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Lot 1332: 3V Anne Pratt THE FLOWERING PLANTS AND FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN c1870 Antique English Botany & Horticulture Chromolithograph Botanical Plates
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain
Author: Anne Pratt - 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. [Courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Year: c. 1870
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: "[Pratt's] books constituted a major contribution to the advancement of flower study, especially among the general public. All of her books are well composed, with handsome, accurate illustrations" (Kramer).
Nissen BBI 1562; Stafleu & Cowan, TL2 8275; Kramer, Women of Flowers, pp. 157-163
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in half-leather with marbled paper covers and moderate external rubbing/scuffing concentrated at the edges. The hinges show some weakness and/or cracking. The text blocks are solid. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light foxing. This work is lavishly illustrated with 316 chromolithograph botanical plates by William Dickes.
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