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A Monograph of the Genus Lilium
Henry John Elwes (1846-1922) was a collector and plantsman who first became interested in lilies on a visit to the Himalayas. He wrote the text to this publication, which has become the most famous monograph of the genus lilium.
Walter Hood Fitch (1817-92) drew and lithographed the plates for the book. In 'Great Flower Books', Satcheverell Sitwell called him 'the last of the giants.' Fitch contributed to to Curtis' 'Botanical Magazine' for 43 years, as well as illustrating countless colorplate books, including Hooker's 'Rhododendrons of Sikkim Himalaya' and 'Victoria Regia'. In his lifetime, Fitch produced nearly 10,000 illustrations. Made at the age of 60, Fitch's drawings for Elwes' book were the last great work of his career. In the 20th century, two supplements were added to include new species discovered in China and Tibet. The first seven parts were issued by Grove and Cotton, with plates by Snelling, parts 8 and 9 were issued by Turrill with plates by Stones.
'A Monograph of the Genus Lilium' has been called 'one of the culminating ornaments of the Victorian age.' (Sitwell) It is a lavish study of one of the most beautiful and popular flowers known to garndeners and 'a work of the greatest interest and value to all Lily growers.' (P.Synge, Great Flower Books)
Publication City:   London
Edition:   First
Medium:   Hand-colored lithographs
Date:   1877-80
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