8vo, 3 volumes, pp. I: [2 (blank l.)], xxvi, 290, [2 (blank l.)]; II: [2 (blank l.)], xvi, 748; III: xvii, [1 (blank l.)], 142; errata slip tipped onto inner margin of II, p. 696; colour-printed frontispieces in I and III, and monochrome frontispiece in II, 30 colour-printed plates, one folding monochrome plate, numerous illustrations in the text, some full-page; original grey boards, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, original black slipcase with paper title-label on upper panel, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, slipcase a little rubbed, title-label torn with small losses, nonetheless a very good, clean set.
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First edition. Henrey’s comprehensive and authoritative historical and bibliographical account of early British botanical works: ‘Blanche Henrey's elegantly printed British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (3 vols, Oxford, 1975) is [a] useful point of entry for research and is particularly valuable for information concerning historical publications on botanical gardens and seedsmen’ (J.L. Thornton and R.I.J. Tully Thornton and Tully’s Scientific Books, Libraries and Collectors, ed. A. Hunter (Brookfield, VT: 2000), p. 327).
E.B. Davis and D. Schmidt, Guide to Information Sources in the Botanical Sciences (Englewood, CO: 1996), p. 15 (‘This is a work of scholarship that has stood the test of time very well’).
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