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FURBER, Robert.

Twelve months of flowers.

Stock Code
89261
[London, 1730
£42,500


Rare complete set of what was essentially a ground-breaking and highly decorative flowers catalogue an incomparable record of the most sort-after types and varieties of flower that could be grown in temperate regions during the early eighteenth century. Here with fine hand-colouring.

In the early eighteenth century, the most important trade association for the purchase, sale, and exchange of plants and seeds was the Society of Gardeners. Its members would bring specimens to monthly meetings at a coffee-house in Chelsea for discussion and to standardise plant names. For reference purposes a selection of the plants might be drawn. This, combined with the wishes of clients to have notes on cultivation, led to the evolution of illustrated catalogues, often handsomely produced.

Of all the publications produced by members of the Society of Gardeners, that of Robert Furber (circa 1674-1756) displayed the most originality. His nursery, in Kensington Road near Hyde Park, was extremely

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Description

Twelve hand-coloured plates designed by Pieter Casteels and engraved by H. Fletcher, plus the Floral Calendar (13). Framed and glazed, overall size: 68cm by 55cm 3.5cm.

Bibliography

Dunthorne 113; Henrey 733; Hermitage Library, A Treasury of Books, 163; Nissen 674.

Stock ID:89261

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