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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 1402
$40

  

Northern Smilacina
Plate 1403
Northern Smilacina
(text included)
$45

  


Plate 1408
$35

  

Spiked Liatris
Plate 1411
Spiked Liatris
(text included)
$40

  


Plate 1413
$50

  


Plate 1417
$35

  


Plate 1418
$40

  

Yellow Cape-Commelina
Plate 1431
Yellow Cape-Commelina
(text included)
$40

  

Fringe-leaved Drimia
Plate 1444
Fringe-leaved Drimia
(text included)
$40

Annual Anthericum
Plate 1451
Annual Anthericum
(text included)
$45

Round-rooted Anthericum
Plate 1454
Round-rooted Anthericum
(text included)
$45

 

Hen and Chicken House-leek
Plate 1457
Hen and Chicken
House-leek
(text included)
$45

Smooth-scaled Gnidia
Plate 1463
Smooth-scaled Gnidia
(text included)
$35

Common Onion, Tree-Onion
Plate 1469
Common Onion
The Bulb-bearing Variety, or Tree-Onion
(text included)
$60

 

1470
Plate 1470
$35


Plate 1489


Plate 1497
$35


Plate 1503


Plate 1517
$30


Plate 1540
$40


Plate 1562
$35


Plate 1630
$25


Plate 1631
Chinese Arrowhead
(text included)
$55

Black-wooded Acacia
Plate 1659
Black-wooded Acacia
(text included)
$55

Cyme-flowered Diphylleia
Plate 1666
Cyme-flowered Diphylleia
(text included)
$55

Green-flowered Pittosporum
Plate 1684
Green-flowered Pittosporum
(text included)
$50

Green Autumnal Jonquil
Plate 1687
Green Autumnal Jonquil
(text included)
$35

Wing-stalked Verbesina
Plate 1716
Wing-stalked Verbesina
(text included)


Wing-stalked Verbesina
Plate 1734
Yellow-flowered Calea
(text included)
$40

Walnut-like Heynea
Plate 1738
Walnut-like Heynea
(text included)
$40

Narrow-petalled Pink
Plate 1739
Narrow-petalled Pink
(text included)
$40


Plate 1752
$55


Plate 1770
$45

Soft-leaved Lagasca
Plate 1804
Soft-leaved Lagasca
(text included)
$40

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