Boston, MA, James Munroe, New York, NY, George P. Putnam, 1848-1849. Two volumes in two. 8vo (23.5 x 15.1 cm). 460 (230; 230) pp.; 186 (100; 86) engraved plates. Original uniform black blind-stamped cloth. Gilt title on the spines. Yellow endpapers.
Rare and important, pleasantly illustrated flora of North America by the eminent American botanist Asa Gray (1810-1888). Nissen mentions only 180 plates. We, however, have 186, as called for. A few plates with contemporary hand-colouring, a few additional plant illustrations in light pencil on plate versos. Provenance: dated dedication on the front free endpaper recto ("to Prof. A. G. Wilson / from Rev. J. Rice / Scotch Grove / Iowa / Sept. 6 1888"). Rebacked, with most of the original spine covers preserved. The text of Volume I slightly toned as usual. Some foxing, rather strong on a few plates, a small indention or hole (hit by a bullet?) in the last few plates and rear board (the latter repaired). Nissen BBI, 749; Stafleu and Cowan, 2125.