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SA Auction #95 begins on 11 Nov 2021

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Thornton, Robert John

Thornton’s Temple of Flora

Published: Collins, 14 St Jame’s Place, London, 1951

Edition: Special edition

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Original engravings and the work describes by Geoffery Grinson with Bibliographical Notes by Handasyde Buchanan. Frontpiece and 11 colour plates, 24 collotypes in black and white, folio (435x310 mm), quarter brown calf with green paper sides, top edge gilt, light foxing on the endpapers, preliminary pages and page edge, the plates – all with tissue guards – are bright. No other English book of flower illustrations is more celebrated than this one. This edition of Thornton’s Temple of Flora has been designed and produced for William Collins, 14 St Jame’s Place, London, by George M. rainbird and Ruari McLean. The colour and collotype plates have been printed by Van Leer of Amsterdam and the text pages set in Monotype Perpetua and printed by Meyer of Wormerveer on Van Gelder mould-made paper. The binding has been executed at the London Craft Bindery of W.H. Smith and Sons. The wrapper design and label is based on that used for the rare original parts in which the Temple of Flora was issued. The label and the calligraphic title-page were drawn by Johan Brinkley. This Special edition on hand-made paper is limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 194. Signed by: Geoffrey Grigson, Handasyde Buchanan and William Thomas Stern (who supplied the botanical notes).
  • Binding Condition: very good
  • Overall Condition: very good
  • Size: folio (435x310 mm)
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