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BLUNT, Wilfrid Jasper Walter and Rory McEWEN
Tulips & Tulipomania by Wilfred Blunt with sixteen plates from paintings by Rory McEwen
London: The Basilisk Press, 1976-1977. 2 volumes (including a suite of signed plates). (text: quarto [11 1/8 x 8 1/8 inches]; large plates: folio [ 23 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches]). Text: 16 mounted coloured plates after Rory McEwen, printed lithographically by W.R. Royle & Son Ltd., 14 uncoloured illustrations (8 full-page); large format suite: no title or text (as issued), 8 coloured lithographic plates by Royle after McEwen, each signed in pencil by him and numbered 217 of 500 copies. Original red morocco- backed patterned cloth by W.T.Morrell & Co. Ltd., titled in gilt on spine, contained within a large format original white cloth solander box, made by G. Ryder, containing the unbound large format suite of plates, with the title and a tulip design blocked in black on the upper cover. The rare deluxe edition of this fine work, with eight signed prints by McEwen. One of the finest works of modern botanical literature Wilfred Blunt's important essay on the 17th-century phenomenon of Tulipomania was first published by Penguin Books in its ground-breaking 'King Penguin' series in 1950. For the present work, Blunt completely revised the text and 16 coloured plates after Rory McEwen were added, of tulips grown by members of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society. The large format plates are beautifully-printed larger versions of images in the book, and each is individually signed by McEwen.
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