FORBES, JAMES. 1773-1861.
Salictum Woburnense: or, a Catalogue of Willows Indigenous and Foreign in the Collection of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. [London]: 1829.
4to (284 x 189 mm). xvi, , 294 pp. Folding lithographed frontispiece printed on india paper and mounted; 140 hand-colored engraved plates after R.C. Stratford. Later half calf over marbled boards. Some foxing to frontispiece and title, final page toned, numbering stamp to first page of introduction, small withdrawn stamp to front pastedown, erasures/residue to inside covers and to title-page verso, binding corners rounded, light rubbing to joints, color plates very clean, untrimmed.
Provenance: Dr. Robert Graham (presentation inscription); Catherine Graham; H.S. Home Drummond of Blair Drummond (gift inscription dated 1895).
LIMITED EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY OF THIS RARE AND LOVELY MONOGRAPH ON WILLOWS, one of only 50 copies printed, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Dr. Graham, M.D. / From the Duke of Bedford." Robert Graham [1786-1845] was a medical doctor and a botanist who settled in Perthshire and superintended the flourishing Edinburgh Botanical Garden. His daughter gifted the present copy to the noted book collector Home Drummond 50 years after her father's death.
The frontispiece depicts "Johnson's Willow" a tree which Samuel Johnson never failed to visit when in the area. James Forbes was gardener of the Duke of Bedford, the successor of George Sinclair who formed the plan of a willow collection at Woburn Abbey. Nissen BBI 642; Pritzel 2960.