HULME, F. Edward. Familiar Wild Flowers. Figured and Described. Cassell and Company, Ltd., [c. 1905].
8vo. 40 original parts. Light-green pictorial paper wrappers, in custom-made clamshell box; 320 colour plates; extremities a little bumped, very good.
Complete set of later edition, very rare in original wrappers. The lower front wrappers carried tokens that could be redeemed for the publisher's '8 Handsome Cloth Cases' announced in Part 40. The tokens have been clipped out but the cases are nowhere to be seen - perhaps someone forgot to put them in the post. Hulme (1841 - 1909)was the drawing master at Marlborough College when he began his ambitious project of illustrating and describing all the species of British wild flowers. The work was initially distributed in parts but bound up sets are far more common now.. A contemporary review from "The Spectator" states: "So much trouble is taken with these periodicals, so much ability is at the disposal of the conductors, that is is difficult to bestow the praise which is really deserved without seeming extravagant."
Nissen BBI 951.