Sylva Britannica , or portraits of forest trees, distinguished for their antiquity, magnitude, or beauty. Drawn from nature
London: published for the author, 8, Duke Street, St. James's, by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green (printed by A. J. Valpy, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, 1830
8vo, pp. xvi 150 .
50 etched plates (including a title-plate with a view of a tree), printed on India paper, mounted.
Condition: 275 x 185mm, untrimmed. Plate mounts lightly foxed.
Binding: Original moiré-grained blue cloth, a little worn and shaken.
Second edition. The first edition, in folio, was issued in parts between 1822 and 1826.
Strutt explains in the preface that as the folio edition was issued in parts, a variety of subjects was included in each part to avoid monotony. In the present edition, ‘it has been deemed advisable to place all the specimens of each description of tree together, as thereby enabling a more accurate idea to be formed of their comparative sizes and characteristics.’ (p. vi.)
Strutt was a respected landscape painter and etcher. He also painted portraits for a few years, and from 1824 to 1831 he exhibited studies of forest scenery. He also made some of the drawings for the relief-etched plates in J.C. Loudon’s Arboretum et fruticetum Britannicum, 1838.