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    With 2,029 Chromolithograph Plates

    Sydenham Edwards. The Botanical Register: Consisting of Coloured Figures of Exotic Plants, Cultivated in British Gardens; With Their History and Mode of Treatment. London: James Ridgway, 1815-1847.

    Twenty-five octavo volumes consisting of volumes 1-12, 20-26, 28-33. This lot contains a total of 2,029 chromolithograph plates, measuring 5.75 x 9.5 inches, with some double plates measuring 9.5 x 12 inches.

    Custom cloth with gilt stamped spines. Each volume has all plates present with the exception of volume 28 which appears to be lacking plates 1 through 6. Lightly toned with some scattered foxing throughout. Overall, the volumes in this lot are in very good or better condition.

    Dunthorne, 108. Nissen, 2379.


    More Information: Sydenham Teak Edwards was the son of a schoolmaster and organist at Abergavenny. Having made copies of certain plates in Curtis's Flora Londinensis, they were seen by a Mr. Denham, and by him brought to the notice of William Curtis, the founder of Curtis' Botanical Magazine. Curtis was so pleased with their execution that he sent for Edwards to London, and there had him trained in botanical drawing. From 1798 onwards Edwards made nearly the whole of the drawings for the Botanical Magazine, and several for the Flora Londinensis. He accompanied Curtis on various expeditions, that the plants and animals they found might be drawn from life. His patron died in 1799, but Edwards continued to furnish the Botanical Magazine with drawings, and he also issued six parts of Cynographia Britannica, consisting of colored engravings of the various breeds of dogs in Great Britain. He also supplied the plates of a serial publication, New Botanic Garden, which began in 1805, was completed in 1807, and was reissued by a different publisher in 1812 with text, the title being altered to The New Flora Britannica. In 1814 Edwards left the Botanical Magazine over a dispute with new editor and started the Botanical Register, the text of which was at first contributed by John B. Ker Gawler, and later by John Lindley. Edwards died at Queen's Elms, Brompton, 8 Feb. 1819, at the age of 51.

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