Nice set of 3 books in green calf leather with red title and number labels; illustrated with more than 230 chrome lithographs
|Año de publicación:||1865|
|Título del libro:||The flowering plants of Great Britain|
|Número de libros:||3|
Anne Pratt - The flowering plants of Great Britain - London, society for promoting christian knowledge, ca 1865 - 3 volumes - (X) 256; 247; 251 pp., illustrations are not paginated and the reverse sides are blank - 23 x 15 cm.
In good condition. Scuffs and bumps. Foxing on the flyleaves. Name and year are written in volume 1. Text block is (lightly)discoloured, some occasional stains and/or moderate foxing, particularly on the reverse sides of the illustrations and the pages before and after the illustrations. Each chrome lithograph (by William Dickes) has a protective sheet. An occasional light crease in some of the prints. Fresh colours. Approx. 4 cm tear in the top of the right joint of volume 1.
A large number of lithographs are shown, though not all.
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Anne Pratt (5 December 1806 – 1893) was a botanical and ornithological illustrator from Strood, Kent. The second of three daughters of Robert Pratt (1777–1819), a grocer, and Sara Bundock (1780–1845), Pratt was one of the best known English botanical illustrators of the Victorian age. Owing to poor health and a 'stiff knee' in childhood, she missed out on 'outdoor activities' and was encouraged to occupy herself by drawing. Anne Pratt was educated at Eastgate House, Rochester, and introduced to botany by Dr. Dods, a family friend. She moved to Brixton, London, in 1826, where she developed her career as an illustrator. She settled in Dover in 1849, then in East Grinstead in 1866, where she married John Pearless; they then moved to Redhill. Anne Pratt died in Shepherd's Bush, London.
Anne Pratt wrote more than 20 books, which she illustrated with chromolithographs on which she collaborated with William Dickes, an engraver skilled in the chromolithograph process. Her works were written in popular style but were said to be accurate, and are partly responsible for the popularising of botany in her day. From her first book, Flowers and Their Associations, her work sold well, but she never achieved critical acclaim, owing to prejudice against her on the grounds that she was self-taught. Her masterpiece is probably The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies the Club Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails, a six-volume project covering more than 1500 species, with 300 illustrations, that took over a decade to publish in full (1855–1873). This work had a remarkably long life as a standard reference work: the illustrations of ferns in the final volume continued to be used into the second half of the twentieth century, appearing, unattributed and in very much reduced in size and in half tone, in the Observer's Book of [British] Ferns.
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|Miembro desde:||18 Junio 2014|
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