EDWARDS, JOHN. The British Herbal, containing one hundred plates of the most beautiful and scarce flowers and useful Medicinal Plants which blow in the open air of Great Britain, accurately coloured from nature with their Botanical Characters, and a short account of their cultivation. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by J. Edmonson...and J. Walter, 1770.
Folio, 467 x 284 mm., contemporary English red half morocco and marbled paper boards, spine gilt tooled to a chequered design and with green morocco gilt-lettered label, board edges and corners worn, upper cover abraded and the joint just cracked, plate 1 with small tear not touching subject, some showthrough on the plates.
Second Issue (the first, under the title Edwards' herbal was issued in monthly parts between 1769 and 1770; a third issue: A select collection of one hundred plates was published in 1775). 100 handcolored engraved plates by J. Edwards, Ferner, W. Darling and I. Fougeron after J. Edwards.
Many flowers on Worcester porcelain of the period are directly inspired by Edwards's work. "An outstanding folio volume" -- Henrey.
Dunthorne 104; Great Flower Books, p. 56; Henrey II, p. 17 and III, no. 675; Nissen BBI 578, Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1624.
Provenance: Lord Braybrooke, bookplate.