LAMBERT, Aylmer Bourke (1761-1842)
A Description of the Genus Pinus, with directions relative to the cultivation, and remarks on the uses of the several species: also descriptions of many other new species of the family Coniferæ
London: Messrs. Weddell, 1832. 2 volumes, octavo. (10 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches). Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of the author with integral engraved caption beneath incorporating hand-coloured Lambert family arms, 75 engraved plates (72 hand-coloured, 1 printed in green, 2 uncoloured, 11 folding) with at least 41 of these plates laid down onto backing sheets (as issued).
Expertly bound to style in red straight-grained half morocco over contemporary green/grey paper-covered boards, the flat spines divided into six compartments by single gilt fillets, lettered in gilt in the second, third and fourth compartments, gilt
Provenance: Edward Duke (armorial bookplate); William Russell Grace (1832-1904, armorial bookplate)
A fine copy of the first octavo edition of Lambert's great work on the pine trees of the world.
The earliest edition of Lambert's important monograph was published in two large folio volumes between 1803 and 1824. It then appeared in various formats with varying numbers of plates, including the present octavo edition, until the Bohn folio issue of 1842. Lowndes notes that the fine plates in the octavo edition are made up from "sections of some of the plates" from the larger folio work and new versions of other plates. The fine plates retain much of the power of their larger folio cousins. Stafleu tacitly agrees with Great Flower Books assessment of this book as one of the most bibliographically complex of all natural history works when he notes that "all copies show differences": this copy in addition to having three or four more plates than the accepted norm, is also (like the de Belder copy) without the appendix leaves which are found at the end of some copies. Irish-born William Russell Grace, co-founder of W.R. Grace and Co., was an American success story who rose from relative poverty to be one of the richest men in the country. He was also a noted philanthropist and served two terms as Mayor of New York.
Henrey III, 923; Great Flower Books (1990) p. 111; Harvard Catalogue of the Library of the Arnold Arboretum p.409; Lowndes II, p.1302; Nissen BBI 1126; Pritzel 5010; Stafleu & Cowan II, 4146.