PRATT, Anne (1806-1893); and William DICKES (1815-1892)
The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain
London: Frederick Warne & Co., [circa 1870]. 6 volumes, 8vo. (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches). 315 chromolithographed plates by William Dickes.
Contemporary green morocco backed green cloth boards, spines lettered in gilt, period brown endpapers, gilt edges
A lovely set with color plates by one of the most successful female botanical authors of the Victorian era.
"Her 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). In her lifetime, Pratt published more than 20 books, illustrated with chromolithographs, on which she collaborated with artist William Dickes. This edition of Pratt's magnum opus undated and with titles bearing both the Warne and Co. London imprint as well as the New York imprint of Scribner, Welford and Co.
Nissen BBI 1562; Stafleu & Cowan, TL2 8275; Kramer, Women of Flowers, pp. 157-163.