ELWES, John Henry (1846-1922). A Monograph of the genus Lilium. London: Printed by Taylor & Francis, -1880.
2o (548 x 378 mm). Wood engraved title borders, 48 hand-colored lithographic plates by W.H. Fitch, colored map (lacking the photograph, plates 2 and 25 with tears crossing images, 25 with marginal repaired tear). Contemporary green half morocco (inner hinges repaired, a bit rubbed). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1881; stamps).
FIRST EDITION. Limited to 250 copies. The work was issued in 3 stages: the Monograph between 1877 and 1880 with 48 plates by Fitch; the first seven parts of the Supplement by A. Grove and A.D. Cotton between 1933 and 1940 with 30 plates by Lilian Snelling [see below]; and finally, parts VIII and IX by W.B. Turrill between 1960 and 1962 with 10 plates by Margaret Stones. The two final parts were available with the plates hand-colored (40 copies) or color-printed (960 or 500 copies). Elwes became interested in lilies on a visit to the Himalayas, and although he is disparaging of his qualifications (lack of formal training, etc.) the work as a whole includes nearly all of the lilies then known in cultivation. Nissen BBI 594; Great Flower Books, p.56; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1664; Tomasi Oak Spring Flora, p.397.
GROVE, Arthur and Arthur Disbrowne COTTON. A Supplement to Elwes's Monograph of the Genus Lilium. London: Taylor and Francis for Delau and Co., 1933-1940.
7 parts in one volume, 2o (545 x 368 mm). Lithographic title-page and 30 colored plates. Green cloth gilt, original wrappers bound in (some light wear). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Albert C. Burrage Fund (bookplate dated 1940; blinbdstamp on title).
FIRST EDITION of the first supplement to Elwes's monograph. Elwes was aware that discoveries in the Himalayan region would not cease, and the Supplement by his friend and fellow enthusiast, Arthur Grove, includes 25 newly-introduced Eastern Asiatic lilies, and for the first time the Genus Notholirion. Nissen BBI 594; Great Flower Books, p.56; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1664; Tomasi Oak Spring Flora, p.397. (2)