London: Published by Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange; and Joseph Onwhyn, Catharine Street, Strand, 1830. Three-Quarter Calf. Scarce extra-illustrated copy of this work on English writers on gardening and landscape design (in effect, a bibliography). Demy 8vo (224 x 134mm): xxxviii ,221,pp. Small, trimmed eighteenth-century portrait engravings, after Hollar, of John Tradescant the Elder and John Tradescant the Younger tipped in. Bound by Sizer (stamp to front paste-down) in three-quarter green-dyed calf over marbled paper-covered boards, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands, title direct in gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, Prussian blue end papers. Provenance: Francis Henry Cripps-Day (gilt armorial stamp to bottom of spine), early twentieth-century historian of arms and armor; Charles A. Ward (engraved armorial book plate to front paste-down). For the portraits of the Tradescants, see New Hollstein (German) 1430 and 1431. Spine faded to brown, else an excellent example, tightly bound and clean throughout. Near Fine+. Item #BB2475
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