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Nederlandsch Bloemwerk, Door een gezelschap geeerden. Amsterdam: T.B.Elwe, 1794.
4to, 280 x 220mm., original boards, backstrip worn, lower cover detached, light spotting to title; modern blue morocco-backed cloth box.
FIRST EDITION. Hand-colored engraved title by H.L.Myling, 53 hand-colored engraved plates.
A fine unsophisticated copy of 'a symbol and representation of the ascendancy of the Dutch nurseryman, the developer and dispenser of tulips, hyacinths, and auriculas at the end of the eighteenth century.' (Hunt). 30 of the delightful plates are close copies from Nicolas Robert's Variae ac multiformes florum species. ([?1660]). The plates include 14 named cultivars, and the work as a whole is a fine illustration of both the beginning of Dutch interest in bulbs as well as a period when the number of cultivars available (over 1000 of the double-hyacinth alone) was at its height.
Dunthorne 215; Great Flower Books p.47; Hunt 733; Nissen BBI 2219.
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