SOWERBY, John E. [with] PIERPONT JOHNSON, Charles. British Wild Flowers

 London, John E. Sowerby, 1860.


FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Frontispiece and 80 full-page plates hand-coloured, with 1600 different plants; 2 b/w plates. Illustrated by Sowerby; notes and introduction by Pierpoint Johnson. Dedication on recto of left endpaper: “R. F. Meysey Thompson / from / Aunt Emmie / (Emily Frances Thompson) / 6 Oct. 1884”. Insert headed paper slip, “Buckden House, Skipton-in-Craven, Yorshire”, dated “Augt. 23 1902”, with message for Mrs Meysey-Thompson by …. Heavily annotated throughout with scientific observations written in a neat hand at the very beginning of the twentieth century by early owner. Occasional newspaper cuttings of articles glued to blank sections, and dried plant specimens between pages. Contemporary half green morocco over marbled boards, marbled edges. Spine gilt in compartments. A little rubbed, joints slightly cracking. Very light spotting, plates clean and bright.