A re-issue, with superior colour and on better paper, of illustrations which were first published by R. W. Dickson under the pseudonym Alexander McDonald in A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening (1807).
Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819),was not just a talented and enthusiastic artist. He obviously possessed knowledge of plant anatomy and much of his work is amongst the best scientific illustrations of the day. His memorial within Chelsea Old Church reads, ‘As a faithful delineator of nature, few equalled, none excelled’.
Thick 4to., two volumes in one with continuous pagination, 503 pages, includes title-page of volume 2 (often lacking), 61 hand-coloured plates (including two numbered 19), the occasional spot and finger-mark to margins, otherwise very good, contemporary full maroon straight-grained morocco, with blind-stamped and gilt decorated panels to boards, gilt titles and gilt decorated spine panels, all edges gilt, replaced endpapers, else near fine and most attractive.
Nissen BBI, 479.
Stock ID: 95381