The Botanic Garden.
Consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, cultivated in Great Britain; with their Classification, History, Culture, and other interesting information.London, Baldwin and Cradock [or] Simpkin and Marshall, 1825-33 Stock Code: 138567
NotesAn appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th century; the entire series extended to 13 volumes, published up until 1851.
Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting and useful publication affordable to everyone. Each monthly issue contained a plate with four engraved and hand-coloured figures of hardy ornamental flowering plants and eight pages of text" (ODNB).
4 volumes, square octavo (200 x 155 mm). Contemporary olive green straight-grain morocco to vols. 1 & 2, crushed morocco to vols. 3 & 4, gilt letters and decorative tooling to spines, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Engraved title pages within decorative borders, 96 engraved plates of flowers and plants by S. Watts after Edward Dalton Smith.
With the bookplate of Major Walter Overbeck Wade, (1835-1892) who served in the 91st Argyllshire Reg't of Foot in Greece in 1854 and the 5th Administrative Battalion, Lancashire Rifle Volunteers in 1874. Spines lightly faded, occasional stains and spotting to contents, a few marks to boards, plates bright and presenting well. A very good set.
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