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A Description of the Genus Pinus, with directions relative to the cultivation, and remarks on the uses of the several species: also descriptions of many other new species of the family Coniferae . To which is added an appendix containing descriptions and figures of some other remarkable plants, and an account of the Lambertian herbarium
George White [vols. 1-2]; H. Weddell [vol. 3], London 1838 - 3 volumes, folio. (25 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Lambert, 103 plates (comprising 2 double-page uncoloured engraved plates [vol.II, Appendix nos. 7 and 8], 101 very fine fully hand coloured plates: engravings or lithographs, mostly watercolour over thin etched line and possible several entirely in watercolour), the engravings by Barlow, Mackenzie, Smith, Warner and Weddell after Bauer, Ehret, Manz, Smith and Sowerby, a few plates lithographed by G. Scharf, one after J. Lycett. Contemporary dark green morocco gilt by J. MacKenzie, covers with wide gilt borders, spines with raised bands in eight compartments, red morocco lettering pieces in the second and third, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Provenance: George Dunn (booklabel); George Dupont Pratt (bookplate) The best and most complete edition of Lambert's masterpiece: an important scientific monograph and an artistic triumph with spectacular plates after Ferdinand Bauer. This copy in a spectacular contemporary binding. This rare work is rightly acclaimed for its beauty, but also for the fact that each copy is unique, containing varying numbers of plates as well as original watercolours. Henrey notes that "in each edition there are great variations in the contents among different copies." The present copy is no exception, though appears to be similar to the copy in the Natural History Museum library in London (described by Henrey under her number 924) but with a variant imprint. In the present copy, there are plates with at least some printed outline, together with what appear to be pure watercolours with no printed base. There are a number of the plates which have details added in watercolour, and several that have outlines so faint that they give the appearance of being executed entirely in watercolour. The majority of the plates are after Ferdinand Bauer, who with his brother Franz "may well claim to be the greatest of all botanical draughtsmen. Their skill in execution of detail is miraculous, yet they never lost sight of the wood for the trees; everything is understood, balanced, controlled . The splendid illustrations to [the present work] . deeply impressed Goethe . The botanical draughtsman was no longer the mere recorder of floral beauty; he now had the more difficult task of serving both Art and Science" ( Great Flower Books, p.37). The earliest edition of Lambert's important monograph, though with the fewest number of plates, was published in two volumes between 1803 and 1824. It then appeared in various formats with varying numbers of plates, including the second edition, until the Bohn issue of 1842. The present copy should perhaps be considered as a variant issue of the second edition. This edition is in many ways the most desirable, as the addition of the third volume provides the full complement of plates, but with the significant advantage of the original watercolours. Great Flower Books (1990) p.111; cf. Henrey III, 922 and 924; cf. H.W. Renkema & J. Ardagh 'Aylmer Bourke Lambert and his "Description of the genus Pinus"' in Journal Linnaean Society London, Botany (1930) vol.48, pp.439-466; Stafleu & Cowan II, 4145; cf. De Belder sale lot 201. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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