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Geraniaceæ The natural order of Gerania, illustrated by coloured figures and descriptions; comprising the numerous and beautiful mule-varieties cultivated in the gardens of Great Britain, with directions for their treatment. By Robert Sweet, F.L.S. author of Hortus Suburbansu Londinensis, Botanical Cultivator, &c. &c Vol I [II, III, IV].
London James Ridgeway 1820 - With 400 Hand-Colored Plates SWEET, Robert. Geraniaceæ. The natural order of Gerania, illustrated by coloured figures and descriptions; comprising the numerous and beautiful mule-varieties cultivated in the gardens of Great Britain, with directions for their treatment. By Robert Sweet, F.L.S. author of Hortus Suburbansu Londinensis, Botanical Cultivator, &c. &c Vol I [II, III, IV]. London: James Ridgeway, 1820-1828. Four (of an eventual five) octavo volumes. [x], [200], [5, index], [2, erata]; [iv], [200], [8, index]; [iv], [200], [10, index]; [ii], [200], [12, index] pp. Four hundred full-page hand-colored plates (100 plates per volume) engraved by S. Watts after E.D. Smith, each accompanied by a leaf of descriptive text. Bound in half calf over contemporary marbled paper boards. Rebacked, preserving the original spine that is lettered and tooled in gilt. Some minor offsetting and foxing in text (as is most often the case). Overall, a near fine set. Sweet (1783-1835), a well-known British horticulturalist at Stockwell and Chelsea and a fellow of the Linnean Society since 1812. "In 1810 Sweet entered as a partner in the Stockwell nursery, and when that was dissolved in 1815, became foreman to Messrs. Whitley, Brames, & Milne, nurserymen, of Fulham, till 1819, when he entered the service of Messrs. Colvill. While in their employ he was charged with having received a box of plants knowing them to have been stolen from the royal gardens, Kew, but was acquitted after trial at the Old Bailey on 24 Feb. 1824. In 1826 he left the Colvills, and till 1831 occupied himself almost wholly in the production of botanical works, while still cultivating a limited number of plants in his garden at Parson's Green, Fulham" (D.N.B.). The five volumes were published in parts over a period of ten years, and partial sets, such as this one, are not uncommon. Nissen, BBI, p. 178. Sitwell p. 141. HBS 64305. $10,000 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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