London, J. Davis 1797-1815.
4 parts in 3 folio volumes of: I/(28) ll. of text, 120 pl. out of text; II/(26) ll. of text, plates 121 to 240; III/ (46) ll., (13) supplement ll., plates 241 to 440. Pl. 81 crossed. Plum half-morocco, ribbed spines decorated with gilt fleurons, untrimmed, top edge gilt. 19th century binding.
335 x 215 mm.
First and unique edition of one of the most beautiful works on mycology illustrated with 440 plates delicately hand-colored at the time.
Henrey 1363 ; Stafleu 1250 ; Nissen 1874 ; Pritzel 500 ; Brunet, V, 468.
“440 coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms, with Descriptions; also a Supplement and Index. London, 1797-1809, folio, 32 nos. in 3 vols. The Supplement is often wanting”. (Lowndes, The Bibliographer, 2463).
“The original drawings and models for this work are preserved in the Botanical Department of the British Museum, S. Kensington”. (Jackson, B.D., Guide to the Literature of Botany, 244).
A beautiful copy, internally very fresh, complete with the rare and often missing supplement and with the 440 plates delicately hand-colored at the time.
Coming from the collections of Arthur and Stephen Middleton with ex-libris.