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The Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening, a Practical and Scientific Encyclopaedia of Horticulture for Gardeners and Botanists Division II Division III Division IV Division V Division VI Division VII Division VIII Division XII Century Supplement

By George Nicholson (ed.)

1884-1900

L. Upcott Gill : London

10.5" by 8"

265- 528pp; 529- 544pp, 1-240pp; 241-472pp; 473-544, 1-144pp; 145- 392pp; 393-527pp [1pp publisher's adverts] 1-112pp; 113- 400pp; 537-747pp [6pp adverts] [2pp publisher's adverts].

 

 

 

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An assorted eight volume set of George Nicholson's 'Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening'.

George Nicholson was a noted English botanist and horticulturist, and one of the sixty recipients of the 'Victoria Medal of Honour' by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1897 for his extensive contributions to horticulture. Nicholson is best known for this work, his 'Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening' that is commonly praised as being the best and most complete work on gardening and garden plants published in the nineteenth century, and the standard work on the subject even to this day. Indeed, the Royal Horticultural Society's current 'Dictionary of Gardening' has Nicholson's 'Illustrated Dictionary' as its basis, and has even retained its predecessor's layout. The text was not only celebrated for its thorough and authoritative listing and descriptions, but also for its attractive binding and lavish illustrations. This set is collated, complete with chromolithograph plates and hundreds of in-text illustrations. This text was produced as an eight-part alphabetical series between 1884 and 1888, with four additional supplements published until 1900. This set is lacking division I, and supplements I, II and III. Each volume is a first edition copy. With contemporary advertisements and publisher's advertisements to the rear of the 'Century Supplement', division XII.

CONDITION

In a uniform pictorial cloth binding. Externally, divisions II to VIII very smart. Very slightly bumped to extremities and head and tail of spines. Very slight rubbing to joints. Cloth to spine partially detached, with cloth split to rear joint, division III, but firm. Front joint partially split to division III, but firm. Division XII generally smart, rubbed to extremities and joints and rubbed and sunned to spine. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean throughout with the odd spot to occasional page. Spotting to first few pages, division VII and VIII. Pages age toned to edges. Offsetting to endpapers. Light scattered spotting to plate facing page 320 division II. Spotting to extremities of plate facing page 184 division IV, and plate facing page 176 division VIII, visible to recto and verso. Very slight marking to lower gutter of plate frontispiece, division III, not affecting image. Very small ink mark to page 470, division IV.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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