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"New and Rare Beautiful-Leaved Plants" by Shirley Hibberd, 1870 Botanical Book, with 54 Chromolithograph Plates! Published by Bell and Daldy, London 1870. This was the first book published that specifically focused on ornamental plants because of their leaves rather than their flowers. This is an exquisite book in beautiful if rubbed binding and marbled paper boards and edges. 144 pages with 54 fantastic chromolithographic plates, each protected by its own blank sheet. Each plate is ~ 9.5 x 6.5”. The condition is very good considering its age. The exterior is rubbed and missing some paper here and there. The interior has only minor foxing limited mostly to the first few pages. The condition of the plates ranges from excellent to fair. Two of the 54 plates have a child’s scribbles in pencil. There are a few other scribbles on other pages without plates. This book retails in the U.K for ~ $500 or more.
$350 Item# B-1
Revue Horticole v.II 1853. 24 Color Botanicals, published in Paris in 1853, text in French, this is the rare Revue Horticole v.II, a journal of practical agriculture. Original binding, binding and spine in good condition 5 x 8.5 inches. Prior owner’s name, B.M. Everhart, West Chester, PA is written and pasted in several times with dates from 1872 to 1883. There are 24 color plates included in this volume, with protective glassines and no text on the reverse, mostly flowers, with some fruits and vegetables. The text has some foxing and sepia toned stains. The condition of the plates range from poor to excellent, with the worse due to bleeding from the ink from the previous page. Pagination has errors (the French were not too careful), but the book appears intact. According to my searches, this complete volume is not available elsewhere!
$300 Item# B-2