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Ten (i.e. Forty) Lithographic Coloured Flowers
1826 - ANONYMOUS.Ten [i.e. Forty] Lithographic Coloured Flowers with Botanical Descriptions. Drawn and Coloured by a Lady.Edinburgh: David Brown (R.H. Nimmo, lithographer), 1826-[1828].Four parts in one.First edition of this splendid celebration of flora, boasting 40 magnificent, hand-colored botanical plates—"a delightful work, very carefully drawn and colored An early example of the successful use of lithography," a beautiful copy from the library at Hawthornden, the ancestral home of an original subscriber as well as celebrated Scots poet William Drummond. Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full straight-grain morocco gilt.This collection of brilliant, detailed botanical plates instructs British gardeners in the history, cultivation and chief virtues of 40 varieties of flora, from the Two-Colored Begonia ("This magnificent Plant when grown to perfection, is a most ornamental one") to the Common Jasmine ("There is an elegance in the Jasmine, which added to its fragrance, renders it an object of universal admiration"). The splendid lithographs, accompanied by often enjoyably effusive commentary, also depict such flowers as the Splendid Sage, the Side-Saddle Flower, the Middlemists Red Carnillia ("the greatest ornament of the Green-House"), the Large-flowered Trumpet Flower ("magnificent, elegant and highly ornamental worthy of a place in every Conservatory"), the Mexican Tiger Flower ("Nothing can be more superb"), the Three-Colored Crane’s Bill and the American Crinum. This work, executed by an unkonwn artist but "delightful [and] very carefully drawn and colored [and] an early example of the successful use of lithography" (Dunthorne 19), appeared in four fascicules of ten plates each over a period of two years, sold by subscription.Twyman, Early Lithography I, 131. Not in Nissen, Plesch or De Belder.A fine copy, beautifully bound, with a notable provenance traced back to an original subscriber. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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