Isabella Sinclair Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands., 1885
First edition of first color plate book devoted to the flora of Hawaii. With 44 chromolithographed full-page plates with letterpress, printed by Leighton Brothers, beautifully bound. Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, London.
Having studied botany in New Zealand, Sinclair began painting watercolors of the Hawaiian flora, carefully identifying each specimen with its botanical name as provided by Joseph Hooker, along with its natural habitat, its native name and other information. One of the most prized of Hawaiian books among collectors for its depictions of vanishing flora.
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Isabella Sinclair | Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands. | 1885 | Zucker Art Books
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