London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1984.
First Edition. Broadsheet folio (29" x 22 1/2"). Volume XV only (of 34) of this stunning collection copperplate engravings of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander while they accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771. Plants were collected in Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java. No full set of the engravings in color was published until the late twentieth century, when Alecto Historical Editions, in partnership with the British Museum, produced 110 sets, 100 of which were offered for sale. As described by Alecto: "the engravings are printed in color à la poupée, up to ten colours being worked directly into the single plate before each print is pulled, with additional details added in watercolour. Each sheet is identified by a blind embossed stamp on the recto, recording the publishers' and printer's chops, the copyright symbol and date. The initials of the individual printer, the plate number and the edition number are recorded in pencil. Each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of Somerset mould-made 300 gsm paper, acid free and cut to form a window mount." This volume, from set #83, includes 22 engravings of plants found in Australia, contained in three cloth-backed portfolios within a cloth solander box, as issued. Some minor scuffing to the box; contents fine. Complete list of plates on request.