LINDLEY, JOHN. Collectanea Botanica; or, Figures and Botanical Illustrations of Rare and Curious Exotic Plants. London: Printed by Richard and Arthur Taylor for J. and A. Arch [and others], 1821 [-1826].
Folio, 418 x 280 mm., mid nineteenth-century dark blue half morocco gilt, gilt crest of the Earl of Derby on upper cover, t.e.g., minor binding wear to extremities, very occasional offsetting to text and on a very few plates.
FIRST EDITION. 41 engraved plates after Ferdinand Bauer, J. Curtis, M. Hart, W. and W.J. Hooker, B. Lawrence and J. Lindley, by C. Fox, S. Watts and Weddell, all but plate 41 colored by hand, plates 39 and 41 with two subjects, plates 26, 36 and 38 double page; the majority of subjects illustrated are orchids.
Dunthorne 181; Great Flower Books, p. 65; Nissen BBI 1199; Pritzel 5344; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4637.
[Bound at end:] BLUME, KARL LUDWIG. Flora Javae. Brussels 1828. A fragment comprising prefatory material (half-title, title, dedication, to the reader = [i*viii*], [i]-x) and part I Rhizantheae ([i,] -24), 6 double page plates, 3 of them colored. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 563.
Provenance: The Earl of Derby, Knowsley Hall, supra-libros (sale, Christie's London, 30 June 1971, lot 78) -- Robert de Belder (sale, Sotheby's London, 28 April 1987, lot 217.