4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
ELWES, Henry John (1846-1922) & Augustine HENRY (1857-1930). The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland. Edinburgh: Privately Printed, 1906-13.
7 volumes in the original 15 parts, 4° (320 x 255 mm). Color lithographed frontispiece in volumes I-V, photogravure frontispiece portrait of the authors in volume VII, titles within color lithographed border, 413 plates, comprising 371 photogravures of trees and 42 lithographic diagrams. (Scant spotting in some volumes.) Original pictorial grey wrappers printed in blue, edges uncut, housed in matching cloth-backed pictorial board folders with ties (some wear to extremities, a few joints chipping or with wear, volume numbers written in manuscript on spines).
FIRST EDITION of Elwes and Henry’s monumental work which described every species of tree grown outside in the British Isles at the time of publication. They sought to record the best samples available. Henry devised a system of identification based on leaves, twigs, and the position of buds to assist with identification, and Elwes undertook many journeys, both domestically and abroad, to study trees in the wild. Volumes I and II contain errata slips for missing plates (numbers 27 and 120, respectively) which are bound into later parts. Part V with a printed notice to subscribers explaining a delay in publication. Nissen BBI 595.
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