The New Flora Britannica. Illustrated with one hundred and thirty-three plants, engraved by Sansom, from the original pictures, and coloured with the greatest exactness from drawings by Sydenham Edwards, in 2 volumes bound together in 1 volume.
By Edwards, Sydenham T
Pp. 503, 61 fine hand-colored plates engraved by Sansom after Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819). Contemporary straight-grained light brown morocco, both covers with elaborate outer borders tooled in gilt and blind-stamped, spine in five compartments with wide semi-raised bands, lettered in the second compartment, the others with repeated decorations in gilt and blind-stamping, gilt turn-ins, all pages edges in gilt, 4to. This work was issued in two volumes; both volumes are bound together in one volume. This is the best published collection of Edward's work who was one of the greatest English botanical artists of the period. The plates from the “The New Flora Britannica” were first published by R. W. Dickson under the pseudonym Alexander McDonald in “A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening” (1807). However, the presentation of these plates in “The New Flora Britannica” is far superior due to the much more brilliant coloration and the fact that a higher quality paper stock was used to print the plates. See also Dunthorne 107 and Nissen BBI, 479. Armorial bookplate of G. Garnier on the front pastedown.
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|Condition Description||Light off-setting of the frontis-plate onto the title page of volume 1, the superb hand-colored plates and the text is bright, clean and free from foxing or browning, armorial bookplate on the front endpaper, morocco on spine with a few old wrinkles, a few old mars to the boards; a very good copy in an attractive period binding.|