Sinclair (Isabella) Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands, Painted and Described by Mrs. Francis Sinclair, Jr. FIRST EDITION, 44 chromolithographed plates after Sinclair by Leighton Brothers, small folio, publisher's green cloth with gilt pictorial spine and front cover, edges gilt; (spine repaired and some wear to covers). London: Sampson, Lowe, 1885
Forbes 3736; Nissen 1848; Great Flower Books p. 76.
Isabella Simpson was born in Scotland. She spent some of her life in New Zealand and after marrying moved to Hawaii. This was the first book to illustrate flowers from Hawaii in colour.
Encouraged by Sir Joseph Hooker, Isabella published her watercolours and observations in a book on flowers of Hawaii. Finally in 1884, Isabella and her husband made the long voyage to London to put her findings into print as Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands.
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