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Lot 4081

Details: This lot consists of the four antique hand-tinted botanical engravings shown in the corresponding images. These pieces measure approximately 12.25" x 20" (sheet size) with varying image sizes. Each plate contains smaller anatomical depictions and has a corresponding page of text. They are all presumably by Curtis Sansom, from “Flora Londinensis†by William Curtis.

Twayblade "Ophrys ovata" (177), engraved by Sansom, c1777, watermarked laid paper; Dwarf Orchis "Orchis ustulata" c1828, watermarked paper; Primrose "Primula Acaulis."; Cowslip "Primula Veris".

"William Curtis (11 January 1746 – 7 July 1799) was an English botanist and entomologist, who was born at Alton, Hampshire. Curtis began as an apothecary, before turning his attention to botany and other natural history. The publications he prepared effectively reached a wider audience than early works on the subject had intended. At the age of 25 he produced Instructions for collecting and preserving insects; particularly moths and butterflies. Curtis was demonstrator of plants and Praefectus Horti at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1771 to 1777. He established his own London Botanic Garden at Lambeth in 1779, moving to Brompton in 1789. He published “Flora Londinensis†(6 volumes, 1777–1798), a pioneering work in that it devoted itself to urban nature. Financial success was not found, but he went on the publish “The Botanical Magazine†in 1787, a work that would also feature hand coloured plates by artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and William Kilburn. Curtis was to gain wealth from the ventures into publishing, short sales on Londinensis were offset by over 3,000 copies of the magazine. Curtis said they had each brought 'pudding or praise'. The genus Curtisia is named in his honour. His publication was continued as the esteemed botanical publication, Curtis's Botanical Magazine. The noted natural history illustrators, James Sowerby and Sydenham Edwards both found a start with the eminent magazine."

These items exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities. One page has a library stamp to back.
Condition / Notes: These items exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities. One page has a library stamp to back.

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Estimate $70 - $200Nov 25, 2018
Freeville, NY, USA