HENRY C. ANDREWS (fl. 1799-1830).
The Botanist's Repository, for new and rare plants. London: T.Bensley for the Author, 1797[-1808]. Volumes I-VIII only (of 10), 4° (270 x 208mm). Letterpress title to vol.I, index leaf in each volume, alpabetical index leaf to vols.I-V bound in at the back of vol.V. Engraved titles in each volume, 552 hand-coloured engraved plates by Andrews, some on a green printed base, 32 folding. (Occasional spotting or light offsetting of text onto plates, about 100 plates shaved with loss to numeration or imprint as usual.) Contemporary half russia (worn, spines lacking, covers detached). Provenance: Joseph Reynolds (book-label).
FIRST EDITION. The work was completed in ten volumes, containing 664 plates, in 1815. As the title suggests the work "made a contribution of lasting importance to the literature of botany and horticulture by providing records and means of identification of a great diversity of beautiful and interesting plants, many of them new to science." (Hunt). The text to the complete work was written by John Kennedy, Adrian Haworth and George Jackson. Dunthorne 8; Great Flower Books p.83; Nissen BBI 2382; Stafleu & Cowan 135. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return. (8)