Beauties Of Flora,.
Bound in original green cloth, gilt with blind stamped decorative panels on boards enclosing gilt floral vignette; spine rebacked and decorated gilt. All edges gilt. Extremities worn, spine chipped and boards stained. Some browning and spotting inside, slight damage to top of plate opp. p.11) and small tear to edge of p.187-8.
NAIVE PLANT LITHOGRAPHS, 1848.
Edward Kearney, 272 Pearl Street, New-York.,
And outlines of botany, with a language of flowers. a perennial offering. by john b. newman, m. d. the whole illustrated by splendidly coloured engravings by lewis and brown.
First edition. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. Portrait frontis of'Linnaeus' + iv +  - 288 pp. +  pp. Illustrated with black and white lithographed frontispiece and  hand-coloured lithographed plates. Includes preface, dictionary of flowers and index.
A scarce item, illustrated by thirty five charming and naive hand-coloured lithographs. Each plant or group of plants is described botanically, followed by anecdotes, including classical allusions, poems about flowers and a discussion of medicinal aspects. The work is therefore partly a herbal and covers plants of economic importance, such as coffee, tea, sugar cane and citrus fruits. A biographical section, includes lives of famous botanists, with Linnaeus being ascribed a particular significance. A list at the end notes emblematic significance, or the language of flowers. Little is known of the author, who may have practised in Rochester, N.Y., other than his works quoted in the Library of Congress catalogue. Titles includes Texas and Mexico and Illustrated botany, both 1846, and a variety of other books on physiology, flora, etc.
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