4 December 2014
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[DICKSON, R.W.] The New Botanic Garden. London: T. Bensley for John Stockdale, 1812.
2 volumes, 4° (292 x 236 mm). Half-titles. 60 hand-colored engraved plates by Sansom after drawings by Syndenham Edwards. (Occasional pale offsetting.) 19th-century calf gilt, edges gilt (worn, hinges starting, upper cover vol.1 detached). Provenance: Robert C. Sharp (bookplate on pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of this work, but the third appearance of Edwards’ plates, which were originally published in the Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening, 1805-1807, and which were also reproduced in The New Flora Britannica in 1812. “The plates are well coloured and many American flowers are included” (Dunthorne). Dunthorne 107; Great Flower Books, p.56; Nissen BBI 480; Pritzel 2622.
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