HOOKER, JOSEPH DALTON. 1817-1911.
Illustrations of Himalayan Plants Chiefly Selected from Drawings made for the late J.F. Cathcart, Esq. of the Bengal Civil Service. London: Lovell Reeve, 1855.
Folio (491 x 359 mm)., iv,  pp; with hand-colored engraved title and 24 hand-colored engraved plates by Walter Hood Fitch from drawings by native artists. Contemporary cloth, rebacked, retaining original spine, floral endpapers, recent custom moire clamshell box. Minor foxing throughout, rarely affecting plates, a few plates with light, minor staining at the margins, plates bright, and largely clean.
FIRST EDITION OF HOOKER'S FINEST WORK, and "one of the finest flower books ever produced" (Lewis, Walter Hood Fitch: A Celebration). Hooker conceived the work as a tribute to the life and work of James Cathcart, who commissioned nearly 1000 drawings from "native artists" and had them sent back to England.
"Contains probably the finest plates of the Magnolia Campbellii and Meconopsis simplicifolia ever made as well as other important Himalayan plants" (Great Flower Books). Nissen BBI 910; Stafleu TL2 2973.