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FURBER (Robert) [Sometimes attributed to Richard Bradley]. The Flower-Garden Display'd, in above Four Hundred Curious Representations of the most Beautiful Flowers; Regularly dispos'd in the respective Months of their Blossom, Curiously Engrav'd on Copper-Plates from the Designs of Mr. Furber, and Others, and Coloured to the Life. With the Description and History of each Plant, and the Method of their Culture; whether in Stoves, Green-Houses, Hot Beds, Glass-Cases, Open Borders, or against Walls. Very Useful, Not only for the Curious in Gardening, but the Prints likewise for Painters, Carvers, Japaners, &c. also for the Ladies, as Patterns for Working, and Painting in Water-Colours, or Furniture for the Closet. The second edition. To which is added, A flower-garden for gentlemen and ladies; The Art of raising Flowers without any Trouble, to blow in full Perfection in the Depth of Winter, in a Bed-Chamber, Closet, or Dinning-Room. also, the method of raising salleting, Cucumbers, Melons, &c. at any Time in the Year. as it is now practised by Sir Thomas More, Bart.1734

London: Printed for R. Montagu... J. Brindley... and C. Corbett, Second edition, 4to (240 x 195 mm), [6], 139. [1]pp., title page printed in red and black, with additional engraved title page, 12 engraved plates, both printed and engraved title rather soiled, some occasional light browning to text, expertly rebound in half calf to style, marbled boards, spine with five raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt, red morocco label, a handsome copy. Second edition, with the addition of The Flower-Garden for Gentlemen and Ladies not present in the first edition of 1730. The plates for both quarto editions are reductions of Furber's folio Twelve Months of Flowers (1730). Robert Furber was a nurseryman, based in what is now the London district of Kensington, he had some of the wealthiest patrons who would order their plants from, this book serving as a more or less sumptuous catalogue of the plants that he held in stock. The engraved plates depict the twelve months of flowers, arranged in different vases or urns standing on a plinth, which allegedly bloomed in a particular month of the year. Each of the 429 flowers illustrated are numbered and named in the bottom margins. Peter Smith engraved the plates after the original paintings by Pieter Casteels. Sometimes attributed to Richard Bradley. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Richard Pratt, signed and dated (1751) by him at head of title page. Henrey, 713; Dunthorne, 114; Hunt 493; Nissen 677; Great Flower Books, pp. 30-31.

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