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Book Description

First Edition 1827-1828 Size 8vo, 25 x 15.5cm. Bound in period half green calf over green cloth, spine with gilt lettered leather title label and decoration. Binding solid, some corner wear. Lovely blue marbled endpapers. Beautifully illustrated with 56 Hand-Coloured Plates after Edward Dalton Smith, Complete. Each accompanied by a leaf of text. Very Good condition, occasional slight spotting / foxing.
Dealer Notes
Robert Sweet (1783-1835) English Botanist, Horticulturalist and Ornithologist.
Worked as a gardener from the age of sixteen & was associated with nurseries at Stockwell, Fulham and Chelsea. In 1812 he joined Colvills, the famous Chelsea nursery, and was elected a fellow of the Linnaen Society.
He published a number of beautifully illustrated works, with the fine plates mainly drawn by Edwin Dalton Smith (1800-1883) a Botanical artist, attached to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Scarce and Beautiful Australian Botanical Book, and the first to use live specimens for the illustrations, instead of dried plants or field sketches.
Author Sweet, Robert
Date 1827-1828
Binding Half Leather
Publisher James Ridgway, Piccadilly. London
Illustrator E.D. Smith
Condition Very Good
Pages 56 leaves.

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