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Figures of the most Beautiful, Useful and Uncommon Plants described in the Gardener’s Dictionary...
(Published in London by P. Miller, 1755-1760)
(some prints are from the later, more rare 1794 and 1805 editions, as noted below thumbnail image)

Original 210 to 250-year-old hand-colored botanical engravings
The beautiful plates of this splendid and monumental work were all engraved after drawings by Ehret, Lancake, John Miller, and others.
"In the execution of the work no expense has been spared to render it as perfect as possible.
The drawings were taken from living plants, the engravings were most of them done under the author's inspection
and the plates have been carefully coloured from the original drawings"
[from the preface]

Sheet size: varies somewhat, but approximately 10.5 x 16 inches (26.7 x 40.6 cm)

"...The Gardener's Dictionary" by Philip Miller of the Chelsea Physic Garden was undoubtedly one of the most important works of the eighteenth century, both to botanists and gardeners. It went into numerous editions in England and abroad. André Michaux took it with him when he embarked on his prolonged plant-hunting sojourn in North America in 1785, and by the end of the century it was in use in Moscow. In order to keep the price reasonable, it was not illustrated; but in 1755 and 1760 two supplementary volumes of plates were published, for those who could afford them. The drawings were made by various hands, but the majority were executed by R. Lancake.
Abuliton
Plate III
Fig 1. ABUTILON frutescens lanuginosum...
Fig 2. ABUTILON Ribesii...
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.5 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
March 25, 1755
G.D. Ehret, pinxt.
J. Mynde, sculp
.
[chain-laid rag paper with
fleur-de-lis/crown watermark]
Some age toning and remnants of previous hinging tape on BACK of print
Abuliton
Plate IX
ANTHEMIS millefolia
Milfoil-leaved ANTEHMIS
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys , sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark]
Very minor age toning/splotching
$175
JUSTICIA Hyssopifolio
Plate XIII
JUSTICIA Hyssopifolio
Hysop-leaved Justicia, or Snap-Tree
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys , sculp.
[laid paper with 1794 J. Whatman watermark]
Very minor age toning/splotching
$250
Broad-leaved Alaternus
Plate XVI
Fig 1. RHAMNUS Alaternus L.
Broad-leaved Alaternus
Fig 2. RHAMNUS Alaternus B.
Narrow-leaved Alaternus
Sheet size (approx.):  10.25 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.125 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[1794 Whatman paper watermark]
Minor edge/corner wear
$225
ALOE africanam folius planis...
Plate XIX [A]
ALOE africanam folius planis...
Sheet size (approx.):  10 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
June 25, 1755
J. Mynde, sculp.
[chain-laid rag paper with
fleur-de-lis/crown watermark]
Note later edition print to right with different name
Original watercolor paint smears and minor smudging in margin
$175
ALOE carinata
Plate XIX [B]
ALOE carinata
Broadest-leaved Tongue Aloe
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
J. Mynde, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark]
Note: same print as to left, but probably from the 1794 or 1805 edition, different name of plant
Very minor age toning
$225
AMOMUM Zerumbet
Plate XXVI
AMOMUM Zerumbet
Broad-leaved Ginger, or Zerumbet
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
J. Mynde, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark]
Very minor age toning
$225
AMOMUM Zerumbet
Plate XXVI [B]
AMOMUM scapo nudo, spica oblonga obtusa Horts. Cliff.
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
July 29, 1755
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[laid paper with crown/Fleur-de-Lis/LVG
visible watermark]
Very minor age toning and a couple of very faint fox marks
$215
CUCUMIS ANGURIA
Plate XXXIII
CUCUMIS ANGURIA
Round prickly-fruited Cucumber
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark]
Major age toning, old acidic hinging tape on back of print, damp stain right margin extending into image area, short closed tear right margin outside of plate mark. Overall, still an attractive print, even with flaws.
$125
Best-Harrow
Plate XXXVI
ONONIS fruticosa
Purple-flowered Shrubby Best-Harrow
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Mounted/matted in 15.5 x 20 inch dark green mat
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark]
$250
ANTHEMIS Pyrenthrum
Plate XXXVIII
ANTHEMIS Pyrenthrum
Spanish Chamomile or
Pellitory of Spain
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 13.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
Ehret, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
Minor unobtrusive mottling of paper
ANTHEMIS Pyrenthrum
Plate XXXIX
Fig. 1: ANTERICUM altissimum, Tallest Anthericus
Fig. 2: Hypoxis decumbens, Trailing Hypoxis
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 13.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
Minor mottling of paper
$250
     
AMOMUM Zerumbet
Plate XLVII
Fig. 1: ARBUTUS Folio Flore oblongo fructa ovato
Fig. 2: ARBUTUS Folio serrato
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
Oct. 28, 1755
Ehret, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp.

[laid paper with crown/Fleur-de-Lis/LVG
visible watermark]
Some paper mottling and faint foxing; short tear right margin well outside plate mark
AMOMUM Zerumbet
Plate LI
Fig. 1: ARISTOLOCHIA Dematitis, Upright Birthwort
Fig. 2: ARISTOLOCHIA longa, Long-rooted Birthwort
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
Oct. 28, 1755
R. Lancake, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp.

[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
Extremely faint paper mottling
$275
HYPERICUM balearicum
Plate LIV
HYPERICUM balearicum
Warted St. John's Wort
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
T. Jeffrys, sculp.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
Some paper mottling and single note-worthy fox mark
$225
58 ASTRAGALUS Alpinus
Plate LVIII
ASTRAGALUS Alpinus procerior alopecuroides
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
Dec. 30, 1755
R. Lancake, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp.

[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
Single note-worthy fox mark in left margin well outside plate mark
$175
BAUHINIA foliis ovato-cordatis
Plate LXI
BAUHINIA foliis ovato-cordatis, lobis longissimis parallelis
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
Jan 27, 1756
R. Lancake, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp.

[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1805 edition]
A few original watercolor paint smears
$175
BAUHINIA foliis ovato-cordatis
Plate LXI [B]
BAUHINIA aurita
Long-eared Mountain Ebony
Sheet size (approx.):  9.875 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, delin.
T. Jeffrys, sculp.

[laid paper J Whatman 1794 watermark]
$225
POLYGONUM Bistorta
Plate LXVI
POLYGONUM Bistorta
Great Bistort or Snakeweed
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Mounted/matted in 15.5 x 20 inch dark green mat
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1794 or 1805 edition]
Somewhat mottled paper
$250
BUPLEURUM fruticosum
Plate LXXIIII
BUPLEURUM fruticosum
Common Shrubby Hare's-ear
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with 1794 J Whatman watermark]
Somewhat mottled paper, lightly foxed
$175
LEONURUS taraticus
Plate LXXX
LEONURUS taraticus
Tartarian Motherwort
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1794 or 1805 edition]
Very lightly mottled paper; soft crease upper left outside of plate mark
$150
CASSINE Peragua
Plate LXXXIII
Fig. 1: CASSINE Peragua, Cassioberry Bush Fig. 2: Ilex vomitoria, South Sea Tea, or Evergreen Cassine
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1794 or 1805 edition]
Numerous unobtrusive natural paper wrinkles (from laid paper-making process)
$250
CAUCALIS latifolia
Plate LXXXV
CAUCALIS latifolia
Broad-leaved Caucalis
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1794 or 1805 edition]
Numerous unobtrusive natural paper wrinkles (from laid paper-making process); some mottling; soiling outside of plate mark in upper left corner
$250
CEANOTHUS americanus
Plate LXXXVI
CEANOTHUS americanus
American Ceanothus,
or New Jersey Tea
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper with no visible watermark—
probably 1794 or 1805 edition]
Numerous unobtrusive natural paper wrinkles (from laid paper-making process); some mottling and very light foxing
$250
87 CELASTRUS spinis
Plate LXXXVII
CELASTRUS spinis nudis ramis teretibus foliis acutis
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
May 25, 1756
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[chain-laid paper with JButtanshaw watermark]
Light foxing
$150
91 CERINTHE major
Plate XCI
CERINTHE major
Great Honeywort
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper 1794 J Whatman watermark]
Light foxing
$225
Egyptian Field Basil
Plate XCV
CLINOPODIUM AEGYPTIACUM
Egyptian Field Basil
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 16.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.5 x 13 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper 1794 J Whatman watermark]
$250
LATHYRUS articulatus
Plate XCVI
LATHYRUS articulatus
Sheet size (approx.):  10.125 x 14.5 inches
Size to plate mark (approx.): 8.25 x 13.25 inches
Published according to the Act by P. Miller
R. Lancake, del.
J.S. Miller, sculp
.
[laid paper 1794 J Whatman watermark]
Moderate foxing at top
$225
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