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The Botanic Garden parts XVI-XIX....
London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1841-1844. The collection comprises 46 separately issued parts in original wrappers, numbered 194-240, being complete parts XVI-XIX for the years 1841-1844; lacking one issue for October 1842, otherwise a continuous series each with a handcoloured plate illustrating four species followed by letterpress; beautifully preserved large paper issue preserved in a custom built folding case. Benjamin Maund (1790-1864) botanist and horticulturist, started out as apprentice to a printer and bookseller in Ludlow named Thomas Griffiths. In 1815 he bought his own business and moved to the High Street, where he prospered, combining his work as a printer and publisher with his passion for plants; at the rear of the business he had a large garden and was able to experiment with seeds and plants obtained from around the world. Clearly somewhat of a social pollinator himself, Maund worked in closely with master horticulturalists at the Birmingham Horticultural Society and similar associations. The publication of the Botanic Garden spanned the years 1825-1851.Each issue of the Botanic Garden contains three parts. The first is the Botanic Garden as such: a plate illustrating four species followed by letterpress descriptions of each. The second part is The Floral Register, another independent work issued serially and separately paginated. The third is titled The Auctarium of the Botanical Garden; containing miscellaneous information connected with the cultivation of a garden, and natural history.It was intended that each of these three parts would be assembled and separately bound when completed, evidenced by the inclusion of free-standing title-pages and index leaves for each part. This fact makes the survival of an almost complete run in original wrappers, such as this fine example, highly unlikely. The rear cover of each of the wrappers is a gardener's calendar, listing seasonal tasks and maintenance chores, and would have been discarded when the constituent parts were bound up. Not content with his already ambitious project, Maund added a fourth part to the publication commencing January 1843, being Professor Henslow's Dictionary of English and Latin Terms used in Botanical Descriptions. As the front wrapper indicates this was available as a large paper issue (1s. 6p.) and regular for a single shilling apiece. This collection here offered is an excellent example of the large paper issue.Maund was overwhelmingly successful in sharing his horticultural enthusiasm with a wide public, and enjoyed the support of none less than Queen Victoria. The plants included are primarily exotics from across Europe and beyond, including Nepal, Mexico, Siberia, Virginia, China, the Falkland Islands, and so forth. One Australian acacia, illustrated with a two page description, is included. The engraving and handcolouring of the plates is unusually good, with fine tone and colour gradation, and Maund's own daughters were actively involved in the process. Not all sets are coloured, as a loosely inserted advertisement announces that an uncoloured 'Gardener's edition' will commence from 1843. Of additional interest is a catalogue of some six pages bound into one of the issues, advertising plants available from the Handsworth nursery near Birmingham, J. Pope and Sons proprietors. Two of the rear covers are missing, and a few wrappers a little chipped; nonetheless a very fine set....
      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
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