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MAUND, Benjamin.

The Botanic Garden

consisting of highly finished representations of hardy ornamental flowering plants, cultivated in Great Britain [With] The Fruitist and The Floral Register.

Stock Code
102881
LondonSimpkin & Marshall, 1825
£5,000

The Botanic Garden displays 4 images, equally divided, per plate thus the present set shows 1248 figures of flowers. The Fruitist shows a single figure of fruit within a printed ornamental border with description beneath (also within border).

Benjamin Maund (1790–1863) was a British pharmacist, botanist, printer, bookseller, fellow of the Linnean Society (1827) and publisher of The Botanic Garden and The Botanist. He served on the committee of the Worcestershire Natural History Society where he started a monthly botanical publication.

Starting in 1825, Maund produced The Botanic Garden from his press at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire. The 13 volumes of this periodical depicted with great delicacy ornamental flowering plants cultivated in the Royal Gardens and was dedicated to the young Queen Victoria. Eminent botanical artists, principally Edwin D. Smith, but also Maund's own daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, contributed to the work.

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Description

Complete set, 15 volumes including 3 supplements, 4to (230 x 180 mm), engraved titles, 310 hand-coloured engraved plates only (of 312), 13 additional engraved titles, engraved dedication to Queen Victoria in vol. III, some foxing and offsetting, vol. XIII lacking final 2 plates and accompanying text leaves; The Fruitist, 70 hand-coloured illustrations, lacking title, n.d.; The Floral Register, 2 parts in 1, wood-engraved illustrations, lacking title, [1825-51]; near uniform contemporary green half morocco (last 5 vols later bound to match first 10), gilt, all edges gilt, slightly rubbed.

Bibliography

Dunthorne 198 & 199.

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