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The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florist's Magazine
London: 1833-50. Volumes I-XVII only (of 27) in 14 volumes, small octavo. (vols: I-X: 8 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches; vols.XI-XVII: 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches).11 engraved or lithographic additional titles (only), 204 (of 205) plates (including: 6 hand-coloured wood-engravings, 2 uncoloured wood-engraved plans [1 of these folding], 73 coloured lithograph [most hand coloured], 163 hand-coloured engravings [6 of these folding]), numerous advertisement leaves, some on coloured paper, bound into a number of the early volumes. (Vol. X without a letterpress title, lacking the final plate in vol.XVII). Non-uniform bindings: vols. I-X in later brown half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, original coloured paper wrappers bound in; vol. XI- XVII in contemporary brown half calf over marbled paper-covered boards by Deighton of Worcester, England, spines gilt. A substantial run of this significant 19th-century English horticultural journal. The first ten volumes of this set are particularly interesting: the happy decision was taken to retain all of the advertising material sent out with the original parts. Much of this is from nurserymen and includes lists and price lists of varieties that in many cases will now no longer exist. Harrison was evidently a reknowned grower of Dahlia tubers and this is reflected in the presence of a disproportionate number of dahlia lists in amongst the advertising material. The engraved, wood-engraved, or lithographic plates of flowering plants issued with each monthly magazine are nearly all hand-coloured. At least one (and sometimes two) of these detailed, and colourful images were included in every issue. In addition to the handsome plates, the magazine provided a wealth of information for 19th- century English professional horticulturists as well as a developing audience of amateur gardeners. In addition to the illustrations of specific plants, individual issues included short articles on various species, extracts and reviews of recent publications, announcements of newly discovered and rare plants, and "miscellaneous intelligence" such as queries, remarks, brief correspondence, corrections, and a horticultural calendar for the month. Founded and edited for two decades by Joseph Harrison, a horticulturist who had served as head gardener to Lord Wharncliffe at Wortley Hall near Sheffield, the journal was published in twenty-seven volumes under the title The Floricultural Cabinet and Florist's Magazine between 1833 and 1859. It was succeeded by The Gardener's Weekly Magazine and Floricultural Cabinet (volumes 1-7, published between 1860 and 1865, were edited by his sons J.J.and E. Harrison) and then The Gardener's Magazine (volumes 8-30, 1865-87,was edited by Shirley Hibberd). Joseph Harrison also edited a number of other horticultural and garden journals. BM (NH) p.788, 639.
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