Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Phillips, Henry (fl.1780-1830)

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PHILLIPS, HENRY (fl. 1780–1830), horticultural writer, said to have been a schoolmaster, was living at Queen's House, Bayswater, in 1821, and at Bedford Square, Brighton, from 1823 to 1825. His ‘Sylva Florifera’ (1823) is dedicated to his wife, to whom he had been married twenty-five years. He was a fellow of the Horticultural Society, and in 1825 of the Linnean Society (Britten and Boulger, Index of Botanists, p. 135). He published: 1. ‘Pomarium Britannicum,’ 1820, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1821; 3rd edit. 1823. 2. ‘History of Cultivated Vegetables,’ 2 vols. 8vo; 2nd edit. 1822; another edition 1831. 3. ‘Sylva Florifera: the Shrubbery, historically and botanically treated,’ 2 vols. 1823, 8vo. 4. ‘Flora Domestica, or the Portable Flower Garden,’ 1823, 8vo; another edition 1827. 5. ‘Flora Historica,’ 1824, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1829. 6. ‘Floral Emblems,’ 1825, 8vo. 7. ‘Companion for the Orchard,’ 1831, 8vo. 8. ‘Companion for the Kitchen Garden,’ 2 vols. 8vo.

[Johnson's History of English Gardening, (1829), p. 304; Pritzel's Thesaurus Literaturæ Botanicæ, 1851; Jackson's Guide to the Literature of Botany; Phillips's own works.]

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