30 April 2008
STRUTT, Jacob George (1784-1867). Sylva Britannica; or, Portraits of Forest Trees distinguished For Their Antiquity, Magnitude, or Beauty. London: J.G. Strutt, 1822[-1826].
2° (534 x 360 mm). Etched frontispiece, dedication and 48 etched plates after Strutt on ordinary paper. (Very light spotting throughout.) Contemporary half purple morocco, gilt spine, marbled endpapers and edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Strutt was a landscape painter and etcher rather than a botanical draftsman, and so he excelled at depicting forest scenes more than tree anatomy. From 1824 to 1831 he exhibited studies of forest scenery, publishing the present work and Deliciae Sylvarum; or Grand and Romantic Forest Scenery in England and Scotland, 1828[-33]. Later he moved to Rome and produced landscapes of the Italian countryside. Nissen BBI 1907; Arnold Arboretum 671; Bradley Bibliography I 296.
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