Item #5000700 The Wild Flowers around Melbourne. Fanny Anne CHARSLEY.
The Wild Flowers around Melbourne.

The Wild Flowers around Melbourne.

London: Day & Son, 1867.

Folio, uncoloured lithograph title page and thirteen hand coloured lithograph plates; original green cloth, upper cover titled in gilt, all edges gilt;.

With original lithographs made by the artist

A scarce and attractive copy of this sumptuous book, one of a handful of Australian botanical books published by women working in Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century. This was a time when the science of gardening and botany was widely appreciated and seriously studied. Charsley's work not only exhibits newly found species, but reflects in its most sumptuous design the high esteem in which this knowledge of her subject was held.

A scarce and attractive copy of this sumptuous book, one of a handful of Australian botanical books published by women working in Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century. This was a time when the science of gardening and botany was widely appreciated and seriously studied. Charsley's work not only exhibits newly found species, but reflects in its most sumptuous design the high esteem in which this knowledge of her subject was held.

Charsley (1828-1915) arrived in Melbourne with family in 1857 and during her stay over the next ten years produced a set of fine watercolours of the wildflowers of the area. On her return to England in 1867, she used her original paintings in the preparatory stages of illustrating this beautiful work. Unusually, she made the lithographs on stone herself, while the leading botanist Ferdinand von Mueller added the botanical classifications. Von Mueller was so impressed with the botanical accuracy of her work that he named an Australian flower in her honour, Helipterum charsleyae, whilst Charsley dedicated her publication to him.

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Ferguson, 8106a; Nissen, BBI 347.

Condition Report: Joint strengthened, slight stain to lower edge of title page; very good.

Price (AUD): $5,850.00

US$3,916.24   Other currencies

Ref: #5000700

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