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SMITH, Sir JAMES EDWARD. [wrapper title:] Icones Pictae Plantarum Rariorum, descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae. London: J. Davis, 1790. 3 fascicles, folio, 500 x 310 mm., original blue wrappers uncut, upper wrapper of Fasc. II badly frayed and lower wrapper lost, other wrapper defects and repairs, folding plate soiled, some edges stained. FIRST EDITION. Text in Latin and English, 18 hand-colored engraved plates by James Sowerby, plate 6 double-page, each with engraved plate numeral.
Three species described and illustrated are of Cape plants, two are from Mauritius and others are from Jamaica. These illustrations are among James Sowerby's finest work.
Dunthorne 284; Henrey 1345; Hunt 715; Nissen BBI 1859; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 12.222. (3)
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