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3 May 2007
FORBES, James (1773-1861). Pinetum Woburnesense: or, A Catalogue of coniferous Plants, in the collection of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey; systematically arranged. London: 1839. 8° (270 x 190mm). Lithographed frontispiece after Lady Charles Russell, 68 hand-coloured engraved plates by E.S. Weddell, including 56 double-page, many heightened with gum arabic (frontispiece spotted, text lightly browned, light spotting, occasional light offsetting from plates). Contemporary green cloth, leather lettering-piece (cloth split at head and tail of spine, rubbed). Provenance: Almindelig Dansk Gartnerforening Bibliothek (library stamp on front endpaper, front and final blank, recto of frontispiece and title).
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES. Following the printing of his catalogue of willows at Woburn Abbey, the 7th Duke issued this catalogue of pines, 'systematically arranged' by his gardener, James Forbes. Through this publication the Duke hoped to encourage fellow horticulturalists and land-owners to cultivate 'this truly valuable family of trees'. BM(NH) II, p.592; Nissen BBI 641.
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