FURBER, ROBERT, [AND RICHARD BRADLEY].
The Flower-Garden Display'd in above Four Hundred Curious Representations of the Most Beautiful Flowers Regularly Dispos'd in the Respective Months of their Blossom. London: for J. Hazard, R. Montagu, W. Bickerton [and others], 1732.
Large 4to (254 x 200 mm). , 108,  pp. Title in red and black. Additional engraved title with integral hand-colored floral surround, 12 hand-colored plates by James Smith after Pieter Casteels. Period speckled calf gilt, rebacked. Ink stain to inner blank margin of F4 and final four leaves, inner hinges strengthened.
Provenance: early inscription "Warlies" (possibly Warlies Park House, Essex, England); MCR & CMR of Little Sutton (modern bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of this valuable and beautiful record of garden flower varieties from the early 18th century. The plates are the same compositions as Furber's Twelve Months of Flowers re-engraved on a smaller scale: on each plate the individual plants are numbered and identified in the table at the foot of each plate, the letterpress text then gives some more information about each plant, together with instructions about their cultivation. The text is thought to be by Richard Bradley. Apart from the beauty of the plates, this work is also valuable as a contemporary record of varieties that have vanished from cultivation. Dunthorne 114; Nissen BBI 677; Great Flower Books, p 80 (incorrect date); Hunt 493.