30 April 2008
PAXTON, Sir Joseph (1803-1865). Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants. London: Bradbury and Evans for Orr and Smith [vols I-II] and W.S. Orr & Co. [vols. III-XVI], 1834-1849.
15 volumes only (of 16), 8° (227 x 161mm). 695 hand-coloured engraved or lithographic flower plates by F.W. Smith or S. Holden, some heightened with gum arabic, and 6 engraved or lithographic plates of designs for gardens and ornaments, of which 4 hand-coloured. Vols II-XV with woodcut title-vignettes. Woodcut illustrations, some full-page. (Some light spotting, browning, and offsetting, some plates trimmed causing small losses, some with captions preserved by folding and folded, lacking all half-titles.) Contemporary purple half morocco, gilt spines, marbled endpapers and edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of one of the most popular and successful Victorian botanical periodicals. BM(NH) IV, p. 1534; Hunt B-P-H p. 699, no. 21; Nissen BBI 2351; Stafleu and Cowan 7554. (15)
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