Pratt, Anne

Wild Flowers

  • A charming, early-twentieth century edition of this popular illustrated book on flowers by the Victorian botanist Anne Pratt (1806-1893), originally published in 1852.

    Pratt was a well-known illustrator and science writer. She developed "an extensive herbarium and supplemented her collection by making sketches of the specimens. The drawings afterwards formed illustrations for her books" (ODNB). Pratt's books were "instrumental in spreading a knowledge and love of botany, and were at one time acknowledged by a grant from the civil list. Her first, The Field, the Garden, and the Woodland, was published in 1838 and reached a third edition in less than ten years. Perhaps her most popular, especially among children, Wild Flowers (2 vols., 1852), was also issued in sheets for hanging up in schoolrooms. The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain, published in five volumes from 1855, was widely regarded as the best popular botanical work of her time" (ODNB).

  • With Ninety-Six Plates, Printed in Colours. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1922. 2 volumes, duodecimo. Original grey cloth, titles and flower pattern to spines and upper boards in black and orange. 192 chromolithographic plates. Cloth a little rubbed and toned, spines rolled, lower corners bumped, light spotting to edges of text block and occasionally to contents. A very good set.

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