The Pictorial Flora;
or British botany delineated, in 1,500 lithographic drawings of all the species of flowering plants indigenous to Great Britain; illustrating the descriptive works on English botany by Sir J. E. Smith, Lindley, Hooker, Withering, and other authors.London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840 Stock Code: 140873
First edition of this remarkable collection of botanical drawings, gathered over five annual journeys across England and Wales, and comprising a catalogue of over 1,500 plant species. Jackson intended the present work "to serve as a handy and affordable alternative to more expensive and elaborate botanical plate books then available" (Carter). This is a truly beautiful copy of an uncommon work.
Mary Ann Jackson (1819-1915), a clergyman's daughter in the English Midlands, took the first of her annual journeys at the age of 15 in 1833. Due to the identification of the artist on the title page solely as "Mrs. Jackson" the work was wrongly identified for many years as having been carried out by the strikingly similarly named popular botanical writer Maria Elizabetha Jacson, however her death in 1829 precludes this possibility.
In 1847 Jackson went on to publish Specimen Flora, an ambitious hortus siccus with 100 plant specimens pasted in each copy.
Octavo (213 x 130 mm). Contemporary blue morocco, titles to spine in gilt, elaborate floral frame and tooling to spine and boards, tulip-design roll to turn-ins and board edges in gilt, edges gilt.
With 131 pages of lithographic drawings by Jackson.
Ownership inscription of Margaret G. Holmes on first blank. Wear to spine ends and tips, rubbing to board edges, inner hinges cracked, book block firm, very occasional spot of foxing else contents bright and clean; a very good, attractive copy.
Charles Carter, "Romantic Interests: Miss Jackson's Rare 'Pictorial Flora'", article online.
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