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Illustrations of the Botany and other branches of the Natural History
of the Himalayan Mountains, and of the Flora of Cashmere

by J. Forbes Royle, Esq., F.L.S. & G.S., M.R.A.S.
London, published by Parbury, Allen, and Co.
1833-35


Original 175-year-old hand-coloured natural-history plates, drawn on stone by Maxim Gauci and others,
coloured by John Clark[e] or Mr. Barclay, after Vishupersaud, Miss Drake, W. Saunders,
Luchmun Sing, J.T. Hart and others, printed by Graf & Soret.

Sheet size: approximately 10.5 x 14 inches on beautiful woven paper.
Our photographs do no justice to these extremely rare plates!

First edition of this 'pioneering ecological study' (Rix) on the trees, shrubs and flowers of the Himalayan region of the Indian sub-continent, largely illustrated with delightful images after Vishnuperand: the greatest Indian botanical artist of his time.

Born in Cawnpore the son of an officer in the service of the East India Company, John Forbes Royle joined the medical staff of the Bengal Army in Calcutta in 1819 or 1820. Three years later, in 1823, he was able to combine his medical and military duties with his love of botany when he was appointed superintendant of the botanical garden at Saharunpore. He carried out a thorough investigation of the properties of traditional plant-based Indian drugs, buying them in the bazaars, and in the present work (vol. I, pp. 239-240) he also recommends the establishment of cinchona (the basis for quinine) in India. He was one of the first to botanise in the Himalayas, and his position at Saharunpore allowed him to commission Vishnupersaud and others to produce an important and valuable collection of beautiful and highly accurate drawings of the specimens he found during his plant-hunting expeditions. The resulting collection also contained the first visual record of many species.
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We apologize for the poor quality of the photographs, which make the plates less attractive than they are 'in person.'
The prints appear better in real life, though there does tend to be some 'rumpling' in the margins along with some light smudges/soiling.
Aconitum heterophyllum
Plate 13
Aconitum heterophyllum
SOFT CREASE UPPER RIGHT CORNER, LIGHT SMUDGES IN OUTER MARGINS
Plate 20
Silene Falconeriana
Lychnis fimbriata
$275
SOFT CREASE UPPER RIGHT CORNER, LIGHT SMUDGES IN OUTER MARGINS
Plate 21: Leucostemma latifolia, etc.
Plate 21
Leucostemma latifolia
L. angustifolia
Arenaria festucoides
$175
LIGHT BROWNING AROUND EDGES OF PAPER, PER USUAL.
Plate 24 Eurya acuminata
Plate 24
Eurya acuminata
Hypericum Japonicum
CREASE UPPER RIGHT CORNER, SOFT CREASE LOWER LEFT.
$225
Plate 26
Plate 26
Cissus rosea
Cissus capreolata
Plate 29 Dictamnus himalayanus
Plate 29
Dictamnus himalayanus
SOME LIGHT SOILING AND SLIGHTLY RUMPLED AROUND EDGES.
Plate 33
Plate 33
Uraria lagopoides
Astragalus leucocephalus
Plate 34 Caragana Gerardiana
Plate 34
Caragana Gerardiana
Genista versicolor
POOR CONDITION: POORLY REPAIRED TEAR LOWER MARGIN EXTENDING INTO IMAGE (STICKY TAPE STILL ADHERED TO BACK OF PRINT); RUMPLING LOWER PORTION; CREASE UPPER RIGHT. PRICE REFLECTS CONDITION.
$75
Plate 35
Plate 35
Parochetus communis
Smithia ciliata
Plate 36: Aquilaria Agallocha
Plate 36
Aquilaria Agallocha
Astragalus Grahamianus
REPAIRED TEAR TO TOP EDGE, WELL OUTSIDE IMAGE AREA; SOME RUMPLING TO RIGHT MARGIN.
$225
Plate 43: Circoea cordata
Plate 43
Circoea cordata
Epilobium laxum
A COUPLE OF SHORT REPAIRED TEARS AROUND EDGES AND MINOR EDGE/CORNER WEAR
$225
Plate 74: Eremostachys superba
Plate 74
Eremostachys superba
EXCELLENT, WITH ONLY VERY FAINT CREASE UPPER LEFT CORNER
Plate 83
Plate 83
Procris racemosa
P. peduncularis
P. obtusa
EXCELLENT, WITH ONLY VERY MINOR EDGE RUMPLING
$245
Irish longifolia, etc.
Plate 91
Burmannia coelestis
Iris longifolia
Hypoxis minor
SOFT CREASE UPPER LEFT CORNER; MINOR RUMPLING AROUND EDGES; NARROW TOP MARGIN (AS ISSUED); SHORT REPAIRED TEAR LOWER RIGHT MARGIN
Plate 93
Plate 93
Trillium Govanianum
LLoydia Himalensis
L. Kunanvernsis
EXCELLENT, WITH ONLY VERY MINOR BROWNING AROUND EDGES
Plate 94
Plate 94
Smilax Maculata
S. Villandia
Plate 97
Plate 97
Eriocaulon Sollyranum
Hordeum Aegiceras
Andropogon Calamus Aromaticus
SOFT CREASE THROUGH CENTER (LIKELY NOT NOTICEABLE ONCE MATTED/FRAMED; SOME RUMPLING AROUND EDGES
$225
Plate 83 OR 100 Putranjiva Roxburghul
Plate 83 OR 100
Putranjiva Roxburghul
$225
PAPER BROWNING/SPLOTCHY FROM CONTACT WITH ACIDIC BOARDS AT END OF VOLUME; SOME RUMPLING; SHORT REPAIRED TEARS TO EDGE
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