Woodland Gleanings: By the Author of "The Sentiment of Flowers." With Numerous Illustrations.

London: Charles Tilt, [1837]. Sm. 8vo, [iv], xl, 188, (4, index), (4, ads)pp. 64 hand-colored plates, with tissue guards. Original full green morocco, backstrip gilt-lettered and with five raised bands, covers bordered in blind, rear cover with gilt-stamped image of the "Cowthorpe Oak," gilt edges. Signed in ink on front free endpaper: "Frederick H. Ashworth / February 2d 1839." Front cover replaced with new near-replica in matching morocco & complimentary border with original pastedown; half title detached, color frontispiece lacking tissue guard; small stain affecting tops of a few tissue guards; overall a very good, copy of the de-luxe issue, well restored. First edition. The text of this appealing volume is more literary than botanical with numerous vignettes about famous trees; the boldly colored plates are very attractive. Issued in cloth and in this elegant morocco binding, buyers could choose between 64 color plates (as here), 32 color plates, or all plates uncolored. The reprints of 1838, 1853, & 1865 seem to have been entirely uncolored. OCLC locates just eleven copies of this edition. Freeman, British Natural History Books, 3799. Item #5793

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