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. The text is remarkably clean and bright; plate XI is browned - browning extends to several adjacent pages; 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. All other plates are very good to fine. 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.