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29 Aug 2019 16:30 GMT

Benjamin MAUND (1790-1863).

Flowering Plants with instructions how to cultivate and rear them ... selected from "Maund's Botanic Garden"

Published: Bell & Daldy, London, [undated but 1871]

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Benjamin MAUND (1790-1863).

Flowering Plants with instructions how to cultivate and rear them from seeds, cuttings and layers also their names, classes orders, history, and qualities selected from "Maund's Botanic Garden" and illustrated with accurately coloured plates.

London: Bell and Daldy, [undated but 1871]. Quarto (8 15/16 x 7 1/8in; 226 x 181mm). Pp. [i-ii; 1-96]. 12 hand-coloured engraved plates (each with four subjects). (First gathering with lightly bumped foremargins, a few light spots, otherwise excellent).

Original green grained cloth, the covers with beveled edges, upper cover and spine blocked in gilt, dark brown endpapers (extremities slightly bumped, some very light soiling).

Provenance: Grace Murray (a Christmas gift, inscribed twice 'from M. Eadie Dec 25th 1871', and with a 'compliments of the season' scrap mounted on the front free endpaper).

A beautiful and surprisingly rare work - just three copies are listed by OCLC. Benjamin Maund had completed publication of his 'Botanic Garden' in 1851. His ‘magnum opus’ it included beautiful and highly-detailed small scale images (4 to a plate) by a number of the most important botanical artists of their day: including Mrs. Edward Bury, the artist of "Hexandrian Plants"; Miss E. Maund; Miss S. Maund; E.D. Smith and Mills.

The present work is made up from remaindered sheets of both text and plates from the original work, with a newly printed title page and a new attractive binding: an attempt to cash in on the lucrative 'Christmas Gift Book' market perhaps? The rarity of this work suggests that the attempt was not a success?

OCLC 183013731 (Chicago Botanic Garden copy, acquired from the Mass. Hort. Soc.); 613712878 (John Rylands Library in Manchester, England; University of Aberdeen). 

  • Binding Condition: Acceptable
  • Overall Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 8 15/16 x 7 1/8in; 226 x 181mm
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