PAXTON (JOSEPH)  Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, vol. 1-15 (of 16), Orr & Smith, 1834-1848, sold as a periodical not subject to return
Lot 186
PAXTON (JOSEPH)
Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, vol. 1-15 (of 16), Orr & Smith, 1834-1848, sold as a periodical not subject to return
Sold for £1,750 (US$ 2,341) inc. premium

Lot Details
PAXTON (JOSEPH)  Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, vol. 1-15 (of 16), Orr & Smith, 1834-1848, sold as a periodical not subject to return
PAXTON (JOSEPH)
Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, vol. 1-15 (of 16), 695 hand-coloured engraved and lithographed botanical plates after Frederick William Smith and Samuel Holden (some heightened in gum arabic, several double-page, tissue guards), 4 tinted lithographed ground plans, one uncoloured engraved plate, wood-engraved illustrations in the text, approximately 10 plates shaved just touching imprint or image, contemporary green half morocco gilt (volumes 11-14 taller with similar but variant spine decoration), g.e. [Nissen BBI 2351; Great Flower Books, p.85; Stafleu TL2 7544], 4to, Orr & Smith, 1834-1848, sold as a periodical not subject to return

Footnotes

  • The Magazine of Botany was illustrated with fine botanical plates, of which Paxton notes in his introduction to volume 10 "the Embellishments of this work has been brought as near perfection as it is possible to attain. It is, indeed, suggested by some of our friends, that they are too beautiful; and that the plants they represent are not ordinarily so handsome as they are here depicted. Such a view, however, is a mistaken one: it arises from a rule which we adopt in the choice of subjects for our drawings, and which is, to have them prepared, whenever practicable, from specimens that are very favourably grown... on account of the stimulus it gives to those who see our plates, to grow their specimens to the like excellence". From 1826 to 1858 Paxton was chief gardener at the Duke of Devon's Chatsworth Estate, establishing it as "the most famous garden in England... [and in the Magazine] he described many of his plants and innovations at Chatsworth" (ODNB).

    Provenance: M.A. Boothe, nineteenth century ownership inscription in each volume. See illustration on preceding page.
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