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Maund, Benjamin.
The Botanic Garden. Consisting of highly finished representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, cultivated in Great Britain; with their classification history, culture, and other interesting information.
1889. Simpkin and Marshall. -[], 18251850. 1st. Ed.. Thirteen volume set with 312 fine hand-coloured plates depicting 1,248 flowering plants. Small 4to. Hardbacks. Some minor spotting and offsetting, o/w. contents fine. Quite superbly bound in contemporary green morocco, richly gilt decorated, all in near fine condition, just lightly rubbed in places. Provenance: The Plesch copy, being from the library of Arpad Plesch (1889-1974) with his leather bookplate to Volume 1. A superb set. Benjamin Maund (1790-1863) was a pharmacist, botanist, printer, bookseller and a fellow of the Linnean Society. He produced �The Botanic Garden� from his press in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Dedicated to Queen Victoria, and released as a periodical, ornamental plants are depicted with great delicacy. �A delightful work, not only full of useful and practical information, but illustrated with most charming plates carefully engraved and coloured� (Great Flower Books). Arpad Plesch was Hungarian and he amassed the magnificent botanical library of the Stiftung f�r Botanik, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, which was featured in Douglas Cooper�s book �Great Private Collections�.
Bookseller: C.Arden Bookseller [United Kingdom]
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