London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1834. eighth edition. 1/4 cloth. A Very Good Copy. Boards worn, corners bumped, text block solid. 12 mo. (10.16 x 17.78 cm). Repaired quarter cloth over black tooled calf boards. Gilt-printed black paper label on spine. Hand-marbled endpapers and fore-edge. Hinges repaired with dark blue binder's cloth. Soiled title page and first few leaves, faint offset to some of the otherwise brightly colored plates. xvi, 284pp, with 22 hand-colored engraved plates (21 plus pl. 2 in two parts).
Includes List of the Plates, Explanation of the Table of the Classes (Plate 2), Pronunciation of the Latin Names of Plants, and an Explanation of the Botanical Terms made use of in this volume.
Although anonymously issued- and later attributed to Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton- this is delightful work based on Sir James Edward Smith's English Flora was organized for children to teach the study of botany with the Linnaean classification system through a series of conversations between a mother and her son Edward. Nicely illustrated with 22 full page brightly hand-colored copperplate engravings of botanicals by Sowerby. Very Good. Item #7088