The New Botanic Garden, Illustrated with One Hundred and Thirty-three Plants, Engraved by Sansom, From the Original Pictures, and Coloured with the Greatest Exactness from Drawings by Sydenham Edwards. Two Volumes.
by Edwards, Sydenham.
John Stockdale, London: 1812. An adaptation of the "Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening", published serially 1805-1807. Overall light wear, occasional faint foxing to text and very light offsetting to a few plates. A very handsome wide margined set, internally bright and clean with exceptional plates. Sixty exquisite hand-coloured, copper-engraved plates after Sydenham Edwards. Period calf edged in triple gilt fillet and blind floral roll, respined to match. 11.75 x 9.25 inches. After a young Sydenham Edwards made copies of drawings from Curtis's 'Flora Londinensis' a teacher thought them so good that he brought them to the attention of William Curtis himself, the founder of the 'Botanical Magazine'. Curtis then arranged for Edwards to to study art in London. From 1789 onwards Sydenham Edwards executed nearly all of the drawings for the 'Botanical Magazine'. He often accompanied Curtis on various excursions so that the drawings could be made from live specimens. (Inventory #: Embry 189799)