Lot 306: Curtis (William). 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, are accurately represented in their natural colours, vols. 1-43 bound in 33 volumes, 1793-1816, 1859 fine hand-coloured engraved plates (two uncoloured), including many folding, generally in very good clean condition, all bound in handsome near-uniform contemporary full tree calf, gilt decorated spines, the first ten volumes slightly rubbed and lightly darkened to spines, the final volume in contemporary half calf with vellum outer corners (slightly chipped to extremities), together with volumes 53-65, 67-100, 102-106 & 108-118, 1826-1892 (lacking only vols. 66, 101 & 107), containing 4445 (of 4664) fine hand-coloured engraved or lithographed plates, occasional minor spotting (generally in very good condition), mostly bound in contemporary half calf, some volumes rebacked, two volumes bound in original cloth with some wear, spines generally rubbed with wear or slight loss to one or two volumes, plus a further 47 bound volumes of the same work, 1894-1983 (lacking vols. 121, 136-138, 141, 143, 149-153 and 157-162), bound in a mixture of contemporary half calf, original wrappers or cloth and four volumes in half morocco, and four index volumes (1817, 1828, 2 copies, and 1956), the first containing the engraved portrait of the author, contemporary calf half calf or quarter morocco, all 8vo Nissen 2350. Henrey 472. A substantial and near complete run of Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 147 volumes, the first 115 volumes of which contain 6304 coloured plates. The plates continued to be hand-coloured up to 1948, with the exception of the period 1909 to 1919 when the illustrations appear largely uncoloured. (147)
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