(London: Henry G. Bohn, 1841). 245 x 150 mm. (9 3/4 x 6"). Three volumes. FIRST EDITION.
Contemporary green half morocco with marbled boards, spine gilt with fruit motifs, raised bands, red and brown morocco labels, gilt edges. WITH 152 BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLORED PLATES (five folding) by C. M. Curtis and Mrs. Augusta Withers, engraved by W. Clark and S. Watts; volume I with a few plates containing supporting elements (foliage, twigs, etc.) left (purposely?) uncolored. Bookplate of Josephi Greene and that of Sir Thomas Neame on the pastedown and front free endpaper of each volume. Janson "Pomona's Harvest," p. 385; Sitwell & Blunt "Great Flower Books," p. 114; Nissen 1203; Benezit XIV, 1003. Edges and joints a bit rubbed, covers a little scuffed, a couple of minor marginal stains and occasional foxing (mostly on the paper guards and very rarely affecting leaves with text), otherwise all plates in fine condition, with particularly bright colors.
The self-taught son of a nurseryman, Lindley (1799-1865) was an eminent figure in his field, publishing several important botanical books and articles, editing botanical periodicals, being the guiding force in the horticultural society for many years, and holding the first professorship of botany in the University of London. In response to what he considered to be the exasperating difficulties of identifying plants by the Linnaean system of classification, Lindley devised his own method, happily named the "natural system," though unhappily somewhat less systematic than Linnaeus'. Although the present work, a reissue of "The Pomological Magazine" (1828-30) under a new title, catered more to the tastes of a popular audience than a purely scientific one, the contents reflect the author's customary attention to detail and interest in a wide range of plant characteristics. A marriage of both beauty and utility, each of the 152 splendid hand-colored plates features a finely illustrated fruit tree specimen accompanied by a succinct description of its origins, traits (including flavor), and advice about the best species for cultivation in British climates. (ST12886)
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