A Monograph of the Genus Lilium (including 9 supplements).
London (1877-) 1880, 1933-1962. 2 volumes (first volume bound and the 9 supplements in wrappers). Folio (555 x 380mm). With 1 hand-coloured lithographed map, 1 photograph and 88 beautifully coloured lithographed plates (last 10 plates in colour lithography). Contemporary red half morocco, spine with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering and ornaments, supplements in publisher's printed wrappers.
"A work of the greatest interest and value to all Lily growers" (Great Flower Books 56). A very fine complete copy including the rare supplements. The work was issued in three separate and distinct stages, that is the 'Monograph' between 1877 and 1880, with 48 superbly handcoloured plates by W.H. Fitch, then the first seven parts of the 'Supplement' by A. Grove and A.D. Cotton between 1933 and 1940 and finally parts 8 and 9 of the 'Supplement' by W.B. Turrill between 1960 and 1962. The first 7 supplements, containing 30 superbly handcoloured lithographe; plates, were illustrated by Lilian Snelling. Parts 8 and 9 were illustrated by Margaret Stones. Fitch was an early proponent of lithography and his remarkable ability to capture the essential structure of a plant, and his facility as a draughtsman, enabled him to draw directly on the stone without preliminary studies. The present work is Fitch's most impressive achievement. H.J. Elwes (1846-1922) was a keen collector and first became interested in lilies on a visit to the Himalayas. He himself wrote the the text. Nissen BBI, 594; Great Flower Books, 56.
Item nr. 10008
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