9 June 2004
ELWES, John Henry (1846-1922). A Monograph of the genus Lilium. London: Printed by Taylor & Francis, -1880.
2o (552 x 380 mm). Wood engraved title borders, 46 (of 48) hand-colored lithographed plates by W.H. Fitch, colored map (lacking the photograph, plates 18 and 25). Contemporary green half morocco (hinges starting, a bit rubbed).
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 1962 with 40 plates by Lilian Snelling [see below]; 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., 1933-1962.
9 parts complete, comprising: 7 parts bound in one volume, 2o (552 x 375 mm) and two original parts, 2o (552 x 377 mm). Lithographed title-page and 40 colored plates. Contemporary green half morocco gilt, original wrappers bound in (some light wear); two original parts in original printed wrappers.
FIRST EDITION of the supplements 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. (4)
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