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44 chromolith plates of Hawaiian Flowers 1885  

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Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands: Forty-Four Plates Painted in Water-Colours and Described by Mrs. Francis Sinclair, Jr.

Sinclair, Isabella


Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington


[6] leaves of text + 44 chromolithographed plates, each with printed text on facing leaf and blank interleaf. The plates are printed on heavy coated white paper, numbered in lower left, and with "Leighton Brothers, Printers" in lower right. 37x27.5 cm. (15½x10¾"), original mustard cloth pictorially stamped & lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. First Edition. Spectacular series of chromolithographs of flowers of the Hawaiian islands, called by Forbes "One of the most prized of Hawaiian books among collectors." In the preface, the author states: "The following collection of flowers was made upon the islands of Kauai and Niihau, the most northern of the Hawaiian archipelago. It is not by any means a large collection, considering that the flowering plants of the islands are said by naturalists to exceed four hundred varieties. But this enumeration was made some years ago, and it is probable that many plants have become extinct since then." Sadly, the last statement is much more true today. Forbes notes that "The book is an early example of a 'perfect binding,' that is, in which the leaves were glued to the spine rather than being sewn, with the result that unless the book has been subsequently sewn, both plates and text are often found loose." That is the case with the present copy - the contents are loose, but all present and complete. Forbes 3736; Nissen 1848.

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Some soiling and a few stains to covers, rubbing to extremities; else very good, plates bright, just a touch of finger soiling.

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