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Pratt, Anne. Wild flowers. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (pr. by R. Clay), 1853–55. 16mo (14.2 cm, 5.59"). 2 vols. I: iv, 192 pp.; 96 col. plts. II: viii, 192 pp.; 96 col. plts. $300.00
Illustrated guide to common English wildflowers, written and drawn by one of the most popular botanical artists of the time. Pratt supplied two pages of text description, incorporating both folklore and basic scientific information, to accompany daintily rendered drawing for each flower; the => 192 plates were carefully and thoughtfully hand-colored.
These volumes are early appearances, following the original printings of the two volumes in 1850 and 1852, respectively; the first volume here is dated 1855 and the second 1853.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC 2P24404. Contemporary pebbled red cloth, covers with embossed arabesque frames, spines with gilt-stamped title and volume number; spines and extremities lightly rubbed with spine gilt dimmed, front cover of vol. I with small dark spots, vol. I cocked and vol. II slightly so. Vol. II with small ticket of binder S. Curtis on front pastedown. Occasional minor spots of foxing, pages and plates overall pleasingly clean. => Attractive AND informative. (40812) Please RESHELVE This.
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