ROSCOE, MARGARET (née Lace). Floral Illustrations of the Seasons, consisting of representations drawn from nature of some of the most beautiful, hardy and rare Herbaceous Plants Cultivated in the flower garden, carefully arranged according to their seasons of flowering, with botanical descriptions, directions for culture, &c. By Mrs. Edward Roscoe, Liverpool...Engraved by R. Havell Jun. London: Published by and for R. Havell Jun....by Baldwin & Cradock, 1829-1831.
7 fascicles in one vol., 4to, 282 x 230 mm., contemporary dark green half morocco gilt, g.e. corners worn, a few text leaves foxed, some plate marks cropped not affecting subject, catching the caption on plate 42.
FIRST EDITION. Engraved title, letterpress title, dedication to William Roscoe, preface, 4 section titles (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and 55 fine handcolored engraved and aquatint plates by Havell after Margaret Roscoe's drawings on wove paper with J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermarks dated 1828, a few of the plates printed in blue, leaf of letterpress description for each plate. The sequence of plates in this copy is: 1-8, 17-24, 33-40, 49-55, 9-16, 25-32 and 41-5.
The author was William Roscoe's daughter-in-law and was better known as a botanical artist under her maiden name Margaret Lace. Robert Havell's exquisite engravings and aquatint demonstrate his mastery as a natural history illustrator. At the time of this small production he was deeply involved in the production of Audobon's Birds of America (1827-1838) and was also preparing Priscilla Susan Bury's Monograph on Hexandrian Plants (1831-1834).
Cleveland Collections 969; Dunthorne 266; Nissen BBI 1676; Pritzel 7763; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 9504.
Provenance: William Jocelyn Lewis Palmer, bookplate -- Robert de Belder.