The Lord Treasurer of Botany: Sir James Edward Smith and the Linnaean Collections

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


18:00 - 19:00 Tuesday 7 June 2016

James Edward Smith

In The Lord Treasurer of Botany, discover how James Edward Smith, the shy, diffident son of a Norwich textile merchant, took a passion for botany and forged it into a highly successful career in natural history in 1790s London, in the process becoming a focal point for the study of botany and natural history in Great Britain, Europe and beyond.

In this first complete biography, archivist Tom Kennett uses Smith's letters, publications, manuscripts and travel diary to give an honest portrayal of Smith, from his unrealised medical career to his brushes with royalty, and his close allegiances and rivalries with other leading naturalists.

Tom Kennett FLS spent five years studying the life of the founder of the Linnean Society of London’s founder, Sir James Edward Smith, producing an in-depth catalogue of Smith’s correspondence held by the Society.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and there will be a book signing at the wine reception afterwards. Some original illustrations from the book will also be on display in the Library.

416pp, illustrated with mono and colour images, flexibound. Priced £25.00. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event at a 20% discount.

Video Podcast