Flora Londinensis; or, Plates and Descriptions of Such Plants as Grow Wild in the Environs of London, 2 vol. bound in 3, Printed for and Sold by the Author, 1777
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Flora Londinensis; or, Plates and Descriptions of Such Plants as Grow Wild in the Environs of London, 2 vol. bound in 3, engraved title with large vignette in volume 1 (repeated in volume 2 with volume numeral altered in ink), letterpress title in volume 3, 432 hand-coloured engraved plates by W. Darton, J. Sowerby and others after Sydenham Edwards, Will Kilburn and J. Sowerby, list of subscribers on one leaf, 2 dedication leaves, 2 indexes, occasional light spotting or toning, contemporary calf gilt, neatly rebacked in calf gilt with morocco lettering labels, slightly rubbed with some abrasions [Great Flower Books, p.54; Henrey III, 595; Hunt 650; Nissen BBI 439], folio (478 x 275mm.), Printed for and Sold by the Author, 1777
First edition of Curtis's Flora Londinensis, the most comprehensive English flora of the period, the plates of which "remain the finest illustrations of British plants ever published"(ODNB). This set has the plates arranged alphabetically under the Latin names.
Provenance: General Sir Moore Disney (1765/6-1846), bookplate.