Description: FIRST EDITION, 7 parts in 3 volumes, 4to (319 x 235mm.), 352 lithographic plates, some double-page or folding, partially hand-coloured, nineteenth-century leather-backed marbled boards,
some foxing and staining, a few plates and leaves with marginal tears, a few repaired, some plates shaved catching image or caption, a few leaves short, binding rubbed at extremities
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Great Flower Books, p. 74; Nissen
BBI 1720; Stafleu
TL2 10.129; Stearn in
Cactus Journal, 7, pp. 33-44 and 66-85
Provenance: Warren H. Corning Collection, Horticultural Classics, book label; Cleveland Botanical Library, sale, Christie’s New York, 4 December 2014, lot 167
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