London, Whittaker & Co. 1842-1850. 4to. 4 cont. full calf. Backs with 5 raised bands, richly gilt compartments, very slight wear to backs. Gilt double line borders on covers. All edges gilt. Front hinge on Vol. 4 professionally repaired. With 260 fine hand-colored lithographed plates, all with tissue guards. (Chabot's Zinc, Skinner st.) Practically with no offsetting or foxing, clean. List of subscribers in Vol. 1., also an alphabetical index withbound. Text to all plates, pages unnumbered.
First and only edition. Very scarce in complete state as here.
BMC NH. Vol. 1, p.291. has only 130 plates. Nissen 305. Pritzel 1400. "Most of the text was drawn from notes left by Miss Burnett's brother G.T.B." (The Library of the Stiftung fur Botanik, Liechtenstein. Sotheby's Sales Catalogue. 1975. No. 118).