Flora Historica: or the Three Seasons of the British Parterre historically and botanically treated; with observations on planting, to secure a regular succession of flowers, from the commencement of Spring to the end of Autumn To which are added, the most approved methods of cultivatibulbous and other plants, as practised by the most celebrated florists of England, Holland, and France. In Two Volumes

London E. Lloyd and Son 1824 2 Volumes. 8vo (21.6 x 13.3 cm). Modern half calf and marble boards; raised bands, gilt panels, black morocco labels. Collation: Vol.1- li, [1], 354pp; Vol. 2- xii, 464pp. Marginal browning on title pages; occasional light foxing to text. The date has also been added by at the foot of each title page by an early hand.The two volumes are arranged by seasons following a lengthy Introduction which gives some historical background on plants and suggestions on grouping. Volume 1 deals with plants one finds flowering in the Spring. Volume 2 covers Summer and Autumn. Each chapter is an extensive description and historical reference for an individual plant that is often complemented with quotations from poetry. A chapter begins with the common and Latin names at the top. Both the Natural Order and Linnean Class is provided prior to discussion of the plant. Very Good Modern half Calf (Item ID: 0000624)


Henry Phillips, (1779&1840), writer on horticulture, was born in Henfield, Sussex. Phillips was a member of the Horticultural Society and, in 1825, was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society. During the 1820s and early 1830s he published a number of botanical works, including Pomarium Brittanicum (1820), History of Cultivated Vegetables (1822), Sylva florifera: the Shrubbery Historically and Botanically Treated (1823), Flora Historica(1824), and Companion for the Orchard (1831).(ODNB)

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