24 June 2009
HENDERSON, Peter Charles (fl.1791-1829). The Seasons, or Flower-Garden: being a selection of the most beautiful flowers that blossom at the Four Seasons of the Year. London: R. Ackermann, 1806.
2o (330 x 273 mm). Hand-colored engraved frontispiece and 24 plates (some minor spotting not affecting the images). Contemporary black morocco gilt (rebacked preserving the original spine, corners scuffed). Provenance: R.C. Griggs (penciled initials on verso of front free endpaper); Woodwards Gardens (San Francisco 1866-1891, ink stamps on verso of some plates; (?)their sale San Francisco 6 April 1893).
FIRST EDITION, in which Henderson provides instructions for drawing and painting flowers, which had of late become a fashionable 19th-century form of amusement. Henderson illustrates the four seasons using six different flowers for each quarter of the year. Bridson & White C409; Dunthorne 126; Sitwell Great Flower Books, p.59.
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