Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858) - 1st Edn - Exquisite hand colour - Nicotiana - Botany 1840
c 27 x 21.3 cm
Beautifully hand coloured lithographed plates finished with gum arabic. The condition of the plates is excellent. The paper is strong and not brittle and a light creamy color. The plates are bright and clean with the exceptional, vibrant original hand colouring so characteristic of the first edition.
These plates are highly prized and not to be confused with later reprints and reproductions on offer.
Jane Wells Loudon (née Webb), began a literary career with a strange, wild, futuristic novel entitled The Mummy (1827), followed by Stories of a Bride (1829) and Conversations on Chronology (1830). When renowned landscape gardener and horticultural writer John Claudius Loudon read The Mummy, “he was intrigued by it, particularly its mention of the use of steam ploughs” (Parks & Gardens UK), and he wanted to meet its anonymous author. Months later the two were married. After her marriage, Jane changed directions to became one of the major designers of garden landscapes in the 19th century and prominent compiler of popular flower books. Her artistic groupings of like flowers, considered unusual for the times, were immediately accepted among gardeners throughout England.