Londres, W. Smith, 1841.
4to [272 x 217 mm] of X pp. for the title, the Latin and English list of chapters, the Latin and English list of plates, 270 pp. and 58 plates. Tiny foxing on the first and last 2 leaves. Without the half-title that is often missing.
Contemporary blue calf, floral gilt border on the sides, blind-stamped fleurons at corners, spine ribbed and decorated with gilt fleurons, plum-coloured morocco lettering-pieces, inner gilt border, gilt edges.
First issue of the 58 beautiful lythographs, retouched by hand, of Jane Loudon, dedicated to all bulbous plants that were flowering English gardens at that time. Brunet, III, 1185; Pritzel 5633.
Jane Loudon wrote in 1827 a novel « The Mummy » to help her father ruined by unfortunate speculations. John Loudon, one of the most important landscape gardeners at the time, wanted to know the author of the novel, who he married in 1831. Jane Loudon became the associate of one of the most important authors of gardening treatises whose works she edited, corrected and continued.
Jane Loudon took a big interest in pleasure growing and published several treatises that are very sought-after for their charming illustrations.
This beautiful edition, here in the first issue, dedicated to bulbous plants, is illustrated with 58 beautiful bouquets in wich the artist associates with skill some flowers described in the text.
All those beautiful lythographs, printed in warm and vibrating colouring, are skilfully retouched by hand.
The plates dedicated to irises, to absolutely sumptuous lilies, to daylilies, to amaryllises or gladioli are especially attractive.
A very fresh and beautiful copy of a sought-after work about English bulbous plants, in its pure original condition.