Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus illustratae: SALISBURY, Richard Anthony (1761-1829) Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus illustratae: SALISBURY, Richard Anthony (1761-1829) Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus illustratae: SALISBURY, Richard Anthony (1761-1829)

Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus illustratae

SALISBURY, Richard Anthony (1761-1829)

Published by William Bulmer, London, 1791
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(21 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches). [6], 20pp. 10 hand-coloured engravings by and after Salisbury, being watercolour and gouache over thin etched line. Extra-illustrated with a duplicate of plate nine. Modern half black morocco over green cloth covered boards, spine lettered in gilt An extraordinary rare botanical work of great beauty. Richard Anthony Salisbury, botanist and botanical artist, was born Richard Markham. He was left a legacy by Miss Anna Salisbury to aid his botanical studies, on the condition that he change his name to honor the memory of her late brother. After completing his studies at the University of Edinburgh, he resided at Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, where he cultivated a large collection of plants. "Salisbury was an enthusiastic and accomplished botanist. He was a Fellow of the Royal and Linnean Societies and one of the Founders of the Horticultural Society of London" (Henrey). Dedicated to Banks, this privately-printed work was originally issued in two parts, each containing five hand coloured plates. According to the author's preface, he was assisted by James Sowerby. The plates are extraordinary, being watercolour and gouache over very thin etched line. That process, coupled with the absence of any text, plate numbers, captions, etc. on the plates, give them the impression of original watercolours. Indeed even the plate marks are barely visible to that end. The plants depicted, most flowering, include several North and South American varieties. The work is quite rare, with no other complete example appearing in the auction records for the last thirty-five years, with no copies in the famed botanical collection of Plesch or De Belder. Of the three copies examined by Stafleu and Cowan, two are incomplete. Johnston 607 (this copy); Nissen BBI 1719 (incorrecty calling for 20 plates); Stafleu-Cowan TL2 10.118; Henrey 1298. Bookseller Inventory # 29042

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Title: Icones stirpium rariorum descriptionibus ...

Publisher: William Bulmer, London

Publication Date: 1791

Binding: Broadsheet

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