The Florist’s Guide, and Cultivator’s Directory. London: James Ridgway, July 1827– March 1832
FIRST EDITION, 50 parts, 8vo (254 x 165 mm., uncut except nos. V & XXXVII), letterpress titles to nos. XXV and L (Volume 1 and 2, respectively) with systematic indices, multiple advertisements inserted, 200 hand-coloured engraved plates (numbered 1–200) by J. Watts after E.D. Smith (199) and William Prest (1), stab-stitched publisher's printed paper wrappers, housed in two folding cloth cases, green morocco labels, light offsetting to text from some plates, marginal soiling to plate 1, minor foxing to 25 & 37, some scattered wear and minor soiling to wrappers, particularly to no. I, wrappers to parts V and XXXVII in facsimile
SCARCE ORIGINAL PARTS of Sweet’s practical guide to the cultivation of many of the most beautiful flowering plants then available.
Each plate shows a single variety and is accompanied by text giving a taxonomic description and instructions for the plant’s cultivation. The work displays a bias towards the tulip family and includes 61 "biblomen" or multicolored varieties. Also included are carnations (19), "picotees" or dianthus (14), pinks (18), ranunculus (38), "Georgianas" or dahlias (6), auriculas (27), polyanthus (2), hyacinths (7), and roses (8). Not included, of course, are any cistus (or rock-roses) or geraniums, both of which were dealt with by Sweet in two earlier monographs.
In addition to the present work, Sweet was author of Hortus Suburbanus Londinensis, London: 1818; Gereniaceae, London: 1820–1830; The Botanical Cultivator, London: 1821; The British Warblers, London: 1823; The British Flower Garden, London: 1823–1829; Cistineae, London: 1825–1830; Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, London: (1826)–1827; Flora Australasica, London: 1827–1828; and in conjunction with H. Weddell, British Botany, London: 1831.
Cleveland Collections 930; Dunthorne 296; Great Flower Books, p. 143; Nissen BBI 1925
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.