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Paxton's Magazine of Botany. Volume 9 published in 1842.

Paxton's Magazine of Botany. Volume 9 published in 1842.

by Paxton, Joseph

Paxton’s Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants, Volume 9. Joseph Paxton.
Published by William S. Orr & Co, Paternoster Row. MDCCCXLII (1842).
The cover has green grosgrain covered boards and half roan spine with raised bands and gilt lettering. The cover is slightly rubbed but firm. Pages measure 23 x 16cm (9 x 6 ¼ inches)
The book is relatively clean throughout. Slight foxing, and slight damage to the top of a few pages, mainly towards the beginning and end of the book. Most of the colour plates are in fine condition except for the slight age-discolouration towards the edges of the pages that is usual with old books. There are 48 beautifully hand-coloured lithographs with tissue guards (one is missing & one is slightly adrift and a little creased. 3 illustrations have small creases towards the edge of the page, but the illustrations are in such good condition that any slight imperfections really don’t distract from their beauty.

279 pages of text, Latin Index, English Index, and List of Woodcut Illustrations that appear throughout the text. 6 lithographs are flowers of Australian plants that were sent as seeds to England where they were propagated. 6 lithographs are Orchid species. (A large part of the gardening advice concerns Orchids.) Many lithographs of spectacular flowers from South America. Advice for cultivation in England, including practical gardening advice for each month (for the northern hemisphere). Paxton refers to other “new and beautiful plants figured in the leading botanical periodicals” and “new or interesting plants now in flower at the principal suburban nurseries”

The brilliantly detailed, scientifically accurate, hand-coloured lithographs of ‘mainly new and uncommon plants’ are by Samuel Holden. The gloss of the flower or leaf is highlighted by painting with a little gum Arabic to give a lustrous finish to most of the illustrations. Paxton’s accompanying text usually included where the flower was first seen and identified.

Stock Number: Bb-Pax9Price: $1,800.00