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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)


Plate 1419
(fold-out double)
$85

  


Plate 1447
(fold-out double)
$95

  


Plate 1460
(fold-out double)
$120

  


Plate 1474
(fold-out double)
$100

  


Plate 1481
(fold-out double)
$110

  


Plate 1488
(fold-out double)
$150

  


Plate 1546
(fold-out double)
$150

  


Plate 1606A
(fold-out double)
$120

  

Papaya or Papaw Tree
Plate 2898
Carica Papaya or Papaw Tree
(text included)
(fold-out double)
$150

  

Plaited-leaved Crinum
Plate 2908
Plaited-leaved Crinum
(text included)
(fold-out double)
$150

  


Plate 2944
(fold-out double)
$150

  

Clusia-leaved Peperomia
Plate 2943
Clusia-leaved Peperomia
(text included)
(fold-out double)
$100

  


Plate 2955
(fold-out double)
$115

  

Columbo Plant
Plate 2970
Columbo Plant
(text included)
(fold-out double)
$115

  


Plate 2971
(fold-out double)
$65

  


Plate 3220
(fold-out double)
$115

  


Plate 3374
(fold-out double)
$85

  


Plate 3402
(fold-out double)
$135

  


Plate 3535
(fold-out double)
  


Plate 3741
(fold-out double)
$85

  


Plate 3765
(fold-out double)
$120

  


Plate 3946
(fold-out double)
$95

  

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