1865. Philadelphia: Wm. Rutter & Co., 1865.
6 vols. in 5, roy. 8vo, 184; 180; 180; 206; 215 pp. With 277 hand-colored plates as noted below. Original de luxe binding of publisher's full brown morocco, covers richly blind-stamped, blind-stamped and gilt-lettered backstrips, gilt edges, collector’s modern bookplate in each volume. Joints lightly scuffed. Very occasional foxing to tissue guards or plates but generally a very clean fresh set.
§ Combined edition of this classic work of American natural history in the finest de luxe format. "It is no exaggeration to remark that it is the most complete work of its kind, and is a production of unrivalled interest and beauty." Sabin 48695. The plates, drawn for the original edition by the famous Redouté brothers and Pancrace Bessa, feature the leaves, berries, flowers, and nuts of trees from coast to coast. The Michaux volumes contain 156 hand-colored stipple engravings, and the Nuttall volumes contain 121 hand-colored lithographs, each showing the branch form, leaf, flower and fruit of the species. Michaux's work was actually carried out in the late 18th century, Nuttall's in the early to mid-19th century. Michaux was first published in France in 1817 to 1819; the first American edition combining the work of both authors was published in 1841-1852. This edition uses new stones for the Nuttall lithography since the originals were destroyed in 1856. Reese, Stamped with a National Character, 21. Item #106815