James Avon Smith Auction Price Results
Lot 4048: James Sowerby Smith ENGLISH BOTANY COLORED FIGURES 1832-54 Hand-Colored Engraved Plates London Richard Taylor Horticulture Gardening
Auction Date: Oct 14, 2018
Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Title:English Botany, or Colored Figures of British Plants with Their Essential Characters, Synonyms, and Places of Growth
Author: James Edward Smith - Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.
Smith was born in Norwich in 1759, the son of a wealthy wool merchant. He displayed a precocious interest in the natural world. Smith was a friend of Sir Joseph Banks who was offered the entire collection of books, manuscripts and specimens of the Swedish natural historian and botanist Carolus Linnaeus, following the death of his son Carolus Linnaeus the Younger. Banks declined the purchase but Smith bought the collection for the bargain price of £1,000.
Between 1786 and 1788 Smith made the grand tour through the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland visiting botanists, picture galleries and herbaria. He founded the Linnean Society of London in 1788, becoming its first President, a post he held until his death.
Smith spent the remaining thirty years of his life writing books and articles on botany. A fruitful collaboration was found through descriptions Smith supplied to publisher and illustrator, James Sowerby. Depiction of flora in England had previously only found patronage for aesthetic concerns, but an interest in gardening and natural history saw illustrated publications reaching new audiences.
In 1797 Smith published "The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia," the earliest book on American insects.
Publisher: Richard Taylor
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 7 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Here is a gratifying copy of this landmark botanical work. Uniformly bound in full leather with gilt tooling, spine labels and raised bands, the binding work was performed by Smith & Son of Maidstone (paper label on front paste-down of Volume One). This is the seven-volume version of the much-celebrated original edition. The work is mildly abbreviated in this edition and produced in a format more economically approachable for purchase, than was the original.
The focal point of this work is the admirable, hand-colored engraved plates prepared by James Sowerby. The bulk of the leaves in each book are plates, with pages of textual explanation occasionally inserted, resulting in an estimated 1,553 plates in all. James Sowerby (1757 Ð 1822) was an English naturalist, illustrator and mineralogist. Celebrated published works include his detailed and appealing plates. The use of vivid color and accessible texts were intended to reach a widening audience interested in works of natural history.
Condition / Notes: This handsome set shows very well. All spine labels are present and the gilt remains vibrant, with some age/wear concentrated at the extremities and high points. The bindings are all secure with cracking to some hinges in the last three volumes. The pages are clean and bright with a limited amount of foxing and occasional offsetting.
This set was apparently assembled from mixed sources prior to binding. Volume One is from the second edition (1832) while the remaining volumes are from the third edition (1849-1854). Volumes One through Four bear an institutional stamp on the title page while Volumes Five through Seven do not have stamping. Volumes One and Two also have the same stamp on the first textual page. No other institutional markings are present and there is no stamping to the plates.
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Location: Freeville, NY, US
Auction House: National Book Auctions
Lot 200: RARE EARLY FIRE PUMPER - 1832 Classic New York Gooseneck Tub Pump Engine "Lady Washington", made by James Smith of New York for Engine Company No. 40 of Manhattan, name plate at front, maker's name on brass cap, with ..
Auction Date: Aug 27, 2016
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
Description: RARE EARLY FIRE PUMPER - 1832 Classic New York Gooseneck Tub Pump Engine "Lady Washington", made by James Smith of New York for Engine Company No. 40 of Manhattan, name plate at front, maker's name on brass cap, with lateral hand pump lever in iron and red painted wood, a fancy mahogany and oak case with gilt molding and a pump tower decorated with hand painted panels, the curved back depicting Victory laying a wreath of thirteen stars on a bust of Washington between his tomb and an eagle, a smaller flat panel on the front depicts Pocahontas staying the hand of her father Powhatan from killing Capt. John Smith, brass hose rest and fittings, blue painted oak 30" & 24" wheels with large brass hubs and red pinstriping, iron runner's tree for four men with hand loops and brake, filling lid at back, tin lined interior (tub) tank. 76" tall, excluding tree, includes box of wrenches. 166" long, 53" axles, fully restored. E 40 (vol) organized in 1812 on Mulberry Street moved to Elm in 1830, disbanded 1843; reorganized at Crosby & Broome Sts in 1853, disbanded 1865. The legendary fireman Mose Humphreys was a member of this company, they appeared in Currier & Ives prints.
Location: Thomaston, ME, US
Auction House: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Lot 205: SMITH (PLEASANCE, editor)- Memoir and Correspondence of the Late Sir James Edward Smith, 2 vol., 1832; and others (9)
Auction Date: Mar 25, 2014
Estimate: £200 - £300
Description: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late Sir James Edward Smith, 2 vol., portrait, Spencer Savage's copy with some interesting notes on the fly-leaves (e.g. "JES gives away a dupl. from Linn.'s library"), half calf, worn, covers detached, 8vo, 1832; and others (9)
Location: Kidlington , OFE, UK
Auction House: Bonhams
Auction Date: Sep 18, 2008
Estimate: $500 - $700
Description: JAMES AVON SMITH RCA (1832-1918)
CHAMPION YACHT "BRITANNIA."Watercolour heightened with white on paper laid on board, signed and dated 1899; titled and inscribed Owned by J.M. King Edward VII label frame verso.51.8 cm x 40.6 cm. (20 3/8 x 16 in.).
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Auction House: Ritchies Inc.