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The American Flora, or History of Plants and Wild Flowers; Containing a Systematic and general Description, Natural History, Chemical and Medical Properties of Over Six Thousand Plants, Accompanied with a Circumstantial Detail of the Medicinal Effects, and of the Diseases in Which They Have Been Most Successfully Employed. Attractive full red morocco gilt & 48 hand-colored plates.
New York: Strong and Burdick, nd 1846 - Vol 1 only (though no volume number(s) indicated anywhere), crown 4to (10” x 7½”), pp. (i –ii), 3, iv, 5-134 (of 137), (i), ii-iv index, hand-colored lithograph frontispiece, hand-colored lithograph extra title, 46 hand colored lithograph plates (with total of 68 images). The title page says “illustrated with sixty-six beautiful engravings”. The author was famously motivated by marketing considerations & thus counted each image on the plates as ‘engravings’. This copy has 48 plates including the hand colored frontispiece & the extra hand colored title. 22 of the 46 plates carry double engravings for a total of 68 ‘engravings’ (or 70 if you count the frontispiece & extra title). The text ends with p. 134 (of 137) but the index refers only up to p. 135 for ‘High Blackberry’, apparently lacking or never included, & has 4 pp. index following. Bennett, p. 103, notes “The first volume of the first 1846 edition calmly announces ‘6000 colored engraving by the author. The one volume actually has 50---including frontis and decorative title’. Bennett lists the 4 vols edition as 1848-50 ‘.with 240 hand colored plates.’ & mentions later editions through 1853. Nissen 1905 lists the 4vols edition as 1846-50 with one portrait & ‘195 lith’. There seem to be many anomalies with respect both numbers of plates and pages in the various issues of the editions from the several publishers form 1846 to 1853. There are two (2) trimmed hand colored botanical plates (with a small perforation & a tear) from another unrelated source laid in. Attractive later full red morocco in fine condition, back in six compartments, gilt lettered in the second, gilt center ornaments in the rest, all edges gilt. Sheets & 48 plates mostly very good with age toning, some minor stains & marginal imperfections, a few with light foxing. Two small erasures on the title page. H7510 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: J & J House Booksellers, ABAA]
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