17 June 2003
SINCLAIR, Isabella [Mrs. Francis, Jr.] Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands. Forty-four Plates Painted in Water-colours and Described. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1885.
2o (368 x 268 mm). 44 chromolithographed plates after Sinclair by Leighton Brothers. (Title-page foxed, some occasional pale spotting.) Original pictorial cloth, the front cover gilt-lettered and -decorated (worn, inner hinges reinforced but weak). Provenance: Frederick W. Wickman (bookplate); Portland Garden Club (stamp on verso of front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. According to H. St. John in Pacific Science, 1954: "This is the first book with colour pictures of Hawaiian flowering plants... Even today it has more colour plates of Hawaiian plants than any other book." Great Flower Books, p.139; Nissen BBI 1848.
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