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The Book of Hardy Flowers
London: R. Groombridge,, [c.1840]. Or, Gardeners' Edition of the Botanic Garden. 4 volumes, quarto (200 x 165 mm). Contemporary half vellum, smooth spine gilt tooled in 5 compartments, red and brown morocco labels, marbled sides, endpapers, and edges. 96 hand-coloured plates engraved by S. Watts after drawings principally by Edward Dalton Smith, displaying 384 flowers. Wear on extremities, slight foxing, light soiling. A very good set. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864), botanist and horticulturalist, "sought to share his lifelong passion [for flowers] by producing an interesting and useful publication affordable to everyone. Each monthly issue contained a plate with four engraved and hand-coloured figures of hardy ornamental flowering plants and eight pages of text" (ODNB). He did so through the publication of the Botanic Garden (13 volumes, 1825-1851) and the Botanist (5 volumes, 1836-42). He was driven equally by the opinion that "there was no work which precisely combined accurate scientific instruction with an occasional appeal to the imagination, and to the moral and religious feelings." (Blunt, 266).
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