The Wild Flowers of Great Britain – Botanically and Popularly Described with Copious Notices of their History and Uses – Volume V and VI (5 and 6)

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1869 and 1871 respectively. 225x150mm, unpaginated (approximately 200 pages), illustrated throughout with chapter head vignettes and lovely hand-coloured plates with tissue guards, bound in original cloth with ornate gilt stamp lettering and embellishement on the front cover and spine, and blind stamp embellishment on the rear cover. A good antiquarian pair: some slight balding of the cloth in parts, weakening of the front hinge and some splitting of the cloth at the spine, as well as fading and mottled wear of the spine. Internally, there is some very minor foxing of the far extremities, but by no means detracting from the overall impression that the set is bright and clean. Additionally noted: some penciling of the margins of the index. A beautiful antiquarian pair.

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Note: this set features 78 and 75 full-page colour plates respectively, with few woodcut vignettes at the close of text throughout. These plates are a numbered sequence, and the front of each volume features an index organised alphabetically by plant name. Volume VI has several numbering errors, both on the plates and within the index itself. Most of these are clearly transposed digits, however, there is a discrepency between the earliest numbered plate in the index and in the book. I can see no evidence that any plates have been removed, and the plates are otherwise complete and in sequence. As such, it appears likely to me that the faulty index is responsible.

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