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Furber, Robert
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Furber, Robert
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Furber, Robert

Twelve Months of Flowers.  Kensington: Robert Furber, 1730

Broadsheets (23  1/4  x 18 in.; 591 x 457 mm).  Engraved leaf of subscribers including title and dedication all within pictorial border of garden blooms, 12 finely handcolored engraved plates by Henry Fletcher after Pieter Casteels; minor marginal soiling.  Contemporary calf; very dry and oxidized, large old tear on upper cover, joints cracked.


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Provenance

Michael J. Kuse (his sale, Sotheby's New York, 20 June 2003, lot 12)

Literature

Dunthorne 117; Henry 734; Johnston/Cleveland 367; Nissen BBI 675;  Oak Spring Pomona 37

Catalogue Note

First edition of this sumptously illustrated nurseryman's catalogue.  The lush compositions contain over 400 different species of flowers which are grouped according to the month in which they bloom.  Each flower is numbered and keyed to a legend at the bottom of the plate so that customers could easily order what they fancied.  Although offered by subscription, the work is in the tradition of Sweert's Florilegium, both in its elaborate portrayal of flowers and in the fact that it was actually a catalogue of plants offered for sale by Furber.  For the depiction of flowers, Furber sought the collaboration of Pieter Casteels, an artist from Antwerp who had emigrated to England and who was celebrated for his paintings of birds and flowers.  Casteels' paintings were then engraved by Henry Fletcher, an artist well known for his reproductions of famous paintings and portraits.  Whether the catalogue successfully promoted Furber's business is unknown, but the catalogue itself went through numerous reprintings in the course of the eighteenth century.  Some plates were reversed during the engraving of new plates, and were heavily colored to hide the numbers, thus obscuring the work's practical intention while playing up its enduring, decorative aspect.

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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New York