Hardcover. London, J. Davis, 1st, 1791, Dust Jacket: None, 22 (of 24) handcolored plates preceeded by 22 pages of description. Bound in marbled boards with a linen spine and spine label. Missing plates 13 and 19. The flowering plant illustrations, executed by James Sowerby, are all bright and clean. Original blue-gray wrappers bound-in. First issued in 1792 (despite title page date of 1791, preface is dated May 1792).Previous owner's note (tipped onto front fly leaf and dated 1936) states this copy came from the Czar's Hermitage Library. No way to confirm this as there is no label or Double Eagle stamp.
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