WATSON, Peter William. Dendrologia Britannica, or trees and shrubs that will live in the open air of Britain throughout the year. A work useful to proprietors and possessors of estates, in selecting subjects for planting woods, parks and shrubberies; and also to all persons who cultivate trees and shrubs. Printed for the author. 1825.
8vo. 2 vols. Contemporary half brown calf, marbled boards, gilt spines with raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled; pp. lxxii + 30 + [14, indexes], 172 hand-coloured lithograph plates each with leaf of text; a little scattered foxing throughout, very good.
First edition. Scarce. Peter William Watson (1761-1830) was a native of Hull and an enthusiastic botanist who took part in the establishment of the botanic garden there in 1812. This work was issued in 24 parts and constitutes ‘the most scientific work devoted exclusively to trees which has hitherto been published in England' (J.E. Loudon, Arboretum Britannicum, p. 188). The beautiful plates do not show complete trees but exquisite details of leaves and blossoms. Many of the trees are not indigenous to the British Isles and a number of North American, European and Asian species are included.