The Botanical Cabinet Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants, from all Countries.

"Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these": Exquisite first edition large paper set of Loddiges' Botanical Cabinet; containing 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke

The Botanical Cabinet Consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants, from all Countries.

LODDIGES, George. Plates by George Cook.

$32,500.00

Item Number: 109061

London: John & Arthur Arch; Hackney: Conrad Loddiges & Sons, et al, 1818–1833.

Rare first edition, large paper issue set of Loddiges’ renowned Botanical Cabinet with 2000 numbered hand-colored plates by George Cooke. Octavos, 20 volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges marbled. Illustrated with 2000 numbered hand-colored botanical plates by George Cooke. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates. An exceptional collection, most rare and desirable in a complete set.

Founded by Joachim Conrad Loddiges in Hackey, north of London, the renowned Loddiges plant nursery rose to great prominence during the early nineteenth century under George Loddiges, who published in serial numbers the present Botanical Cabinet produced in connection with George Cooke, one of the more highly sought after engravers of the era. The 2000 hand-colored plates catalogued the broad array of exotic plants, trees, shrubs, ferns, palms and orchids introduced into the famed nursery's hothouses and gardens from around the world.

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