The Florence Cherry


Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London, volumes 1 & 2. London: W. Bulmer & Co., 1812 “Britain's gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society, has a long and interesting history dating from 1804. Founded under the title The Horticultural Society of London, by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood, its aim was to collect plant information and encourage the improvement of horticultural practice. The 1850s saw a period of financial crisis for the Society, due to the lack of income from membership and falling proceeds from its garden. This unfortunately led to the sale of its library, which contained many rare books and original drawings. Prince Albert, its then President, revived its fortunes by arranging a new charter in 1861, resulting in the name, The Royal Horticultural Society.”* Nine papers by society members are included in the two volumes of the Transactions, as well as several vivid chromolithographic plates. The 1812 edition is the first of many that William Bulmer printed for the society." *Source: Royal Horticulture Society

William Bulmer, color printing, chromolithography, botanical illustration, 19th Century
17.3 x 18.3 cm