The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are Accurately Represented in their Natural Colours. To which are Added their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, According to the Celebrated Linnæus; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering: Together with the Most Approved Methods of Culture. A Work Intended for the Use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they Cultivate. William CURTIS.
The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are Accurately Represented in their Natural Colours. To which are Added their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, According to the Celebrated Linnæus; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering: Together with the Most Approved Methods of Culture. A Work Intended for the Use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they Cultivate.
The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are Accurately Represented in their Natural Colours. To which are Added their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, According to the Celebrated Linnæus; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering: Together with the Most Approved Methods of Culture. A Work Intended for the Use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they Cultivate.
The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are Accurately Represented in their Natural Colours. To which are Added their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, According to the Celebrated Linnæus; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering: Together with the Most Approved Methods of Culture. A Work Intended for the Use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they Cultivate.

The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: in which the Most Ornamental Foreign Plants, Cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are Accurately Represented in their Natural Colours. To which are Added their Names, Class, Order, Generic and Specific Characters, According to the Celebrated Linnæus; their Places of Growth, and Times of Flowering: Together with the Most Approved Methods of Culture. A Work Intended for the Use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they Cultivate.

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman, for W. Curtis; [last volume] for T. Curtis, 1793-1801. Volumes I-XV bound in four. 8vo. Later tan quarter sheep over marbled boards, spines with raised bands, twin gilt lettered red labels. 586 (of 588) finely engraved plates, all but one with excellent contemporary handcolouring plus an additional handcoloured plate from a different source bound in adjacent to no. 57, each plate with a leaf of descriptive letterpress text (several leaves in a few instances), one plate folding and the others full page, the two missing plates illustrating the "Three-Coloured" and "Red-Blue" Ixias (nos 381 and 410), 8 plates trimmed to the outline of the image and mounted on a different paper, another plate with just the margins trimmed and remounted. Some light rubbing and fading to the bindings, with very much the odd exception, a lovely clean set. A famed botanist, Curtis' other notable published work was his "Flora Londonensis", a record of the flowers native to the metropolis and its environs. Published between 1777 and 1798, the "Flora's" importance cannot be understated, however it was not a commercial success. It has been suggested that this was partly due to the price, the irregularity with which the parts were issued and the narrow geographical scope of the work. On the other hand, his "Botanical Magazine" was successful, being much more accessible in terms of size, price and range of subjects. The plates, though smaller than those of the "Flora", are no less beautiful and were principally designed by two of the great botanical illustrators - James Sowerby (volumes I-IV) and Sydenham Edwards, with a handful of plates drawn by Francis Sansom who also engraved them all. The handcolouring of the plates is also testament to the quality of the work and was executed by William Graves. Although the first volume has a title page dated 1793 the plates were issued in parts from 1787 onwards and all bear imprints as such. The magazine has enjoyed an astonishingly long print run, being published to this day by the Royal Horticultural Society. Dunthorne, pp. 47-8. Henrey, II, pp. 302-7. Item #32896

Price: £4,750.00

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