London: Day & Son, 1860. First edition. Impressive volume with stunning full page chromolithographic botanical plates of native Tasmanian flowers, in an embossed presentation leather binding. Natural history verse accompanied by illustrations, by an outstanding woman artist.
Folio, 2 chromolithograph half title pages (1 duplicate), lithographed title & dedication page, ii preface, 107 pp text decorated at edges, 11 full page lithographic plates, beautifully designed & printed. Full embossed presentation leather binding, rubbed at edges. Carefully re-sewn to replace the old resin binding which failed, allowing some plate edges to ruffle o/w vgc. Meredith is a well-known botanical artist whose migration to Australia allowed her to draw their fascinating flora & insects with a beautifully composed Victorian sensibility. The plates are widely prized for their quality, which were lithographed in twelve colors. Ferguson, 12508. Item #6686