SELBY, Prideaux John (1788-1867). A History of British Forest-Trees, Indigenous and Introduced. London: John van Voorst, 1842.

$ 250.00

Tall 8vo., (9 7/8 x 6 1/8 inches). Illustrated throughout with about 200 wood-engravings. 19th-century half green morocco, marbled boards, gilt (unevenly faded).

Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Headfort on the front paste-down.

First edition. Probably best known for his celebrated and beautiful "Illustrations of British Ornithology", published in nineteen parts between 1821 and 1833, Selby's knowledge of "botany and particularly of arboriculture was extensive. His practical experience in planting up hundreds of acres of ground at Twizell House with many varieties of trees, often recently imported, resulted in his being asked by Van Voorst to write a treatise on the subject, published as [here] "A History of British Forest Trees Indigenous and Introduced" (1841-2)" (Christine E. Jackson for DNB).