J. Duke | The compleat florist, London, 1747, coloured plates, contemporary calf gilt
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The compleat florist. London: for J. Duke, to be sold by J. Robinson, 1747
8vo (232 x 136mm.), hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and title-page, 99 engraved plates, mostly hand-coloured, with a manuscript index by William Shenstone at back of volume, contemporary calf gilt, gilt edges, binding repaired with new lettering-piece
A collection of flower plates, reprinted from the 1740 first edition, containing a sentence of information about each plant, regarding propagation, growing conditions or mentioning the garden in which it is growing. In this copy the plates are arranged by flowering month rather than by plate number. The price of an uncoloured copy was 5 shillings, and a coloured copy cost 15 shillings; a manuscript note by C.G. Davies on the front flyleaf states that this copy was coloured by William Shenstone (1714-1763), the poet and landscape gardener, who also wrote the index.
ESTC N55522 (listing 6 copies); Henrey 568; Nissen BBI 554; cf. Hunt 391 (1740 edition)
William Shenstone (1714-1763), Leasowes, Worcestershire; Mrs Whitehead (the daughter of Richard Jago, a friend of Shenstone's); C.G. Davies (note on flyleaf)
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
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