historia Plantarum was published in three volumes: vol 1 in 1686, vol 2 in 1688, vol 3 in 1704. The third volume lacked plates, so Ray's assistant, the apothecary James Petiver, published Petiver's Catalogue, effectively a supplement containing the plates, in parts in 1715–1764. The work on the first two volumes was supported by subscriptions from the President and Fellows of the Royal Society.


  • Ray, John (1686). Historia plantarum. London: Clark. Vol 1 - Vol 2 - Vol 3



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