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

Woodland Gleanings: By the Author of "The Sentiment of Flowers." With Numerous Illustrations.
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London: Charles Tilt, (1837). Sm. 8vo, original full dark green morocco, backstrip gilt-lettered and with five raised bands, covers elaborately bordered in blind, rear cover with gilt-stamped image of the "Cowthorpe Oak," gilt edges, [iv], xl, 188, [4(Index)], [4(ads)] pp. 64 hand-colored plates, with tissue guards. Signed in ink on front free endpaper: "Frederick H. Ashworth / February 2d 1839." Front cover replaced with new near-replica in matching morocco & border but lacking oak image, with original pastedown; color frontispiece lacking tissue guard; dampstain affecting tops of a few tissue guards; overall a very good, fresh copy of the de-luxe issue, well restored. First Edition. The text of this appealing volume is more literary than botanical, and the highly attractive plates lack scientific precision; but the result is delightful. No wonder that the Magazine of Natural History (London; Volume I [new series] ([837], p. 270) recommended it "to those who have yet to select a work for their summer companion or friend." The book was issued in cloth and in this elegant morocco binding, and it appears that it was also issued with a choice of 64 color plates, 32 color plates, or all plates uncolored. The reprints of 1838, 1853, & 1865 seem to have been entirely uncolored. OCLC locates just seven copies of this edition, and COPAC adds two more. Despite the miniature size of the plates, many copies have probably been eviscerated by breakers. This copy was likely signed by Frederick Harold Ashworth (1822-1865), a barrister in Salford, Lancashire. [Freeman, British Natural History Books, 3799, a complete hash.) (Item Id: 5793)

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