LOTH, Clara (early 19th-century)
Histoire naturelle botanique [manuscript title]
[France]: 1816. 15 watercolors, each with an accompanying manuscript text leaf, plus watercolor and gold title leaf, on sheets approximately 14 1/2 x 11 inches.
Contemporary green morocco, spine gilt lettered, all edges gilt. Boards a bit scuffed, edges somewhat worn, spine faded. Occasional faint foxing.
A lovely album of botanical watercolours.
An exceptional album of fifteen botanical watercolors, which are accompanied by an expertly accomplished manuscript description within blue and gilt borders. Each image depicts a different class of plant life, while the text describes families of plants within that class. The images range from agarics (mushrooms) to ornate roses and camellias, and include watercolors of honeysuckle, blueberries, azalias, oaks, and marvels-of-peru. Every text leaf contains a detailed analysis of the different families of the depicted plant in a neat and legible French hand. A beautiful example of an amateur artist's book of botanical scholarship.