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British Phaenogamous Botany

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British Phaenogamous Botany: or, Figures and Descriptions of the Genera of British Flowering Plants

by William Baxter

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Very good set of this fine British flora, the first to rival James Sowerby's English Botany from 1791.

Complete with 509 hand-coloured copperplates engraved by Charles Mathews after botanical illustrations by Mathews, Isaac Russel (an Oxford glass painter) and William Alfred Delamotte. The plates were reputedly hand-coloured by Baxter's daughters and daughter-in-law.

George Claridge Druce in The Flora of Berkshire, 1897, writes, "The plates of this work, although of unequal merit, are in many cases very excellent and possess a special value, because each figure is drawn from an individual plant, the locality or origin of which is usually stated."

First issued in parts from 1832, and later in book form from 1834. This set states Second Edition, 1834, on the title page of Vol. I, but all other volumes are 1st edition: Vol. II 1835, Vol. III 1837, Vol. IV 1839, Vol. V 1840, and Vol. VI 1843.

Six volumes bound in 3.

William Baxter (1787-1871), was a British botanist, author, curator and head gardener of the Oxford Botanic Garden from 1813 to 1851.

In three-quarter green leather, gilt spines with five raised bands, cloth boards, marble endpapers, bookplates of A.E.B. Parsons, hinges cracking, but interior mostly clean and bright, plates with delicate hand colour, some pages lightly toned and slightly foxed.


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British Phaenogamous Botany
William Baxter
Charles Mathews, Isaac Russell, William Alfred Delamotte
Three-quarter leather, cloth boards
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Whittaker, Treacher and Co.
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Octavo, 22 x 14cm
engraving, British Phaenogamous Botany, William Baxter, flora, botanical illustration, Isaac Russell, Charles Mathews, English flora, copperplate engraving, flora, flower, art, science
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Tokyo-based bookseller specializing in European illustrated books from the 18th to 19th century, mainly botanical, zoological, costume and travel. Also Japanese ukiyo-e and woodblock botanicals, flower arrangement, etc.


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