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SWEET, Robert.

The florist s guide, and cultivator s directory;

containing coloured figures of the choicest flowers, cultivated by florists.

Stock Code
101014
London, James Ridgway, 1827
£9,000

'Born at Cockington near Torquay, Devonshire, England in 1783, Sweet worked as a gardener from the age of sixteen, and became foreman or partner in a series of nurseries. He 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 Linnean Society. By 1818 he was publishing horticultural and botanical works.

He published a number of beautifully illustrated works on plants cultivated 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, 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

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Description

First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, 200 hand-coloured engraved plates by J. Watts after E.D. Smith contemporary red half morocco gilt, a fine set.

Bibliography

Nissen BBI 1925; Great Flower Books, p. 77; Pritzel 9080.

Stock ID:101014

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