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WILD FLOWERS OF THE PACIFIC COAST

THAYER, Emma Homan

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New York: Cassell & Company, Ltd., (1887). First edition. Folio. Original pictorial ochre cloth over beveled boards. All edges gilt. Patterned endpapers. Minor rubbing at edges, with corners moderately bumped. Else uncommonly bright, clean, and sound. A beautiful example. Near fine. INSCRIBED by Thayer to title page: "To Mr & Mrs William Byrd Page / With the best wishes of the / author / Christmas 1899 / Emma Homan Thayer." 64pp. (Item ID: 20421)

A stunning example of 19th century publisher's binding, with a striking pictorial cloth cover stamped in gold, white, green, and maroon depicting the sun setting over the Pacific with flowers in the foreground. Includes 24 full-color chromo-lithographic botanical plates with tissue (all present) based on original watercolors by Thayer (1842ñ1908), a follow-up to her WILD FLOWERS OF COLORADO (1885). "In presenting this collection of Wild Flowers, I have selected those from my sketches that are most beloved by the people of the coast, and are new and of interest to lovers of wild flowers in the East." Plates include: Buttercups, Evening Primrose, Burr-Clover, Baby Blue Eyes, Yellow Poppy, Larkspur, Wild Thrift. Cluster Lily. Violet, Wild Verbena, Blue Bells, Snap-Dragons, Shooting Star, Wild Peony, Chinese Cigarette Blossom, Wild Heliotrope, "Tidy-Tips," Snow Plant, Forget-Me-Not, Wood Lily, Azalea, Spotted Lily, Salmon Blossoms and Pink Grass, and Mariposa Lily. A lovely and charming book, scarce in this condition, and rare signed. The recipient is likely the noted American athlete William Byrd Page, who set multiple records in the high jump during the mid-late 19th century. A superior copy in every way.



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