3 December 2010
THORNTON, Robert John (c.1768-1837). Temple of Flora or Garden of the Botanist, Poet, Painter, and Philosopher. London: 1812.
Large 4o (374 x 305 mm). Engraved color-printed and hand-colored frontispiece, engraved title on two leaves, vignette headpiece to first leaf, 28 color-printed and hand-colored engraved botanical plates. (Light browning and staining.) Modern half morocco.
FIRST QUARTO EDITION of Thornton's masterpiece, the majority of the images being reduced copies of the original large folio plates, but including one plate (Artichoke Protea by Quilley after Henderson) that is pictured here for the first time. The edition, according to Dunthorne, was published initially as fourth level prizes in the lottery that Thornton ran in an attempt to recoup the losses he had incurred during the production of the folio work. Dunthorne 302; see Nissen BBI 1955; see Stafleu & Cowan 14.283.
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