Papers of: Roxburgh, William (1751-1815)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Abbreviated transcript of Roxburgh's 'Flora Indica', a dictionary of Indian plants and shrubs. Arranged in 23 classes: Monandria to Polygamia. With index by a later hand. Volume 1 of 'Flora Indica' as published at Serampore in 1820. It was edited by William Carey (1761-1834) and contained entries of additional plants by Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854). There was a second edition of this Volume 1 in 1824 with more of Wallich's notes, but no further volumes were published until 1832. At that date Carey published the complete work in 3 volumes, but omitting the Wallich notes. This manuscript seems to be a shortened version of the work, with some of Wallich's notes, distinguished by the addition of the letter W. But the descriptions are here somewhat differently set out, and the native names of plants are omitted.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Roxburgh was born 1751 and died 1815. His `Flora Indica' or description of Indian plants was his most important work.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's 1923, Lot 639 (accession number 42560).

Other Finding Aids

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Quarto volumes with original calf binding, slightly defective.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Helen Wakely based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by S.A.J. Moorat.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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