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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
SIR JOSEPH BANKS, BART. K.G.C.B.
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL,
PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY, TRUST. BRIT. MUS. ETC. ETC.
I have been induced to dedicate this Work to you, because the subject on which it treats has been illustrated by you in one of the few instances in which
have favoured the world with the productions of your pen.
Some of the plans which I recommend are new; and as I am desirous of introducing them only so far as they will stand the test of impartial and enlightened examination, to whom could I have dedicated this Work with so much propriety as to one who possesses the wisdom of age without its prejudices, and retains the candour of youth without its rashness?
I have the honour to be,
J. C. LOUDON.
25th April 1817.
The Plates-are printed by Mr. Daniel Redman of Somers Town, from sketches made on