Sale: 328 / Rare Books, Nov. 19./20. 2007 in Hamburg Lot 23

 
James Sowerby - English botany, 36 Bde. 1790ff.


 
23
James Sowerby
English botany, 36 Bde. 1790ff.
Estimate:
€ 6,000 / $ 7,140
Sold:
€ 7,800 / $ 9.282

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Sowerby, J., English botany; or coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added, occasional remarks. 36 Bde. Mit 2592 kolor. Pflanzen-Kupfertafeln. London, J. Davies 1790-1814. Grüne HLederbände d. Zt. mit goldgepr. RTitel und RVerg. Gr.-8vo.
Nissen 2225. - Sitwell/Blunt S. 140. - De Belder 343. - Plesch Coll. 713. - Dunthorne 291. - Henrey 1366. - Jackson S. 233. - Erste und bis auf die sehr seltenen Supplement-Bände vollständige Ausgabe des bekannten Werkes mit den schönen Pflanzendarstellungen in zartem Kolorit. - "It is one of the most celebrate British floras, the chief reason for the work's success being the charming engravings by Sowerby. The author, Smith, whilst desiring such success was disappointed in the lack of notice taken of his descriptions which he hoped ... 'ha[d] very widely promoted a love of plants, and a taste for correct and scientific botany'." (De Belder) - Nur tlw. leicht stockfl. und wasserrandig, wenige Tafeln eng beschnitten. Einbde. tlw. etw. berieben und bestoßen. - Insges. schönes Exemplar mit Exlibris.
First edition. 2592 coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf with gilt spine. Except for the rare supplements, a complete set of the famous work. - Partly slight foxing, occasionally slight waterstaining, 2 plates tanned, few plates cropped close. Binding somewhat rubbed, edges here and there bumped. Overall fine copy.

23
James Sowerby
English botany, 36 Bde. 1790ff.
Estimate:
€ 6,000 / $ 7,140
Sold:
€ 7,800 / $ 9.282

(incl. 20% surcharge)