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Select Orchidaceous Plants. With Notes on Culture By Benjamin S. Williams
London: Lovell, Reeve, & Co., 1862-65 - Folio. Original morocco grained green cloth, titles to front board gilt, all edges gilt, red-brown endpapers. Extremities lightly worn, mild spotting to prelims, small tear to centre of final leaf affecting 3 lines of text. A very good copy. 40 hand-coloured lithographic plates. First edition of the first series of Warner and Williams's richly illustrated large-format work on orchid species, one of "the most glorious iconographic orchid books produced during the height of orchid collecting in the nineteenth century" (Long, Flora Illustrata, p.8). The Florist and Pomologist was particularly pleased with Warner's work, noting that it constituted "a very handsome volume in every way suitable to be laid on any drawing-room table" of any lover of flowers (Hogg, 1867) and the success of the first series led to the publication of a second (1865-75) as well as a third series (1877-91). Great Flower Books (reprint) p.149. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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