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Drawings of British Plants

Being Illustrations of the Species of Flowering Plants Growing Naturally in the British Isles

By Stella Ross-Craig

1948-1972- London- George Bell and Sons

10" by 6"; Unpaginated [4pp, plates, 2pp] [44pl, 22pl, 77pl, 26pl, 76pl, 40pl, 39pl, 33pl, 39pl]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A nine volume set of these illustrated flora works.

Volumes include; Part I: Ranunculaeceae, Part II: Berberidaceae etc, Part III:Cruciferae, Part IV: Resedaceae etc, Part VII: Leguminosae, Part VIII: Rosaceae (1), Part IX: Rosaceae (2), Part X: Saxifragaceae etc, Part XI: Droseraceae etc.

Stella Ross-Craig was an English illustrator best known as a prolific illustrator of native flora. Interested in botany from her youth, she studied at the Thanet Art School before beginning work as a botanical illustrator at Kew Gardens. Her work drew the attention of Sir Edward Salisbury, the director of Kew, who brought her to a publisher.

The first in Ross-Craig's Drawings of British Plants was published in 1948. The series was issued as a set of inexpensive paperbacks, a departure from similar books for professionals or wealthy amateurs. The series eventually grew to 31 parts, taking until 1973 to complete and containing over 1300 lithographic plates. The series contained all the British flowering plants except for the grasses and sedges. She often drew from preserved dried specimens kept at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and she worked in black and white.

CONDITION

In paper wraps. Externally, generally sound with some edgewear. Volumes sunned with some age toning and occasional soiling to wraps.  Parts I, II, and III have library stamps to front free-endpapers and evidence of library plates to pastedowns. Parts III and IV with weak joints and hinges. Rear board detached to Part IV and almost detached to part III. Backstrips missing to both volumes. Wear to spines of parts I, II, and VII. Internally, all volumes firmly bound aside from volumes III and IV which are strained.  Pages generally bright and clean. Overall: GOOD with parts III and IV FAIR


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