The Botanic Garden. The Third Edition. [with] The Botanic Garden. Part II The Fourth Edition.
London: Johnson, 1795-94. 2 vols. in one, 4to, xx, 218, 124, (2, directions to the binder, errata, ads); (1), viii, 200 pp. With a frontispiece to each volume, ten plates in vol. I and 8 in vol. II. 19th-century full calf a bit rubbed, some wear at corners; rebacked with remnants of original backstrip laid on and a red morocco label lettered in gilt. Light spotting and foxing as usual with crisp impressions of the Blake plates. Lacking the half-title to second part, but with directions to the binder in the first part. Very good. Best edition. 6 plates are engraved by Blake, the best known being Fertilization of Egypt and Tornado, both after Fuseli. The third edition of part one is the only edition to include the striking Tornado plate. Essick, William Blakes Commercial Book Illustrations, XXI. Bentley 450 C.
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