£175.00

Publisher

John Van Voorst, Paternoster Row

Place

London

Date

1882

Item Description

Reissue with extra plates. 4to. 10 x 7 inches. [2] + lii + 186 pp. Bound in the original green cloth gilt which has been skilfully re-backed preserving the original spine, all edges gilt. Some slight rubbing to extremities but a fine copy. Illustrated by hand-coloured frontispiece by J. De C. Sowerby, 2 black and white plates in introduction and 89 hand-coloured plates with 1780 figures, by J. E. Sowerby. Publisher's device on title page. A well-illustrated field guide to British wild flowers, 'Intended merely as a volume of reference for the field-botanist, the country resident or summer rambler, when works of more pretension are not at hand, our book can comprise little more descriptive matter than is absolutely necessary, with the assistance of the plates, to identify each plant' (Introduction). Sowerby, collaborated with Charles Pierpoint Johnson (d.1893), on illustrating botanical texts, 1857-62. John Edward Sowerby (1825-1870), the botanical artist and publisher was the third family generation to work in these fields, his grandfather, James Sowerby (1757-1822), one of the greatest botanists of the age, while his uncle, James de Carle Sowerby (1787-1871) contributed the frontispiece to this work. Originaly published in 1858, British Wild Flowers proved to be a popular title and this edition is enlarged from the original with additional material in the appendix and in the supplement of ferns the colouring of the plates in this Van Voorst issue is superior to the later reprints.

[Stock No. 26352]

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