THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF SOUTH AMERICA, And The Water-Lilies Of Our Own Land: Their History And Cultivation.
First and only edition; with a penned presentation inscription from "The Author" on flyleaf. In addition to describing indigenous British water lilies, Lawson presents a detailed account of the sensational Victoria Regia, first brought into flower successfully at Chatsworth in 1849. It is from this same stock that Caleb Cope and his gardener, Thomas Meehan, cultivated a plant which flowered in the United States in 1851 (see Bailey, STANDARD CYCLOPEDIA OF HORTICULTURE pp.3466-8). Two lovely color plates, one of Victoria Regia and another of the great white water-lily, illustrate the text. Pritzel 5101 12mo (17.4 x 10.5 cm); (iv) + iv + (9)-108 pp. + 2 chromolithographed plates.
Original red cloth with gilt title and water lily design on upper cover, re-backed in red cloth with gilt spine lettering, extremities gently worn, corners bumped; a.e.g., original endpapers preserved; moderate foxing to plates and with pencilled notes throughout.
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