WITH 123 LOVELY HAND-COLORED FLOWER LITHOGRAPHS
HARRISON, Joseph. Floricultural Cabinet, and Florist’s Magazine. London: Whittaker, Treacher, 1833-41. Nine volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter green polished calf gilt, raised bands, later red morocco spine labels, marbled boards. $3000.
First nine volumes of the most popular horticultural periodical in 19th-century England, with 123 hand-colored lithographs (two folding) and occasional in-text illustrations and garden plans.
Harrison’s Cabinet appeared serially between 1833 and 1859, in 12 monthly issues, each with a hand-colored plate. The journal contains articles on all aspects of flower cultivation, including lists of new and rare plants, with submissions from various gardeners. “No other periodical work on floriculture or horticulture has ever reached so extensive a circulation, or enjoyed so large a portion of public patronage as our own.” Near the end of the first year, circulation had risen to an astounding 50,000 copies, so during November, Harrison was obliged to reissue the first few numbers for a second and third times. This is a complete set of the first nine volumes (Volume I being the third printing), beginning with the journal’s first number in March 1833 to December 1841, including all 123 hand-colored lithographs (two folding in Volume VI), and with occasional in-text wood-engravings of propagation techniques and garden layouts.
Interiors near-fine, with only light foxing (mostly to the first and last few leaves). A handsome run of nine volumes, rarely found together.