THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke. Conrad Loddiges, Sons.
THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke.
THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke.
THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke.
THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke.

THE BOTANICAL CABINET; Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from all Countries, with a short Account of each, Directions for Management &c, &c. The Plates by George Cooke.

John & Arthur Arch, John Hatchard, Loddi ges and Cooke, 1817 - 1821. 83/4 x 6 3/4", 22cm x 16.7cm, six volumes. These are the first six volumes of the 20-volume Botanical Cabinet, which continued to be issued yearly until 1833 by Loddiges, which was a leading plant nursery of England. The nursery had its gardens and hothouses at Hackney, at that time north of the city, and now a northern London borough. At the time that The Botanical Cabinet was being issued, the nursery was at the height of its quite amazing powers, receiving plants from around the world -- including the United States -- and operating immense hothouses for the cultivation of tropical plants. This set of six contains 599 of 600 hand-colored illustrations, one (a picture of a heath) presumably mislaid by the first printer or binder, not swiped by the stickly-fingered. The entries are meticulous in giving a plant's history and home territory. They have on occasion been criticized for spilling over into religious praise, but this affects only a minority of the texts explaining the plants, is not inttrusive, and is most vividly part of the period. The plant descriptions are interesting, brief, and couched in an editorial "we" that surely derives from assorted members of the Loddiges family walking around their nurseries conferring on notes. Volume 1 is somewhat more toned and browned than the following volumes, but all are remarkably clean, with no tears or reader's notes. Each volume is followed by a bound-in index for that volume, and volume 3 contains two addittional black and white plates showing the ground plan of the hothouses and a drawing of the steam apparatus used to heat them. The books were recently recased by Starr Bookworks in a specially-made marbled paper on boards (to mesh wiith the marbling on the books' edges), new endpapers, and with claret morocco spine titles. The armorial bookplates of William Turner hav been reinserted. Nissen 2228. Fine. Item #7104

Price: $4,750.00

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