Lot 359: Chandler (Alfred) & William Beattie Booth. - Illustrations and Descriptions of the Plants which Compose the Natural Order Camellieæ...,
April 17, 2014
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: vol. 1 (all published), first edition, 40 hand-coloured plates (36 engraved, 4 lithographed) by Alfred Chandler, engraved by S. Watts and Weddell, heightened with gum arabic, some craquelure and minor abrasion to the gum arabic, occasional light offsetting, short marginal closed tear and repair to H1, some spotting to endpapers and title, remains of bookplate to front pastedown, contemporary half morroco, handsomely gilt, f olio, [Nissen, BBI 209; Dunthorne, 77; Great Flower Books, p. 80], John and Arthur Arch, 1831. Described by Wilfred Blunt as "handsome and rare", with magnificent plates after the drawings of Alfred Chandler "beautifully coloured with opaque pigments" (Dunthorne). Chandler based his drawings on examples of camellia grown in his fathers nursery in Vauxhall. The work exists in three states: uncoloured, coloured, or, as in this example, coloured and highly finished with gum arabic.