1103. [Botany - Periodical]

EDWARDS, Sydenham

The botanical register: consisting of coloured figures of exotic plants, cultivated in British gardens with their history and mode of treatment.

London, J. Ridgway, 1815-1847

34 vol., 8vo: 2702 pl. (n.c., some spotting on text but not on pl., some offsetting).

Contemp. half calf, flat gilt-titled spines (spines discoloured and some damaged). Partly uncut and unopened copy.

First edition of this lavishly illustrated horticultural magazine, with 2702 hand-coloured plates, that ran from 1815 to 1847. It was founded by the botanical illustrator S. Edwards (1769?-1819), who edited 5 vol. in 5 years. During this period, the text was provided by John Bellenden Ker Gawler (1764-1842) and Edwards provided the paintings which were engraved and hand-coloured by assistants. After Edwards' death, editorial duties passed to the publisher J. Ridgway, who issued a further 9 vol. between 1820 and 1828. In 1829, John Lindley was appointed editor. A further 19 vol. were issued before the magazine was discontinued in 1847. In 1839, Lindley also issued an "Appendix to the first twenty-three volumes of Edwards's botanical register" (here present) which included "A sketch of the vegetation of the Swan River Colony" from his hand.
Ref. Pritzel 2621. - Nissen (BBI) 2379.
Prov. James Mast de Maeght (1943-2020), Belgian entomologist and botanist (mod. bookpl. in all vol.).

Hammer price: € 4.700

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