London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
SOWERBY, James (1757-1802) and James Edward SMITH (1759-1828). English Botany, or Coloured Figures of British Plants. London: for the author, 1790-1814. Volumes I - XXXVI (of 41), 8° (233 x 138mm). 2592 engraved plates, almost all hand-coloured. (Occasional very light spotting, some 16 plates more heavily affected). Contemporary red straight-grained half morocco over marbled boards, flat spines ruled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed, spines a little faded). Provenance: Thomas Philip, Earl de Grey (bookplate).
A HANDSOME COPY OF THE COMPLETE SET, without the five supplements which were published between 1829-1866. Nissen BBI 2225; Henrey 1366. (36)
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