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Original hand-coloured copperplate engravings from William Curtis's Botanical Magazine, known for their fine details and delicate coloring.
Each single plate measures approx. 5.5 x 9.25 inches, though some trimming may have occured.

Darvill's Rare Prints is delighted to offer highly prized prints from the earlier, more desireable volumes created mainly between 1787-1830.
Please view each scan carefully as they are very accurate and reflect any defects that may appear on a particular print.
Unfortunately, the original text for most plates is no longer available and most plants are thus identified by plate number only.

William Curtis holding his famous book, Flora Londinensis (1777-98).
A portrait attributed to Joseph Wright of Derby.

William Curtis, a Quaker, was eager to share his horticultural knowledge with others; when a projected course of lectures at Chelsea did not materialize, he arranged one of his own, on botany and horticulture, in the new garden which he had made for himself in "Lambeth Marsh."  Here he also cultivated some six thousand species of plants. But his prime interest was in the British flora, especially in such flowers as grew in the neighborhood of London. With the support of Lord Bute, he embarked on his first ambitious project, the Flora Londinensis — a series of coloured folio illustrations and descriptions of the plants which grew within a radius of ten miles of the metropolis.

The first part of Flora Londinensis appeared in 1777, and in the same year Curtis, overburdened with work, resigned his post at Chelsea. For ten years he continued perseveringly at his congenial but unremenerative task; by 1787, the results of his labours were two splendid folio volumes and a deficit which made the continuance of his venture impossible. He understood the cause of the trouble and saw the remedy: if his clients refused to buy folio pictures of the unassuming plants that grew by the wayside, he would win their patronage with octavo engravings of the bright exotics that filled their gardens. Thus, in 1787, the Botanical Magazine was born. As Curtis himself said, it brought him "pudding" whereas Flora Londinensis had only brought him praise.

Darvill's collection of fine Curtis botanicals includes both Flora Londinensis and the Botanical Magazine (below)
Please click on a thumbnail to see the entire plate. Plant names with question marks are derived from other sources, meaning we do not have the original text for that plate and the name is unconfirmed.
Any condition issues should be identifiable on the enlargements.


Plate 26
(Variegated Staphelia?)


Plate 29
(Mignonette?)
$35

Pinnated Slipper-Wort
Plate 41
Pinnated Slipper-Wort
(text included)
$40

Woad-leaved Centaurea
Plate 96
Lantana Aculeata
Prickly Lantana
(text included)

$40

Jagged-leaved Fig-Marigold
Plate 67
Jagged-leaved Fig-Marigold
(text included)


Plate 95
(Leaved Geranium?)
$60


Plate 108
(Four-leaved Ladies Finger?)
$60


Plate 130
(Bladder-podded Alyssum?)
$45

Square-stalked Geranium
Plate 136
Square-stalked
Geranium
(text included)
$60

Lupine?
Plate 140
(Yellow Lupine?)


Plate 142
(Poppy-leaved Vipers Grass?)
$55

St. John's Wort?
Plate 146
(St. John's Wort?)
$75

Azalea?
Plate 180
(Scarlet Azalea?)
$60


Plate 207
(Alpine Toad Flax?)
$45

Fan-leaved Tansy
Plate 212
Fan-leaved Tansy
(text included)
$40

Heath-leaved Phylica
Plate 224
Heath-Leav'd Phylica
(text included)
$40

Alpine Wall-Cress
Plate 226
Alpine Wall-Cress
(text included)


Plate 231
(Solid-footed Fumitory?)
$35


Plate 242
(Cross-leaved Speedwell?)
$50

Plantain Crow's foot?
Plate 266
(Plantain-leaved Crowfoot?)
$50


Plate 276
(Strawberry Blite?)
$50

Sweetest Jasmine?
Plate 285
(Sweetest Jasmine?)
$50

Caper Shrub?
Plate 291
(Caper Shrub?)

Caper Shrub?
Plate 296
(Gouty Houseleek?)
$30


Plate 302
(Myrtle-leaved Mimosa?)

Man-bearing Orchid
Plate 305
Aceras
[Man-bearing Orchid]
(text included)
$55


Plate 313
(Trailing Daphne?)


Plate 326
Green-flowered Fig-Marigold
(text included)
$45


Plate 333
(Great Honeywort?)
$35

Porcelain Heath
Plate 350
Porcelain Heath
(text included)

Masson's Heath
Plate 356
Masson's Heath
(text included)

Masson's Heath
Plate 361
Japanese Boxthorn
(text included)
$45


Plate 362

Three-leaved Verbena
Plate 367
Three-leaved Verbena
(text included)
$40


Plate 402
(Red-flowered Tremulous Heath?)

Elm-leaved Grewia
Plate 422
Elm-leaved Grewia
(text included)
$45

Leafy Cytisus
Plate 426
Leafy Cytisus
(text included)
$45

Shrubby Horseshoe Vetch
Plate 427
Shrubby Horseshoe Vetch
(text included)
$45


Plate 429
(Aiton's Heath?)
$35

Leafy Cytisus
Plate 435
Everlasting
(text included)
$45

Bitten-leaved Hibiscus
Plate 433
Bitten-leaved Hibiscus
(text included)
$65

Pallid Heath
Plate 440
Pallid Heath
(text included)
$40

Dwarf Antholyza
Plate 441
Dwarf Antholyza
(text included)

Dwarf Antholyza
Plate 446
(Oval-spiked Psoralea?)
$40

Crowberry-leaved Heath
Plate 447
Crowberry-leaved Heath
(text included)
$35

Crowberry-leaved Heath
Plate 456
Saw-leaved Diosma
(text included)
$35

Opposite-leaved Milk-Wort
Plate 492
Opposite-leaved Milk-Wort
(text included)
$35

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