New York & Elizabethtown, N.J. 1847-1848. Ten parts, with forty-eight hand-colored plates. Original printed wrappers, stitched. Two front wraps and one rear lacking; a couple of tears. Spines chipping; light wear at edges. Light dust soiling and scattered foxing. Good plus. Item #1602
The first expanded volume of Good's Family Flora, as published in its original parts in attractive printed wrappers. The author, Peter Good, principally used information complied by his uncle, John Good, to form this work, and published it in several editions in and around New York during the 1840s and early 1850s. "Probably the second book edition of Good's first twenty-four plates, and the first book edition of plates 25 through 48, bound from the twenty-four monthly parts.... While the text is printed from the same type as the earlier edition, the first twenty-four plates have been entirely reengraved, and the coloring is harsher and less delicate than that in the earlier editions" - Felcone. The first four pamphlets each contain six hand-colored plates, and the final six each contain four, with four printed pages of description accompanying each plate. Without the additional part containing title page, index, glossary, and advertisements. Scarce thus, and a good example of the occasionally complex serial printing histories of American books with color plates before the Civil War.
Felcone, New Jersey 722.