4 December 2014
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SMILEY BROTHERS, INC, DBA MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE
SWEET, Robert (1783-1835). The British Flower Garden; Containing Coloured Figures & Descriptions of the Most Ornamental & Curious Hardy Flowering Plants, Including Annuals, Biennials, & Perennials; With Their Scientific and English Names.... [First series] London: W. Simkin and R. Marshall, 1823-1829. --The British Flower Garden (Series the Second). London: James Ridgway, 1831-1838.
7 volumes, 8° (230 x 145 mm). 712 hand-colored engraved plates (7 folding) by Weddell, F.W. Smith, and others after E.D. Smith, J. Hart and others. (Some light spotting or offsetting.) Later green half morocco, spines gilt, edges gilt (some light rubbing, a few hinges starting).
FIRST EDITION. Robert Sweet was born and raised in the West Country and served his apprenticeship under his half-brother James in the gardens at Ham Green, residence of Richard Bright. He was subsequently gardener to John Julius Angerstein at Woodlands. From 1810 until the mid-1820s he worked as a nurseryman at various locations near London, being elected a fellow of the Linnean Society in February 1812. After 1826 he devoted himself almost entirely to botanical publications such as the present work. In 1831, he started a second series to this work; after his death in 1835, the publisher, James Ridgway, continued the work until December 1837. Cleveland Collections 872; Dunthorne 293; Great Flower Books p.77; Nissen BBI 1923; Stafleu-Cowan TL2 13.545. Sold as a periodical not subject to return.
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