6149. Transactions of the Horticultural Society 6 vols.

Object description
WITH HANDCOLOURED LITHOGRAPH FLOWER PLATES. (6). Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London. Vol. I-VI (of 7 of the first series). London (W. Bulmer and Co.) 1812-28.

4:o (c. 270/280x210/220 mm. for the book block, binding about 295x230 mm.). 6 engraved titles with vignettes (partly foxed), 118 partly folding or doublepage lithographed plates, of which 62 coloured (partly handcoloured, all, minor foxing, some offsetting to text from plates, a few plates close cut in outer edge)
Contemporary red half calf bindings, slightly worn, gilt spines in four compartments, redspeckled edges. Minor foxing. 6 volumes.

Sitwell: Great Flower Books 1700-1900 (London 1990), p. 58, 160; Nissen: BBI, 2387.
A second serie in 3 volumes was published 1831-38. Plates of flowers, fruits, gardens etc.
"A word should be said about the Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London, published in two series between 1807 and 1848. As examples of fine periodical production or even as book production, they reached a very high, indeed almost a luxurious, standard, especially in their plates, while on turning the pages one realizes what a large number of interesting and extremely practical papers are contained therein" (Sitwell p. 58).