The Florist's Guide, and the Cultivator's Directory;
containing coloured figures of the choicest flowers, cultivated by florists; including ranunculas, carnations, picotees, pinks, georginas, polyanthus, auriculas, hyacinths, and tulips, with their descriptions, and an account of the most approved methods of culture.London: John Ridgway, 1827-32. Stock Code: 111188
First edition of this highly attractive botanical directory, originally published periodically. Wilfrid Blunt describes Edwin Dalton Smith as a "considerable artist of small-scale work" (The Art of Botanical Illustration, 1950, p. 212). He was employed at the Royal Gardens at Kew for many years and contributed illustrations for Sweet's Flora Australasica (1827-1828). Sweet was a Devon-born horticulturist based in Chelsea.
2 volumes, octavo (236 x 141 mm). Recent dark green half morocco, decorative gilt spines, green linen cloth sides, speckled edges, marbled endpapers.
200 hand-coloured engraved plates by J. Watts after Edwin Dalton Smith (green tissue guards).
Occasional light ofsetting from letterpress to plates otherwise a clean and attractive set.
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