Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918! Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918!
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Original hand-coloured copperplate engravings known for their fine details and delicate coloring.
Fold-out "double" plates measure approx. 9.25 x 12 inches
Single plates measure approx. 5.5 x 9.25 inches
Some trimming may have occured — please click on thumbnails to assess each plate

Darvill's Rare Prints is delighted to offer highly prized prints from the earlier, more desireable
volumes of Curtis's Botanical Magazine created mainly between 1787-1830. 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.

BELOW ARE THE FOLD-OUT "DOUBLE PRINTS" FROM CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE
WITH ORIGINAL FOLDS AS ISSUED.

Please click on a thumbnail to see the entire plate (the whole sheet does not always fit on the scanner).
Images are digitally watermarked to deter theft, this watermark does not appear on the actual print


(CLICK ON ONE OF THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO SEE THE "SINGLE" PLATES)

Bird of Paradise?
Plate 119
(fold-out double)

  


Plate 733
(fold-out double)
$95

  


Plate 770
(fold-out double)


Plate 797
(fold-out double)
$115


Plate 900
(fold-out double)
$115


Plate 903 A
(fold-out double)


Plate 918
(fold-out double)
$125


Plate 995
(fold-out double)
$125


Plate 1018
(fold-out double)
$135


Plate 1066
(fold-out double)
$110

 


Plate 1066
(fold-out double)


Plate 1073
(fold-out double)
$65


Plate 1074
(fold-out double)
$100


Plate 1081
(fold-out double)
$75


Plate 1094
(fold-out double)
$115


Plate 1096
(fold-out double)
$95


Plate 1128
(fold-out double)


Plate 1133
(fold-out double)
$135


Plate 1171
(fold-out double)
$120


Plate 1176
(fold-out double)
$105


Plate 1189
(fold-out double)
$95
(light offsetting)


Plate 1232
(fold-out double)
$115


Plate 1293
(fold-out double)
$85


Plate 1322
(fold-out double)
$85


Plate 1347
Female Cape Bryony, or The Elephant's Foot
(fold-out double)
$75


Plate 1364
(fold-out double)



Plate 1371
(fold-out double)
$95


Plate 1409
(fold-out double)
$85


Plate 1412
(fold-out double)
$75

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