Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865)
Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and register of flowering plants. London: Bradbury & Evans for Orr & Smith (vols.I-II) or W.S.Orr & Co. (vols.III-XVI), 1834-1849. 16 volumes, large 8 (vols.I-XV: 230 x 165mm.; vol.XVI: 223 x 157mm). 717 hand-coloured engraved or lithographed flower plates by F.W.Smith or S.Holden, 28 folding or double-page, 6 plates of designs for gardens, numerous wood-engraved illustrations. (Some plates shaved with slight loss to image or captions as usual, some light spotting or browning, 3 plates and 2 leaves of text inserted from other copies.) Contemporary green half morocco gilt, spines with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with repeat pattern in gilt, g.e. (spines of vol.XIV-XVI faded).
A FINE SET IN AN ATTRACTIVE BINDING. The correct number of plates is not known with certainty, Stafleu and Cowan quote the New York Botanical Society copy (with 723 plates as per the present copy) but say that they "are not sure that 723 is the exact number of plates issued". Nissen calls for 768 plates (the pencilled note at the front of volume I of the present set repeats this figure). Nissen BBI 2351; Stafleu & Cowan 7554. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return.