The British Warblers.
An Account of the Genus Sylvia.
London, W. Simpkin and R. Marshall for the author, 1823[-29].
He published a number of beautifully illustrated works on plants cultivatd in British gardens and hothouses. The fine plates were mainly drawn by Edwin Dalton Smith (1800–1883), a botanical artist, who was attached to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His works include Hortus Suburbanus Londinensis (1818), Geraniaceae (five volumes) (1820–30), Cistineae, Sweet's Hortus Britannicus (1826–27), Flora Australasica (1827–28) and British Botany (with H. Weddell) (1831). He died at Chelsea, London in January 1835.
He was charged with receiving a batch of plants allegedly stolen from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. It was suggested that this was an attempt to frame him by an official at Kew whom Sweet had criticised. He was acquitted after a well-publicised trial.
Robert Sweet received high praise from his contemporaries at his trial and was described as possibly the first practical botanist.'
The British Warblers was issued in 1823 with only 6 plates but extended to 11 plates by 1828 and 16 plates by 1829.
8vo; 16 hand-coloured engraved plates by E.D. Smith and Weddell after Smith, some light offsetting from plates onto facing leaves, scattered light foxing, some browning at extremities, professionally restored marginal closed tear to pp24-25; later half red morocco, gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, overall a very good copy.
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