18 December 2002
HOGG, Robert (1818-97) and Henry Graves BULL (1818-85). The Herefordshire Pomona, containing coloured figures and descriptions of the most esteemed kinds of apples and pears. Hereford: Jakeman and Carver, and London: Journal of Horticulture Office, 1876-1885.
2 volumes, 2o (378 x 282 mm). Errata slip after introductory text in vol. I. 77 chromolithographic plates by Alice Ellis, Edith Bull and W.G. Smith, printed by Severeyns of Brussels, 4 black and white plates depicting portraits of T.A. Knight and John 1st Lord Viscount Scudamore, and scenes of Knight's birthplace and the Cordon Pear Wall, text illustrations of cross-sections of fruit (some occasional pale spotting and light browning at edges, remnants of tissue guard adhered to plates 51 and 55). Contemporary red half morocco, spine gilt, edges gilt (some light wear to extremities). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1879; stamps).
FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE FINEST FRUIT BOOKS EVER ISSUED" (Great Flower Books, p.59) and "virtually an encyclopaedia of apples and pears" (Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona 82). Nissen BBI 294. (2)
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