A selection of 100 plates; consisting of the most beautiful exotic and British flowers which blow in our English Gardens, accurately drawn and coloured from Nature, with their Botanic Characters, and a short account of their Culyivation, their uses in medicine, with their Latin and English names.

Eur 22,000 / USD 24,200
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London, S. Hooper, 1775. Folio (420 x 265mm). pp. (2), 50, (2, index) with 100 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spine with red gilt lettered label in 7 compartments (spine with old skilful repair).

one of the most notable botanical English artists of the 18th century

First edition, second issue (first 1770). One of the most attractive English flower books. John Edwards became one of the most notable botanical English artists of the 18th century was born in 1742. "A fine work with many beautiful plates" (Dunthorne 104).
"John Edwards was an engraver and printer and ... famous English artists to specialize in the genre of flower painting. From the very beginning of his career he devoted himself to floral and ornamental subjects.... Thus John Edwards depicted the natural world from the perspective of the artist, revelling in its infinite variety of forms and colours, in a vision of Neoclassical elegance with a lingering trace of the Rococo" (Tomasi. An Oak Spring Flora p. 246). Edwards not only made the drawings for this work, but also etched and engraved the majority of the plates.

Great Flower Books p. 56; Hunt 645; Nissen BBI 578.