Original and Very Rare Antique American Flora Or History of plants and wild flowers by A,B. Strong , MD - Four Volume Set

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THE

AMERICAN FLORA,

OR

HISTORY OF PLANTS AND WILD FLOWERS:

CONTAINING

THEIR SCIENTIFIC AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION,

NATURAL HISTORY,

Chemical and Medical Properties, Mode of Culture, Propagation, &c.

DESIGNED

AS A BOOK OF REFERENCE FOR BOTANISTS, PHYSICIANS, FLORISTS,
GARDENERS, STUDENTS, ETC.

BY A. B. STRONG, M. D.

VOL. I.
IS ILLUSTRATED WITH
SEVENTY BEAUTIFUL COLORED ENGRAVINGS,
TAKEN FROM NATURE.

NEW-YORK:
PUBLISHED BY GREEN & SPENCER,
12 ANN STREET.

1853.

Above is the complete Vol. I. title page.


Complete in four volumes containing a total of 278 hand-colored engraved plates, plus one black and white frontispiece of the author.

All plates are tissue-guarded, each volume has a color illustrated title page and text title; Vols. 3 and 4 have color frontispieces.

Vol. 1, 1853 — author portrait, color title page and 70 plates
Vol. 2, 1853 — color title page and 70 plates
Vol. 3, 1852 — color frontispiece and title page, plus 66 plates
Vol. 4, 1850 — color frontispiece and title page, plus 66 plates

The work was first issued periodically between 1845 and 1850; this set contains by far the greatest number of plates of any found.

BIOGRAPHY:

Asa B. Strong (c. 1800-1880), American botanist, writer, introduced numerous rare and valuable plants with The American Flora series, also wrote Illustrated Natural History of the Three Kingdoms.

CONTENTS:

Vol. 1
Preface
Index — Latin name (alphabetical), common name
Index — common name (alphabetical), Latin name
Begins:
Nat. Order. Lenticosæ. Rosa Centifolia. Hundred-leaved Rose
Nat. Order. Pomaceæ. Pyrus Spectablis. A Chinese Pear
Ends:
Nat. Order. Spathaceæ. Narcissus Triandrus. Three-Anthered Rush Daffodil
Nat. Order. Liliaceæ. Hyacinthus Orientalis. Common Hyacinth
The Language of Flowers (alphabetical listing of flower names and their historical-social associations — 8 pages)

Vol. 2
Index — Latin name (alphabetical), common name
Index — common name (alphabetical), Latin name
Introduction
Begins:
Nat. Order. Senticosæ. Flagaria Virginiana. Virginia Strawberry
Nat. Order. Lomentaceæ. Cassia Elongata. Peruvian Senna
Ends:
Nat. Order. Piperitæ. Cubebs, or Java Pepper
Nat. Order. Liliaceæ. Tulipa Sylvestris. Turk’s-Cap, or Wild Tulip

Vol. 3
Index — Botanical name (alphabetical), common name
Index — common name (alphabetical), Botanical name
Memoir of Linnæus (14 pages)
Begins:
Nat. Order. Compositæ. Chrysanthemum Indicum. Indian Chrysanthemum
Nat. Order. Papaveracæ. Papaver Orientale. Eastern Poppy
Ends:
Nat. Order. Convolvulaceæ. Ipomæa Horsfalliæ. Mrs. Horsfall’s Ipomæa
Nat. Order. Leguminosæ. Indigofera Violacea. Purple Indigo Plant

Vol. 4
Index — Botanical name (alphabetical), common name
Index — common name (alphabetical), Botanical name
Introduction
Begins:
Nat. Order. Polemoniaceæ. Phlox Drummondi. Mr. Drummond’s Phlox
Nat. Order. Ericeæ. Rhododendron Arboretum. Tree Rhododendron
Ends:
Nat. Order. Cacteæ. Opuntia Brasiliensis. Brazilian Prickly-Pear
Nat. Order. Saxifrageæ. Saxifraga Ligulata. Fringed Saxifrage

BOOK DESCRIPTIONS:

10” x 7 ¾” x 5”
8 lbs 11 ounces

778 pages
279 leaves of plates

iv + iv + 7-190 + (8)
(3) + 190-192 + [iii]-iv + [5]-188
External condition:
Professionally restored and rebound with original ornate gilt boards that are rubbed and moderately chipped in places; reapplied backstrips have some wear and chipping at edges, with decorative gilt designs and title. Page edges are gilt.

Internal condition:
Endpapers and flyleaves are new, in addition to originals. Bindings are tight, a few minor edge chips, creases and small holes. Some tissue-guards are variously creased, foxed, age toned or offset. Plates are mostly quite good, as shown in listing pictures, with some quite clean and others with varying degrees of age tone but very little foxing. Text leaves have occasional foxing.

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