Joseph Dalton Hooker, W. J. Hooker
Hooker, Joseph Dalton; Hooker, W. J. (Editor).
Illustrations of Himalayan Plants Chiefly Selected from Drawings Made for the Late J. F. Cathcart Esq. of the Bengal Civil Service.
London: Lovell Reeve, 1855. Hard Cover. First Edition. According to Patrick M. Synge in Great Flower Books, p. 101, "Contains probably the finest plates of Magnolia Campbellii and Meconopsis simplicifolia ever made..." iv, , 24 colored plates. An exquisite hand-colored title page and 24 hand-colored plates. Brown cloth-covered boards with spine that has been re-backed, considerable scuffing and staining given its age, corners bumped with cloth losses and cardboard revealed at each. Light spotting to title page which is also hand-colored, light red pen mark at top of title page 2" in length, page has also been mis-folded at time with some minor creases. Foxing to endpapers front and rear. All 24 plates by botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch based on the Cathcart's drawings are intact and crisp, colors unbelievably vibrant, a whisper of age toning at edges of each plate as is to be expected. Minor spotting here and there on the text leaves as well as some foxing on tissue guards, with small tears as well. The following plates have additional spotting beyond what is normal for a volume of this age: Plate IX has a 1/2" tear at foredge, 7-3/8" from foot; Plate XI light staining upper right corner; Plate XVI light staining at edges; Plate 25 light foxing, transference from tissue guard page. Volume is contained in an appropriately designed custom clamshell box made by the bookseller's in-house bindery. (Great Flower Books (1990) p. 101). Very Good.
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