IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
SALISBURY, Richard Anthony (1761-1829). Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus illustratae. London: William Bulmer, 1791.
2° (530 x 384mm). 11 engraved plates, with extensive hand-coloring in watercolor and gouache, including a duplicate of the ninth plate (the Begonia nitida). (Title with marginal soiling.) Modern half morocco (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Richard Anthony Salisbury, botanist and botanical artist, was born Richard Markham; his mother was Mary Lyte, sister of Dodoens. He was left a legacy by Miss Anna Salisbury to aid his botanical studies, on the condition that he change his name to honor the memory of her late brother. He had a garden at Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, and later owned Peter Collinson's garden at Mill Hill, and was secretary of the Horticultural Society London from 1805-1816. Of the 3 copies of his rare Icones Stirpium examined by Stafleu and Cowan, 2 are incomplete. RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only one copy of this work has sold in the last 35 years: Christie’s London, 17 March 1991, lot 94 (incomplete with only 5 plates and bound with two other works). Cleveland Collections 607 (GC copy this copy); Nissen BBI 1719 (calling for 20 plates); Stafleu-Cowan TL2 10.118.