Boston (1817-18-20): Cummings and Hilliard. First Edition. Full-Leather. Item #7533
Three volumes in six, octavo (25 cm x 16.5cm); the first color plate book printed in America; the plates were printed by aquatint, with the ink applied to the plates "a la poupee." Being a collection of the native medicinal plants of the United States, containing their botanical history and chemical analysis and properties and uses. Plate XLII has fore-edge archivally strengthened; plate LV has fore-edge chipped and soiled; a few other plates with light off-setting, and a few others with age-toning. Volume I, part I, fore-edge of title page archivally strengthened; volume I, part II, plate XI and several adjacent leaves of test, stained and browned; gutter stain on a few other plates, not affecting images; volume II, part I, fore-edge of half-title archivally strengthened. All other plates are very good to fine. Tissue guards are in place. Volumes I and III have half-titles in part II; volume II has half-titles in parts I and II; neat owner name on title page of volumes I and III. Beautifully bound to style in gray panelled calf with raised bands, ruled in gilt, brown leather lettering pieces on spines, gilt. Marbled end papers. A very handsome set of a landmark book in color plate technology.