1818. Hooker, William. Item #87985
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. TRANSACTIONS OF THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. VOLUME 2. London: Printed by W. Bulmer & Co., Cleveland Row; Sold by J. Hatchard, Picadilly, 1815. Second edition. Engraved title-page and 32 plates, of which three are folding. 31 plates are engraved and one is a b&w lithograph. Of the engraved plates, 16 are color plates, a combination of stipple engraving with hand coloring, mostly of fruit but for "Monopsis Conspicua," "The Large Vegetable Marrow" and a beautiful folding plate of "The Double-Sweet-scented Chinese Peony." Uncolored plates are mostly of plans and structures but for a couple of plants. Many of the b&w plates have the engravers' and artists' names, while only one of the color plates does ("Monopsis Conspicua" printed and engraved by W. Hooker, after R. A. Salisbury). However, according to Gordon Dunthorne, William Hooker (no relation to Sir William) did the majority of the plates in the first five volumes, "including many fine fruit plates which outnumber those of flowers [...] the fruit prints in particular comparing with the best of Hooker's work." Quarto. 28 x 21.5 cm. , XXIV, VIII, 186, 185*-186*, 187-369, 372-410, 10,  pp. Disbound: Bookblock is sound, with old marbled boards detached yet present, but lacking the ffep. and backstrip. Some light foxing to engraved title-page and a few of the other b&w plates, with offsetting to facing text pages; otherwise the plates and text are quite clean. Ex library, with minimal markings, only a cancelled bookplate on front pastedown and a blind embossed seal on p. 1 of text, and none to plates. A complete copy in very good condition that needs to be rebound. Published between 1807 and 1848, the Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London are esteemed for the very high standard of their production, especially in their plates, and for their interesting and useful content. References: Dunthorne, FLOWER AND FRUIT PRINTS, #142; Sitwell, GREAT FLOWER BOOKS, pp. 58 & 160.