The Wild Orchids Of Britain.
The Bodley Head.
By jocelyn brooke. drawings from the living plants by gavin bone. additional drawings by muirhead and stephen bone. this edition is limited to 1,140 numbered copies, of which forty copies, numbered 1 to 40, have been signed by the author and specially bound. no: 593.
First Edition, Folio. 8.75 x 13.75 inches. 139 pp. Bound in the original buckram, gilt without the dust wrapper and spine a trifle sunned but a very good example internally. Illustrated by coloured frontispiece, 40 colour plates and by 5 text figures. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. Brooke's Magnum Opus, a lifetime passion is realised in this work. Brooke conceived this book in 1924 when Gavin Bone made a drawing of a Lizard Orchid when they were both at Bedales school. The aim of the book is to give good illustrations of British orchids from British specimens, which are botanically correct, but also spirited, with more of a feeling for the living plant than a strict botanical illustration. Gavin Bone, Jocelyn's lifelong friend, was killed in World War Two and his father and brother were to finish the work. The first and only edition, it is a finely produced book and was sold in 1950 for eight guineas. This copy lacks the scarce dust wrapper.
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