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Established in 1986 Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books specializes in the art of John James Audubon and the Art of Natural History from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.The collection focuses on fine and rare Natural History, Botany & Horticulture books and original hand-colored engravings and lithographs, books on Literary WomenBritish Culture and Private Presses.

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A Near Fine Four Volume Set, complete. Series I (Vols. I & II), Series II (Vols. I & II.) Octavo (7.75 x 10.75 inches, 197 x 273 mm). Original brown publisher's cloth with gilt lettering to cover and spine. Slight sunning and very minor cracking to spines, else sound. Dark Green coated endpapers.  Series I (Vol. I , 1878), Pp. 192 plus 48 Fine original large and showy chromolithographed plates by L. Prang & Co., Boston. Very minor offset to verso of plates, but as they were printed on a coated stock, the face of all of the plates remains fresh and clean, without faults. Series I (Vol. II, 1879), Pp. 200 plus 48 plates, in similar condition to Vol. I. Series II (Vol. l, 1880), Pp. 196 plus 48 fine plates. Series II (Vol. II, 1880), Pp. 204 plus 48 fine plates.Professor Thomas Meehan, Editor of the Gardeners' Monthly, which was to become Meehan's Monthly by the late nineteenth century,  satisfied American's burgeoning interest in domestic horticulture with this work, the first comprehensive presentation of the native plant species. This varied treatise, the first of its kind, was produced for a wide circle of gardeners, not the strict horticulturist or botanist, and is aptly  presented by American's venerable printing firm of L. Prang and Co. in Boston. The democratic medium of chromolithography is best utilized to illustrate the varied richness of the multitude of flowers, both wild and cultivated in America's 19th Century gardens and landscapes. The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects.
Meehan, Thomas.

Price: $1,495.00

A Near Fine Copy. Octavo ( 6.5 x 9.5 inches). Green embossed publisher's cloth with gilt emblem on cover and lettering on spine. Head and foot of spine softened, corners lightly frayed. AEG. Tidy owner's signature and location dated 1868 on prelim.  A fine reissue of Sowerby's classic work on British Wild Flowers, to which is now added a supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants by John W. Salter, ALS, FGS and the Ferns, Horsetails and Club-mosses by John E. Sowerby. Pp. xlix, 186, with frontispiece and 86 hand-colored steel engraved plates representing 1780 botanical specimens in  total. The richly colored frontispiece is a fine bouquet of Wild Flowers in the style of Jane Webb Loudon. The accompanying plates are vibrant and clear throughout, not pale as often the case with this type of wild flower compendium. A fine work by one of the Sowerby family, major contributors to the illustration and documentation of 19th-century British horticulture. British Wild Flowers Illustrated by John E. Sowerby. Described, with an introduction and key to the natural order by C. Pierpoint Johnson
Sowerby, John E., Johnson, C. Pierpoint.

Price: $795.00

Near Fine. Octavo (13.5 x 21.5 cm). Dark green quarter calf over marbled boards. Eight triple fillets and blind embossing on spine. Lacking labels. Boards rubbed, edge wear. Binding is tight. Former owner's signature on title page.  [i-iii] iv, [1] 260 pp, plus 12 hand-colored engraved plates. Soiling to top edge of frontispiece, all other plates bright and clean. Illustrating in both single and multiple compositions 40 botanical specimens on 12 engraved plates including  Dianthus, Dahlia, Pansy, Tulip.  A fine work on Victorian horticulture. In the early nineteenth century, botany and flower painting were popular and acceptable pastimes for accomplished gentlewomen, thus creating a desire for finely illustrated instructional manuals. As such, Britain alone witnessed the production of several botanical monthly magazines, and according to Wilfred Blunt in The Art of Botanical Illustration; among the more important works illustrated with colored plates is Joseph Harrison's Floricultural Cabinet. (1833-59). The work is intent on promoting floricultural knowledge with articles on the propagation and cultivation of the illustrated plants, extracts from related botanical periodicals and miscellaneous intelligence; a charming yet useful queries and answers section from subscribers of the Floricultural Cabinet.Joseph Harrison (1798-1856) horticulturist and writer, born in 1798 in Sheffield, Yorkshire was head gardener to the Right Hon. Lord Wharncliffe, Wortley Hall.  In 1833 Harrison was elected an honorary member of the Doncaster, Bawtry, and Retford Horticultural Societies and commenced publication of the Floricultural Cabinet. A monthly magazine; The Floricultural Magazine claimed to embrace everything useful in horticulture, natural history, and rural economy, and was an immediate success. (DNB), DeBelder, Blunt The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florist's Magazine March to December, 1833. Volume I
Harrison, Joseph.

Price: $495.00

Near Fine. Octavo (13.5 x 21.5 cm). Dark green quarter calf over marbled boards. Eight triple fillets and blind embossing on spine. Lacking labels. Boards rubbed, corners bumped, edge wear. Binding is tight. Two small sections of printed article on pruning roses attached to front pastedown and ffl.  [1] 308 pp, plus 14 hand-colored engraved plates.  Illustrating in both single and multiple compositions 40+ botanical specimens on 14 engraved plates including  Auricula, Tulip, Passiflora Elegans.  A fine work on Victorian horticulture. In the early nineteenth century, botany and flower painting were popular and acceptable pastimes for accomplished gentlewomen, thus creating a desire for finely illustrated instructional manuals. As such, Britain alone witnessed the production of several botanical monthly magazines, and according to Wilfred Blunt in The Art of Botanical Illustration; among the more important works illustrated with colored plates is Joseph Harrison's Floricultural Cabinet. (1833-59). The work is intent on promoting floricultural knowledge with articles on the propagation and cultivation of the illustrated plants, extracts from related botanical periodicals and miscellaneous intelligence; a charming yet useful queries and answers section from subscribers of the Floricultural Cabinet.Joseph Harrison (1798-1856) horticulturist and writer, born in 1798 in Sheffield, Yorkshire was head gardener to the Right Hon. Lord Wharncliffe, Wortley Hall.  In 1833 Harrison was elected an honorary member of the Doncaster, Bawtry, and Retford Horticultural Societies and commenced publication of the Floricultural Cabinet. A monthly magazine; The Floricultural Magazine claimed to embrace everything useful in horticulture, natural history, and rural economy, and was an immediate success. (DNB), DeBelder, Blunt The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florist's Magazine January to December, 1834. Volume II
Harrison, Joseph.

Price: $550.00

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