ELWES, HENRY JOHN A Monograph of the Genus Lilium.
London: [Self-published], 1877-80; Together with GROVE, ARTHUR & COTTON, A. D. Supplement to Elwes' Monograph of the Genus Lilium. Part I-[VII]. London: Dulau & Co., 1933-40. One of 250 copies. And TURRILL, W. B. Supplement... Part VIII- [IX]. London: Royal Horticultural Society, 1960-62. Four volumes, the first two in three-quarters and full morocco respectively, the last two in publisher's wrappers. 21 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (54.5 x 37 cm); the first work with colored map, mounted photograph by Bourne, and 48 hand-colored plates; the Supplement, parts I-VII with 40 hand-colored plates by Lilian Snelling; and 10 lithographed plates in the Turrill supplements. Some scuffing to the first volume, which bears the Crewe Hall bookplate; light wear to the Dulau supplement (which is bound in full green morocco); the last two supplements with minor wear to the wrappers.
Published over the span of a century, the complete work, in all three stages, is scarce complete. Elwes was a redoubtable traveller, and a deeply skilled collector and botanist, who was more than capable of propagating the species with which he returned. First an ornithologist, after a visit to Sikkim (and, illegally, Tibet), his interests began to be more strongly botanical, culminating in the 1880 publication of the Monograph... The botanical portion of this work was by J.G. Baker; the remarkable plates were the work of W.H. Fitch. Nissen BBI 594; Great Flower Books p.56; Stafleu & Cowan 1664.
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