Paxton's Magazine of Botany and
Register of Flowering Plants (1834-1849)
by Sir Joseph Paxton
With engravings or lithographs from
drawings by F.W. Smith & S. Holden
Published by Orr & Smith/W.S. Orr & Co., London
Original, fine hand-coloured engravings and lithographs
approx. 6¼x 9 inches on beautiful woven paper
Original text provided whenever possible.
(please click on thumbnails for an enlarged view)
Sir Joseph Paxton
Paxton was a hugely talented man. He started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire.
His design of the conservatory at Chatsworth House served as a model for his design of the Crystal Palace for the London Exhibition of 1851.
Incredibly, he designed this giant, intricate building in less than 9 days on a piece of blotting paper.
The building itself was erected in just six months, with 293,655 panes of glass, 330 huge iron columns and 24 miles of gutters.
These days he is best remembered for his very high quality botanical periodicals such as Paxton’s Magazine of Botany which was published in 16 volumes from 1834-49.
Paxton’s prints tend to be harder to find and more expensive than other 19th century botanicals.
If you look in galleries in cities such as London you will often see similar prints by Paxton for sale for many hundreds of US Dollars.