Cistineae. The Natural order of Cistus, or Rock-Rose; illustrated by coloured figures & descriptions of all the distinct species, and the most prominent varieties, that couldbe at present procured in the Gardens of Great Britain; ...

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London, James Ridgway, 1825-1830. Royal-8vo (250 x 160mm). pp. xx, (4), with 112 fine handcoloured engraved plates and descriptive text. Contemporary red half morocco, spine with gilt and dark red rose ornaments, upper edges gilt.

He published a number of beautifully illustrated works on British garden plants

A superbly bound copy of this attractive work. The decorative plates are by J. & M. Hart and Miss Brown, engraved by S. Watts and Weddell. Robert Sweet (1783-1835) was a famous horticulturist, nurseryman and author. In 1812 he joined Colvills, the famous Chelsea nursery, and was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society. He published a number of beautifully illustrated works on British garden plants. Cistus species are upright evergreen shrubs, having mostly pink or purple flowers, which resemble roses.

Provenance: bookplate of Violet Howard 1897, with the following device amidst flowers 'Mes livres sont mes amis'

Great Flower Books, p. 77; Nissen BBI, 1922.