pt. 14] Griffinia Hyacinthina

Mrs. Edward Bury (Nee Priscilla Susan Falkner)

Published by Robert Havell, 1831
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Mrs. Edward Bury (Nee Priscilla Susan Falkner). Aquatint engraving with original hand color from A Selection of Hexandrian Plants belonging to the Natural Orders Amaryllidae and Liliaceae Printed and published by Robert Havell, Jr. London, 1831-34. Paper size: 19 ½” x 25”. Condition: Very Good. This splendid image is from the only edition of one of the finest monographs of the period, particularly exciting for the large size of the engravings and the spectacular presentation of the subject. The team of Priscilla Bury and the engraver Robert Havell surpassed their own goal as eloquently articulated in the preface of the work, which they described as “an endeavor to preserve some memorial of the brilliant and fugitive beauties of a particularly splendid and elegant tribe of plants.” The success of Bury’s work definitely owes much to the contributions of Robert Havell, who is best known for having engraved and colored the first edition of Audubon’s stunning “Birds of America.” Produced concurrently with Audubon’s work, Havell also engraved and colored Bury’s “Hexandrian Plants.” Both the Audubon aquatints and the Bury work exhibit Havell’s mastery of line, tone and color. Widely regarded as one of the most affecting color-plate botanical works of the period, the freshness and energy of Bury’s “Hexandrian Plants” is as distinctive today as it was at the time of publication. The work is rare, with the original subscribers list indicating that there were only 79 complete sets produced, many of which have not survived to the present day. These splendid examples are particularly notable and unique for originating from Havell’s personal copy of the “Hexandrian Plants,” which he never trimmed or bound for publication, leaving the margins full and ensuring the fineness of the engraving and coloring. Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History. Volume 5, Page 71-75 DOI 10.3366/jsbnh.1968.5.PART_1.71, ISSN 0260-9541. Bookseller Inventory # gq1105f

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Title: pt. 14] Griffinia Hyacinthina

Publisher: Robert Havell

Publication Date: 1831

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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