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This lovely volume is Dr. John Langhorne’s The Fables of Flora. The volume includes 11 botanical watercolors with a fable on the opposing page that were “illustrated by a lady”. The work was done in 1830. All of the edges are gilt, bound in original green calf gilt. The Fables of Flora was originally published in 1771, this volume was a beautifully hand-copied and illustrated manuscript based on the work.
Provenance: L.G. Manley, contemporary signature at head of title. First published in 1771. This edition, with the verses copied in neat manuscript is accompanied by fine watercolours of the related plant.