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HAMMOND, Richard.
Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich: John Bagnall,], 1733. An incredible and personal insight into early 18th-century floristry and religious teachings, with numerous hand drawn illustrations Octavo (160 x 110 mm), pp. [48]. Red morocco binding reconstructed to style around the surviving front board which has the title and author's initials blocked in gilt within geometric frames, the central one a floral border, and an outer frame in blind, marbled endpapers. Housed in a red cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery. With 18 hand-drawn watercolour illustrations. Printed title page. Text in manuscript in red and black ink within red frames. Boards rubbed and a little scuffed, gilt fading, abrasion to front pastedown, inner hinges starting, book block remaining firm, light pencil marks to margins, contents faintly foxed, occasional nicks to edges, closed tear to foot of pp. 23-4, those at final two leafs neatly repaired; overall well-preserved in very good condition, the colour to illustrations bright and striking. A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis, and a damask and white rose. Richard Hammond (1692-1773) was a shoemaker known locally as a "staunch churchman with anti-nonconformist sentiments" and amateur florist specialising in the propagation of carnations. His leading role in local flo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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