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Lot 76

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
Sold For: £4,400

Flora Londinensis: Containing a history of the plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrated by figures of the natural size, a new edition, enlarged by George Graves and William Jackson Hooker, 5 volumes, Henry G. Bohn, 1835,
647 hand-coloured engraved plates after Sydenham Edwards, William Kilburn, James Sowerby, George Graves and William James Hooker, some offsetting and occasionally heavy from plates to descriptive letterpress leaves facing, scattered minor spotting, first letterpress leaf of volume 2 near-detached, bookplate of the Daltry Library, Stoke on Trent to each pastedown and each volume with manuscript presentation note to front free endpaper 'Presented to the Rev. Thos. W. Daltry, MA, FLS, by the members of the North Staffordshire Naturalist's Field Club in grateful recognition of his long and valuable services as its Honorary Secretary', dated 22nd March 1877, and signed by William Molyneux (President) and G. Brunt (Secretary to the Testimonial Committee), the final volume with additional inscription by Bertrum Daltry, presenting it to the Daltry Library of the North Staffordshire Field Club, 7 September 1904, top edge gilt, contemporary red half morocco gilt over marbled boards, rubbed, spines darkened, folio (49 x 30.5 cm)
One of the most important British flora. This is virtually a new work, being a greatly enlarged edition of the Flora Londinensis with over 200 new plates added. The first three volumes contain the original 432 plates, but with the text rewritten by Hooker. The final two volumes are entirely new with plates mostly from drawings by Hooker, together with his own descriptions. This edition was published in 1817-1828, and reissued with new title-pages in 1835. Great Flower Books, Page 54, Henry 597; Nissen BBI 440 (incorrect plate count).

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