Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1878. First Edition. Brown pebbled cloth over boards with gilt titling on spine and cover with a bouquet on the cover, solid blue period endpapers. 10.25" x 7", First two of four volumes by the author, V. 1, pp. v, 1-192 with 48 bright and colorful plates with tissue guard; V. 2, pp. 2-200 also with 48 plates. The highlight of these books is the chromolithograph plates which are still pleasing and bright. End papers glue at spine. Both volumes are of similar condition with light rubbing to cover, fade to spine, wear at vertical edges of spine, early wear through to several corners. Cover gilting is still quite brilliant.
Meehan was a professor of vegetable physiology to the Pennsylvania State Board of Agriculture and editor of Meehan's Monthly and Gardner's Monthly. His purpose in publishing these volumes was to bring the joy plant identification to the developing mass market of the era. Very good. Item #1978
"The true Jasmine has long had a place in poetry. It is generally regarded as suggestive of amiablity...Thy heart is like a Jasmine bell, It yields its wealth of feeling" (p 11).