The British Flower Garden; containing figures & descriptions of the most ornamental & curious hardy herbaceous plants, including annuals, biennials, & perennials; with their scientific and English names...
London, W. Simpkin and R. Marshall/ J. Ridgway, 1823-1838. 7 volumes (First and second series). Royal 8vo (232 x 150mm). With 712 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Later green half morocco, spines in 5 compartments with gilt lettering.
A rare complete set containing the first and second series. Robert Sweet (1783-1835) was a horticulturist, nurseryman and author. "In 1812 he joined Colvills, the famous Chelsea nursery, having been elected a fellow of the Linnean Society"(M. Hadfield, British gardeners p. 274). Sweet published several botanical works of which the present one is the most famous. The work came out in parts over a long period for which reason complete copies are rare. The first series contains 300 plates and the second series 412 plates. Of the first series the plates are by E. Dalton Smith, the second series are by various other artists. Special attention has been paid to the colouring of the plates which are all exquisitely handcoloured. A fine set. Dunthorne 293; Nissen BBI, 1923.
Item nr. 8680
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