CURTIS, WILLIAM. Flora Londinensis: containing a History of the Plants indigenous to Great Britain, illustrated by figures of the natural size.... A New Edition, enlarged by George Graves, F. L. S. and William Jackson Hooker, LLD., F. R. A. and L. S. London: Henry G. Bohn [1817-1828] 1835.
5 vols., large folio, 482 x 292 mm., contemporary green half morocco gilt, marbled paper sides, t. e. g., other edges untrimmed, joints slightly cracked, lower board edges worn, lower compartment of backstrip of vol. V supplied, some offsetting and browning at extreme front and back of each volume and mostly affecting text only, one blank corner of text leaf supplied and one cracked platemark repair on verso, both in vol. V.
SECOND EDITION (published 1817-1828), second issue with Bohn's new titles dated 1835. 13 leaves of index at end of vol. V, 647 plate sheets containing 659 subjects, all engraved and hand-colored, after S. Edwards, W. Kilburn, J. Sowerby, G. Graves and W. J. Hooker.
A substantially new book, containing over 200 more plates than the 434 in the first edition of 1775-1798 and with rewritten text by Hooker. Flora Londinensis, despite its title, is actually the first color-plate national flora of England.
Great Flower Books p. 54; Henrey 597; Nissen BBI 440 (incorrect plate count); Stafleu TL2 1286.
Provenance: Christie's London, 23 February 1977, lot 211 -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London,27 April 1987, lot 87). (5)