ROBERT WARNER (1814-1896) AND BENJAMIN SANUEL WILLIAMS (1824-1890)
Select Orchidaceous Plants. [First and] Second Series. London: Taylor and Co for Lovell Reeve & Co, -1865-1875. 2 volumes, 2 (445 x 320mm). 79 HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPHS by and after J. Andrews and W.H. Fitch and printed by Vincent Brooks. (First few leaves of volume I with a few short marginal tears, some light spotting to endpapers.) Original publisher's cloth, covers blocked in gilt and blind, gilt edges (neatly rebacked, extremities lightly rubbed, repair across lower half of the introduction).
A clean copy of the first and second series of Warner and William's work on newly imported orchid species. The first series was published between 1862 and 1865 with 40 hand-coloured lithographic plates, but this copy has an apparently unrecorded title-page bearing the date 1874. In the introduction to the first series, dated 1865, Warner admits that the success of his project 'has far exceeded our expecations' and announces the appearance of a second series. In the preface to the second series he announces a third series, this was published between 1877 and 1891. The publication of this work reflected the burgeoning interest in orchids in the second half of the 19th century, an interest which produced a huge range of literature, of which fine illustrated productions such as the present work were part. Nissen BBI 2108; Great Flower Books p. 80. (2)