Henry C. Andrews was an extremely talented and atypical botanical artist. Atypical in that he was not only the artist, but the engraver, colorist, and publisher in a times when most botanical artist were only employed to "draw plates." The Botanist's Repository were his first publication. The series was published in London in ten volumes between 1797 and 1812 and provided affordable images of plants to the growing population of amateur gardeners in Britain. Andrews images have a more artistic appeal compared to the more scientific presentation of rival publications. Decorative and colorful, Andrews' prints are a lovely representation of early nineteenth century botanical illustration and this volume is an excellent example of his work.
William Paul Crillon Barton (1786-1856), native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a physician and botanist who served in the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812 and subsequently worked as a professor of botany at the University of Pennsylvania. He knew and collaborated with many natural scientists throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. He had strong ties to members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Alexander Wilson, Thomas Nuttall, and others. His best known works were: Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States (1817-19) and Flora of North America (1821-23). This study of the names of indigenous plants found in a ten mile radius of Philadelphia contains indices in both volumes and those for "English and Vulgar names" most useful. This is a lovely and carefully produced set by Mathew Carey and his son Henry. $650
H.G. Adams. Humming Birds Described and Illustrated. With Eight Coloured Plates. Octavo. London: Groombridge and Sons, circa 1830s to 1840s. Hand colored etchings. 8 plates depicting 16 species. 144 pp. of text plus 6 ll. advertising. Pebble grain blind stamped boards with gold stamped spine. Octavo. Slight split at top of spine.
An exquisite volume depicting humming birds in the method used by the prolific Sir William Jardine who rendered illustrations of hundreds in his periodicals. Here is a discourse about hummingbirds and a selection illustrating some of the most popular species. One of the best known is the "Ruby-throated" as well as "Dupont's" and the "Ruff-Necked." Text pages are enhanced with wood engravings. A fine example of art and science combined for the professional and amateur natural scientists of the day. $350
H.G. Adams. The Language and Poetry of Flowers. 12mo. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1864. 272 pages; 6 hand-colored flower prints.
Henry Gardiner Adams (1811/12 - 1881) was an English druggist and chemist, with an interest in natural history. He published volumes on birds and their nests and eggs, on shells, and on botanicals, as well as biographical volumes. He also wrote children's books under the pen name "Nemo."
In this volume Adams compiled an anthology of prose and poetry about flowers, with six colored illustrations. $150
James Britten. European Ferns. London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., ca. 1880. Chromolithography by Vincent Brooks Day & Son Lith. Large octavo. Green cloth boards with decorative gold stamping. Original decorative end papers. Presentation label on inside front cover: "Exhibition of Works of Pupils of Schools of Design, Colony of Victoria, 1884". 30 bright chromolithographed plates and 108 wood engravings. Corners bumped and worn, front cover slightly shaken; else, very good condition.
A handsome and informative natural history with lovely chromolithographed plates. $575
B.H. Warren, M. D. Report on the Birds of Pennsylvania. With Special Reference to the Food-Habits, based on over Four Thousand Stomach Examinations. Harrisburg: E. K. Meyers, 1890. Second edition, revised and augmented. Large octavo. 3/4 green pebbled calf over green cloth; brown calf gold-stamped decorative spine with raised bands (refurbished), aeg. (ii)-(xiv), 1-434. Very good condition.
This handsome volume provides physical and behavioral descriptions of the many bird species found in Pennsylvania. The 100 attractive color plates are lithographs after J. J. Audubon's Birds of America. $325
J.G. Wood. Animate Creation; Popular Edition of "Our Living World," A Natural History. Folio. Bound in half leather with pebble grained buckram boards; gold stamping on spines and covers. New York: Selmar Hess, 1898. Interiors complete with few flaws and unusually slight browning. Tall, heavy volumes.
These fine natural history books offer a vast compendium of information from leading American biologists and an outstanding presentation of art depicting life on earth. The set has beautiful chromolithographs by Louis Prang and company mounted on separate pages, in addition to full-page wood engravings, and innumerable wood engravings throughout the text. Such works by American artists and scientists are quickly becoming scarce as those in less durable bindings have fallen apart and the prints appear for sale as separate entities. This attractive example of book publishing at the end of the nineteenth century is a tribute to American art and science.
Britain's Birds and Their Nests: Described by A. Landsborough Thomson. Illustrated with 132 drawings in Colour by George Rankin. Octavo. [i] - xxvii, 1-.340 pp. 132 plates. [with erratum slips for plates 94 and 100]. Edinburgh and London: Chambers, 1910. Lovely gold stamped publisher's cloth binding. Some slight bumps. Ref.: Zimmer, Ayer Ornithological Library, p.633. Mullens and Swann, Bibliography of British Ornithology, pp.579-80.
All plates are colored using screen printing and show each species of bird with a nest and egg for each. Arthur Landsborough Thomson (b. 1890) was a well acknowledged scientist from Edinburgh and Aberdeen and twenty years of age when this work was published. It is his best known work Rankin's illustrations later became very popular when some species appeared on cigarette cards. This is a fine, indexed compendium. $650
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