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    With 1,770 Hand-Colored Botanical Engravings

    William Curtis. The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed: in Which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, Will be Accurately Represented in Their Natural Colours .... London: Fry and Couchman, 1787-1817.

    42 numbers and index in 19 octavo volumes. 1770 hand-colored engravings, of which many are larger, folding plates.

    Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards. Heavy damage to the bindings - three volumes with detached boards; one volume inexpertly repaired with new front board. All volumes reinforced with brown adhesive cloth tape to spines. Bookplates on front pastedowns - or the remnants of same, inelegantly removed. An internally sound set, although four loose signatures have been reinforced with brown paper tape, affecting the verso of four of the plates. Very mild foxing occasionally scattered throughout. Defects to the bindings aside, an overall very good set of this exhaustive and comprehensive compendium of pre-Victorian botanical lore.

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