Lot 199

Curtis (William)

Flora Londinensis, FIRST EDITION, 2 vols in 3, vol 1 with engraved title-vignette, dedication leaf, list of subscribers and index, general index in vol 2, 119 hand-coloured engraved plates only, of 454, after the work of Sydenham Edwards, William Kilburn and James Sowerby, with letterpress descriptions, occasional spotting, light browning, slight offsetting, a little staining in a few places, a couple of text leaves loose, new additional end papers, ownership note to flyleaves, modern brown morocco, marbled end papers, [Great Flower Books p 54; Henrey 595; Nissen BBI 439; Stafleu TL2 1286], folio, the Author, 1777-[98] (3) [sold as a collection of plates and not subject to return] 

*** The most comprehensive English flora of the period, the plates of which “remain the finest illustrations of British plants ever published” (ODNB).

Estimate: £500-£700