BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE MORAL OF FLOWERS” THE SPIRIT OF THE WOODS, ILLUSTRATED BY COLOURED ENGRAVINGS
London : Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1837
First edition. 8vo (24cm). xvi, errata slip, 306pp. Twenty-five exquisite hand-coloured plates of tree specimens, with tissue-guards. Half-calf over ribbed forest-green cloth; original gilt decorations preserved on spine; repaired and likely re-backed; some signs of age and use; cloth bubbling on back cover, marks on cloth, rubbed extremities; top edge gilt; some spotting to preliminaries and waterstaining to back endpapers and pastedown; the colour-plates are vibrant, sharp and unmarked; previous owner signature on front free endpaper; a solid, still handsome first edition with beautiful plates.
A beautiful and scarce work by a Scottish woman, Mrs. Rebecca Hey, in which she considers the history and poetical associations of over thirty-six tree species. The superb hand-plates were drawn by the author from life and then expertly engraved by William Clark. A wonderful blend of poetry, art, botany and history.