[COLOR PLATE] ROSCOE, MRS. [MARGARET LACE] Floral Illustrations of the Seasons consisting of ... the most beautiful and rare...
London: Robert Havell and Baldwin and Craddock, -1831. Period straight-grained purple morocco tooled in gilt and blind, spine in six compartments, silver endpapers, all edges gilt. 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.5 x 22.5 cm); engraved and printed titles, iv pp., with 55 very fine hand-colored plates engraved by Robert Havell Jr. after Mary Roscoe's drawings, each with accompanying text. Light binding wear, bound in part order (i.e. out of sequence) but complete, generally a very clean example.
Engraved by Havell, best known for his work on Audubon's birds, this work is quite uncommon complete. The coloring and engraving are extremely fine. Margaret Lace Roscoe was the daughter of the abolitionist, historian and botanist William Roscoe. Nissen (BBI) 1676; Dunthorne 266; Pritzel 7763.
C The James P. and Joan M. Warburg Collection
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