The Botanic Garden displays 4 images, equally divided, per plate thus the present set shows 1244 (of 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.
Complete set. 14 volumes bound in 13, 4to (21.6 x 17.5cm.), engraved titles, 311 hand-coloured engraved plates (only, of 312), 71 hand-coloured wood-engravings of fruit (only, of 72), without plate 312, and fruit plate 72, volumes 1-10 contemporary calf (volumes 8-10 rebacked), 11-13 original blind-stamped cloth gilt, foxing to titles, plates clean and fresh.
Buxton Library of Lord Monson, (armorial bookplate).
Dunthorne 198 & 199.
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