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[Anemone and Flowers.]
[Anemone and Flowers.]
[n.d., c.1850.]
Watercolour. Sheet: 205 x 185mm (8 x 7¼'').
A very fine amateur illustration of wild flowers.
[Ref: 51073]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Aspin.
Aspin.
J. Cozens [scratched in image lower right.]
Pub, July 1. 1814, by W.H. Pyne, Cecil Stt. Strand.
Soft ground etching in sepia, 325 x 390mm. Trimmed into plate lower left, ink stains upper left (outside image).
The artist is John Robert Cozens (1752 - 1797), son of Alexander Cozens (1717 - 1786), the drawing master and landscape-painter in water-colours. From the 1814 edition of his 'Series of 13 Trees' first published in 1789, and with the original publication line faintly visible in image lower left. On J. Whatman paper watermarked 1813.
[Ref: 8011]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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The Royal Charlotte Auricula.
The Royal Charlotte Auricula.
Printed for Carington Bowles, N.o 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London.
Fine & very rare mezzotint. 355 x 245mm (14 x 9¾"). False margins added. A tiny amount of time staining in the publication line.
A fantastic image. Still life of a pink primula auricula in a plant pot. A bird, likely a bullfinch, perches on the lip of the pot and a butterfly, possibly a monarch, sits on the leaves.
Gordon Dunthorne Flower and Fruit Prints p223.
[Ref: 54818]   £1,800.00  
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[Canada Ladies Slipper] Helleborine Canadensis, sive Calceolus Mariæ.
[Canada Ladies Slipper] Helleborine Canadensis, sive Calceolus Mariæ.
N. Robert del. et scul.
[n.d., c.1788.]
Rare engraving. 405 x 305mm (16 x 12"), large margins. Creased, old ink mss addition to the title.
A botanical illustration of the Canada Ladies Slipper orchid. Nicolas Robert (1614-85), appointed Painter of Miniatures to Louis XIV in 1664, contributed thirty-nine plates (of 319) to 'Estampes pour servir a l'histoire des Plantes' by botanist Denis Dodart (1634-1707). The work was begun in 1667 and stalled in 1692 due to lack of funds (Louis XIV's wars); sets were printed in 1701 and 1788, neither of which were sold to the public, merely given as royal gifts, making this an extremely rare series.
[Ref: 52987]   £390.00   (£468.00 incl.VAT)

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[Frontispiece]
[Frontispiece] A Collection of Flowers drawn after Nature & disposed in an Ornamental & Picturesque Manner, by J: Edwards, F.S.A.
John Edwards Inv.t et Sculpt.
Publish'd as the Act directs Dec.r 15.th 1783
Stipple engraving with mezzotint border, platemark 340 x 250mm (13¼ x 9¾"). Slight foxing.
Three putti garlanding a monument on which sits a vase of flowers, with an easel and brushes in front. Frontispiece to John Edwards' extremely rare work 'A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature and disposed in an ornamental and picturesque manner', which was published complete in 1801 and described by Dunthorne as 'a superb and extremely rare work by a great artist, whose craftmanship is equal to the best of the 18th Century'.
Dunthorne 105; for other plates from this volume see refs. 18189 and 18190
[Ref: 31374]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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White Strip'd Roses.
White Strip'd Roses.
[Drawn & etched by John Edwards.]
[n.d., c.1790.]
Etching with original hand colour. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"), on laid paper watermarked 'J. Whatman', very large margins. Tears in wide margins, paper spotted and toned.
A bouquet of roses tied with a blue ribbon. A plate from John Edwards' extremely rare work 'A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature and disposed in an ornamental and picturesque manner', published complete in 1801, but the laid paper suggests this was printed much earlier.
Dunthorne, 105: "A superb and extremely rare work by a great artist...''. Provenance: Hooton Pagnell Hall, Yorkshire.
[Ref: 44103]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Carnations.] No 23. [etched in reverse.]
[Carnations.] No 23. [etched in reverse.]
[Drawn and etched by John Edwards.]
[Published 1783-1801.]
Etching with fine original hand colour. Printed area 330 x 230mm (13 x 9"), on laid paper watermarked 'J. Whatman' very large margins, mint.
A plate from John Edwards' extremely rare work 'A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature and disposed in an ornamental and picturesque manner', published complete in 1801, but the laid paper suggests this was printed much earlier.
Dunthorne, 105: "A superb and extremely rare work by a great artist...''. Provenance: Hooton Pagnell Hall, Yorkshire.
[Ref: 40214]   £420.00  
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[Ornamental flower plate.] No 33.
[Ornamental flower plate.] No 33.
Edwards del.t et sculp.
Pub.d as the Act directs Dec.r 24, 1788.
Hand coloured etching. 340 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). Trimmed close to plate.
A plate from John Edwards' extremely rare work 'A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature and disposed in an ornamental and picturesque manner', published complete in 1801. Finely-coloured garlands are draped over an ornamental design containing an allegorical figure of a muse, with one vignette of a music book, pipe and horn above, and another of a painter's palette and a lyre below. The whole is presented in an oval with a blue-washed border.
Dunthorne, 105: ''A superb and extremely rare work by a great artist... The colouring is particularly fine owing to the use of a pale printer's ink''.
[Ref: 18189]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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[Ornamental flower plate.] No 59.
[Ornamental flower plate.] No 59.
Edwards del.t et sculp.
Pub.d as the Act directs June 24th, 1795.
Hand coloured etching. Sheet 330 x 250mm (13 x 9¾"). Trimmed, pin holes in unprinted corner.
A plate from John Edwards' extremely rare work 'A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature and disposed in an ornamental and picturesque manner', published complete in 1801.
See: Ref 18189. Dunthorne, 105: "A superb and extremely rare work by a great artist...''.
[Ref: 18190]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Flora's Dictionary [Frontispiece]
Flora's Dictionary [Frontispiece] Presented to Miss Mary A. Eaton by her Friend G.W.H.
Fielding Lucas Jr. Baltimore
Lithograph with hand-colouring and ms, sheet 255 x 200mm (10 x 8"). Rare.
Frontispiece to 'Flora's Dictionary' by Elizabeth Gamble Wirt (1784-1857), first published anonymously in 1829, a dictionary of flowers
[Ref: 40087]   £150.00   (£180.00 incl.VAT)
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[Twelve Months of Flowers] The Flower-Garden Display'd, In Above Four Hundred Curious Representations Of the most Beautiful Flowers;
[Twelve Months of Flowers] The Flower-Garden Display'd, In Above Four Hundred Curious Representations Of the most Beautiful Flowers; Regularly dispos'd in the respective Months of their Blossom, Curiously Engrav'd on Copper-Plates Fom [sic] the Designs of Mr. Furber, and Others, And Coloured to the Life... The Second Edition.
Ja.s Smith sc.
Printed for R. Montague, at the Corner of Great Queen-street, near Drury-Lane; J. Brindley, at the King's Arms, New-bond-street; and C. Corbett, at Addison's Head, without Temple Bar, MDCCXXXIV [1734.]
Letterpress title, printed in black and red, and twelve plates with fine original hand colour, some 18th century watermark. Plates 225 x 150mm (9 x 6"). Small margins. Some mount burn.
A rare complete set of the quarto versions of Robert Furber's 'Twelve Months of Flowers' each showing a display of at least 30 flowers in an urn. These were first published in 1732, two years after the folio versions.
Dunthorne 114.
[Ref: 54923]   £2,300.00   view all images for this item
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[Set of Twelve Months. Flowers.]
[Set of Twelve Months. Flowers.]
[n.d., c.1770.]
Twelve mezzotints. Sheets c.120 x 165mm (4¾ x 6½").Mezzotint. Sheet: 120 x 165mm (4¾ x 6½"). Trimmed within plates, some small pin holes.
Extremely rare & fine set of 18th century flower prints, depicting a vase of flowers for each month set in an oval, accompanied by names of flowers depicted. In a similar fashion to Robert Furber's famous set of twelve months, these plates might be providing information as to what seeds or flowers are available in the various months.A set of twelve months depicting a vase of flowers for each month set in an oval, accompanied by names of flowers depicted. In a similar fashion to Robert Furber's famous set of twelve months, these plates might be providing information as to what seeds or flowers are available in the various months.
[Ref: 37477]   £2,500.00   view all images for this item
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[Bouquet with chrysanthemums, tied with a ribbon.]
[Bouquet with chrysanthemums, tied with a ribbon.]
[n.d., c.1650.] Bit later.
Etching. Sheet 185 x 135mm (7¼ x 5¼"). Trimmed into the printed border.
Similar in style to the series of flower studies after Nicolas Guillaume Delafleur (1608-63), first published by Cornelis Danckerts in 1638.
[Ref: 51473]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Bouquet with tulip and carnation, tied with a ribbon, with butterfly.]
[Bouquet with tulip and carnation, tied with a ribbon, with butterfly.]
[n.d., c.1650.] Bit later.
Etching. Sheet 185 x 135mm (7¼ x 5¼"). Trimmed into the printed border.
Similar in style to the series of flower studies after Nicolas Guillaume Delafleur (1608-63), first published by Cornelis Danckerts in 1638.
[Ref: 51471]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Flowers from Nature.
Flowers from Nature.
[n.d., 1830s.]
Sketchbook, 4to, original full morocco gilt, title (as above) on front board, all edges gilt; 24 floral watercolours on card, interleaved with paper, album completed. Edges of binding scuffed and worn.
An album of 24 good amateur watercolours of bouquets of flowers, each signed by either 'Emma', 'Alice', 'Bessie' or 'George', suggesting a family.
[Ref: 37173]   £1,200.00   view all images for this item
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[Forget-me-nots.]
[Forget-me-nots.]
Hall Thorpe [pencil signature].
Published by Hall Thorpe, London. Copyright U.S.A. 1922.
Coloured woodblock, signed in pencil. 272 x 229mm (10¾ x 9"), with large margins.
John Hall Thorpe (1874-1947), the Australian-born artist, who learnt the art of colour woodblock printing in the early 1890's while still living in Sydney. In 1902 he moved to London and soon became one of the foremost exhibitors at the Colour Woodcut Society, formed in 1920, and by 1930 his woodcuts were sold worldwide.
[Ref: 34778]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Set of four fruit prints, presented within separately-printed rococo borders.]
[Set of four fruit prints, presented within separately-printed rococo borders.]
[Fruit after Johann Wilhelm Weinmann.]
[Regensburg: Hieronymus Lentz, 1737-1745.]
Four very decorative engravings, printed in colours and hand-finished, trimmed with horticultural-themed etched borders pasted over. Total printed area 480 x 350mm (19 x 13¾"). Some spotting, worm holes in margins, two plates with fruits named in old ink mss.
Four fine fruit prints in a unique presentation, within identical, near-contemporary extra borders designed for such usage. The same design is printed on the reverse of the sheet. The fruit come from volumes three and four of Weinmann's 'Phytanthoza iconographia', a work famous for the quality of its colour printing.
[Ref: 52949]   £1,200.00   view all images for this item
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Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 6.
Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 6.
D'apres Mad.e P. Girardin. Imp. Lemercier Paris.
Publié par Goupil et C.ie, Paris. New York, Londres, Berlin. [n.d., c.1860.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 490 x 330mm (19¼ x 13"), large margins with publisher's blind stamp. Some spotting.
After Pauline Girardin von Schultz.
[Ref: 50367]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[Carnations] Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 5.
[Carnations] Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 5.
D'apres Mad.e P. Girardin. Imp. Lemercier Paris.
Publié par Goupil et C.ie, Paris. New York, Londres, Berlin. [n.d., c.1860.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 490 x 330mm (19¼ x 13"), large margins, publisher's blind stamp. Some spotting.
After Pauline Girardin von Schultz.
[Ref: 50366]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[Roses] Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 1.
[Roses] Fleurs a l'Aquarelle. 1.
D'apres Mad.e P. Girardin. Imp. Lemercier Paris.
Publié par Goupil et C.ie, Paris. New York, Londres, Berlin. [n.d., c.1860.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 490 x 330mm (19¼ x 13"), large margins, publisher's blind stamp. Pinhole in image, some spotting.
After Pauline Girardin von Schultz.
[Ref: 50365]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[A Tree Nymph in Classical Landscape.]
[A Tree Nymph in Classical Landscape.]
F. Romanell del. C. Bloemaert sculp.
[n.d., c.1646.] Bit later
Engraving, 18th century watermark. Plate: 305 x 215mm (12 x 8½''). Central crease.
A scene showing figures kneeling before a part-human part tree figure, lying on the ground is a river diety. An illustration from 'Hesperides sive de Malorum Aureorum cultura...' by Giovanni battista Ferrari 1646 which was a scientific study of exotic fruits.
[Ref: 50102]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Hibiscus. [in pencil.]
Hibiscus. [in pencil.]
[JB 26?][Signed with chinese character.]
[n.d., c.1805.]
Watercolour. J. Whatman 1805 watermark. Sheet: 370 x 470mm (14½ x 18½"). Some staining around edges.
A painting of a hibiscus flower, probably a chinese export painting made by Chinese artists and exported to Europe, these paintings typically depicted natural history subjects and chinese life.
[Ref: 44813]   £650.00  
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[Hollyhocks.]
[Hollyhocks.]
March 10 1857. G Baxter Proprietor and Patentee London. [after Bartholomew Valentine.]
A fine Baxter print, with vibrant colour. Image 370 x 265mm (14½ x 10½"), on backboard. Backboard stained at edges.
A group of Hollyhocks after Valentine Bartholomew (1799-1879), 'Flower Painter in Ordinary to the Queen' from 1837. His 'Azaleas ' and 'Camellias' are in the Victoria & Albert Museum. A fine example of a Baxter print, in which oil-based paints were printed from multiple woodblocks over an etched or aquatint outline. Despite the fine results the process was soon superceded by chromolithography, which was much more cost-effective.
CL 276A
[Ref: 51307]   £420.00  
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Papyrus.
Papyrus.
Designed by W. Daniell.
[n.d., c.1807.]
Aquatint. Sheet: 130 x 210mm (5 x 8¼"). Trimmed to platemark
A view illustrating the natural habitat of the papyrus plant, shown alongside two egrets with the pyramids in the distance. An illustration from 'Zoography' by W. Wood published in 3 vols. 1807.
[Ref: 45960]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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The Passion Flower was discovered in the Brazil's,
The Passion Flower was discovered in the Brazil's, and its wonders soon proclaimed it to the Christian Kingdoms as representing the passion of our Lord, whence its present appreciation... On one of the species (the pass a flora alata) even the drops of blood are to be seen un the cross, or tree, the flower keeps open three days, and then disappears, emblematic of our Saviour's resurrection.
[n.d. c.1820.]
Hand-coloured, embossed, plate with hand-written text. Unique. Sheet 360 x 247mm (14¼ x 9¾").
The passiflora alata, the winged-stem passion flower, is native to the Amazon from Peru to eastern Brazil. The name refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of the plant as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion.
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The Pocock Fig Tree, Oxford, as it Appeared before the Fire in 1809.
The Pocock Fig Tree, Oxford, as it Appeared before the Fire in 1809.
Drawn & Eng.d by J. & H. S. Stoner for the Port Folio.
Pub.d by Sherwood & Co. July 1. 1824.
Engraving. Plate: 150 x 100mm (6 x 4'') large margins.
A view of the ancient fig tree which once grew in Oxford. It was brought from Syria in 1648 by the naturalist Edward Pocock and planted in Oxford. The plant is covered in lead to protect the trunk and branches from the weather. In 1806 there was a fire which nearly destroyed the tree, the lead was also stolen so the tree started to decay.
[Ref: 49311]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Red Cedar. In the Grounds at Wimbledon House.
Red Cedar. In the Grounds at Wimbledon House. Plate 21. [top right-hand corner]
H.W. Burgess delt. 1829. Printed by C. Hullmandel.
[J.Dickinson, 114 New Bond Street, London.]
Lithograph. 432 x 348mm. 17" x 13¾". Cut and laid on paper.
From 'Eidodendron : views of the general character and appearance of trees foreign and indigenous connected with picturesque scenery'. (published 1827)
[Ref: 8773]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Bouquet de Roses.
Bouquet de Roses.
Carle delin. Duruisseau Sc. Bonnet direx.
A Paris, Chez Bonnet, rue St Jacques, au coin de celle de la Parcheminerie [n.d., c.1780].
Crayon-manner etching, printed in red and green, fantastic piece of colour printing. Sheet 280 x 195mm (11 x 7¾"). Trimmed within plate.
A fine example of colour printing, with the colour printed from two plates, with no hand retouching. The publisher, Louis Marin Bonnet, was the inventor of crayon manner. He operated from the above address between 1776 and 1789. The engraver, L. F. Duruisseau, also engraved for Pierre-Joseph Redouté.
See Dunthorne 211 for a print probably from the same series. Collection J. Herold.
[Ref: 54911]   £390.00  
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Webbs' Superb Strains of Florists' Flowers.
Webbs' Superb Strains of Florists' Flowers. Webbs' Excelsior Gloxinia. Webbs' Perfection Cyclamen. Webbs' Exquisite Primula. Celosia Huttoni. Webbs' New Petunia. Webbs' Superb Calceolaria. Webbs' Superb Cineraria.
G. Severeyns, Chromolith. Brussels.
Webb & Sons, The Queen's Seedsmen, Wordsley, Stourbridge [n.d., c.1885].
Chromolithograph. Sheet 275 x 210mm (10¾ x 8¼"). Glue stains on right edge, laid on album paper.
A sheet from a seed catalogue.
[Ref: 41842]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Sutton's Strains of Florist's Flowers.
Sutton's Strains of Florist's Flowers. Double Portulaca. Cineria. Dianthus. Calceolaria. Giant Cyclamen.
Ben George, London.
Sutton & Sons, The Queen's Seedsmen, Reading. [n.d., c.1890.]
Chromolithograph. Sheet 275 x 210mm (10¾ x 8¼"). Mounted on album paper.
A sheet from a seed catalogue.
[Ref: 41841]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Sutton's Tuberous-Rooted Begonias.
Sutton's Tuberous-Rooted Begonias.
Ben George, London.
Sutton & Sons, The Queen's Seedsmen, Reading. [n.d., c.1885.]
Chromolithograph. Sheet 275 x 210mm (10¾ x 8¼"). Mounted on album paper.
A sheet from a seed catalogue, with illustrations of six varieties, all red.
[Ref: 41840]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Seeds of these splendid varieties are included in Webbs' Popular Boxes of Floral Gems
Seeds of these splendid varieties are included in Webbs' Popular Boxes of Floral Gems at 5/, 7/6 & 10/6 each. Post Free.
G. Severeyns, Chromolith. Brussels.
Webb & Sons, The Queen's Seedsmen, Wordsley, Stourbridge [n.d., c.1885].
Chromolithograph. Sheet 275 x 210mm (10¾ x 8¼"). Glue stains on left, laid on album paper.
A sheet from a seed catalogue.
[Ref: 41843]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Candy Cane Sorrel.] Oxalis versicolor.
[Candy Cane Sorrel.] Oxalis versicolor.
[after James Sowerby.]
[London, 1790-3.]
Engraving with hand colour. 445 x 275mm (18 x 10¾"), on J. Whatman paper with large margins.
An illustration by James Sowerby (1757-1822) for James Edward Smith's 'Icones pictae plantarum rariorum descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae'.
[Ref: 50362]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[Satin Flower.] Sisyrinchium striatum,
[Satin Flower.] Sisyrinchium striatum,
[after James Sowerby.]
[London, 1790-3.]
Engraving with hand colour. 455 x 285mm (18 x 11¼"), on J. Whatman paper with large margins. Uncut.
An illustration by James Sowerby (1757-1822) for James Edward Smith's 'Icones pictae plantarum rariorum descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae'.
[Ref: 50363]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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The American Cowslip.
The American Cowslip.
Henderson del. Warner sculp.
London. Published May 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 550 x 450mm (21¾ x 17¾"). Framed, with page from original text pasted on backboard. Unexamined out of frame.
An illustration of the American Cowslip, a member of the genus 'Dodecatheon'. It was published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat, in this case with ships in the background.
Dunthorne: p.250, state i of ii.
[Ref: 52904]   £650.00  
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Cupid, Flora, Ceres, and Esculapius, Honouring the Bust of Linnaeus.
Cupid, Flora, Ceres, and Esculapius, Honouring the Bust of Linnaeus.
Russell R.A. & Opie R.A. pinx.t. Maddocks sculp.t.
London Pub.d Jan.y 1 1812 by Dr. Thornton.
Stipple. 375 x 270mm, 14¾ x 10½".
One of the frontispieces to the Lottery Edition of Dr Robert Thornton's 'Temple of Flora'. In an attempt to bring in revenue to pay for the publication of his large botanical plates, Thornton had this small folio edition produced and held a lottery with them as prizes. This too failed and Thornton became destitute.
See 47882 for coloured impression
[Ref: 16742]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A Group of Carnations.
A Group of Carnations.
Henderson pinx. Caldwell sculp.
London. Published April 2nd, 1803 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 510 x 390mm.
Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Third and last state.
[Ref: 6133]   £1,700.00  
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Hyacinths.
Hyacinths.
S. Edwards pinx.t. Warner sculp.t.
London. Published June 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 550 x 450mm (21¾ x 17¾"). On Whatman paper. Cut to plate on three sides.
Four varieties of hyacinths, published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. This is one of the few plates drawn by a professional botanical illustrator, in this case Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819).
Dunthorne: p.245, state ii of ii.
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Hyacinths.
Hyacinths.
S. Edwards pinx.t. Warner sculp.t.
London. Published June 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours, no added hand colouring. 550 x 450mm.
Four varieties of hyacinths, published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. This example is unusual in having no additional hand colour, instead relying on the quality of the colour printing. It is also one of the few plates drawn by a professional botanical illustrator, in this case Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819).
Dunthorne: p.245, state ii of ii.
[Ref: 40878]   £850.00  
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Indian Reed.
Indian Reed.
Henderson pinxt. Caldwall Sculpt.
London. Published by Dr. Thornton. 1804.
Coloured aquatint. Plate 538 x 412mm. 21¼ x 16¼".
From Dr. Thornton's "Temple of Flora" London: 1799-1807. Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. At Trinity College, Cambridge he turned away from the church towards medicine, having been inspired by the works of Linnaeus and Thomas Martyn's lectures. He went on to work at Guy's Hospital, London, where he later lectured in medical botany. Ht took some time off to travel abroad, whish is when he begain his ambitious work, the 'Temple of Flora', for which, he produced a total of thirty-three coloured plates. His original plan was to publish seventy folio-size plates, however the lack of public interest spelled disaster and Thornton died in poverty.
[Ref: 16504]   £720.00  
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The China Limodoron.
The China Limodoron.
Henderson pinx. Landseer sculp.
London Published by Dr. Thornton. Feb.y 1st. 1802.
Mezzotint with stipple, printed in colours and hand finished. First and only state, printed on Whatman paper. 530 x 405mm (20¾ x 16"). Large margins on 3 sides.
The Chinese Ground Orchid, phaius tankervilliae, from Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. The plates were issued separately between 1799 and 1807. Thornton employed a number of well-known artists; however 'Henderson' is known only for this series. The engraver, John Landseer (1769-1852) was father of the animal painter Edwin.
[Ref: 56243]   £850.00  
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The Maggot-bearing Stapelia.
The Maggot-bearing Stapelia.
Henderson pinx.t. Stadler sculp.t.
London Published July 1, 1801, by Dr. Thornton, Hinde Street.
Aquatint with some stipple & line, printed in colours, hand-finished. 530 x 400mm, 20¾ x 16". Smith watermark Tears repaired.
Stapelia hirsuta L. or Carrion Flower, from Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Here this South African plant is shown in an almost alpine environment. Hiding underneath is a snake. Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. At Trinity College, Cambridge he turned away from the church towards medicine, having been inspired by the works of Linnaeus and Thomas Martyn's lectures. He went on to work at Guy's Hospital, London, where he later lectured in medical botany. Ht took some time off to travel abroad, which is when he began his ambitious work, the 'Temple of Flora', for which he produced a total of 33 coloured plates. His original plan was to publish seventy folio-size plates, however the lack of public interest spelled disaster and Thornton died in poverty.
Dunthorne: p. 250, state ii of ii.
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The Oblique-Leaved Begonia.
The Oblique-Leaved Begonia.
Reinagle pinx.t. Caldwell sculp.t.
London. Published July 1, 1800 by Dr. Thornton.
Coloured aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 510 x 380mm (20 x 15") very large margins. Two small tears in margin.
'Begonia nitidia', introduced from Jamaica by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist on Cook's first circumnaviation. Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat.
Dunthorne: p. 248, state iii of iii.
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The Pontic Rhododendron.
The Pontic Rhododendron.
Henderson del. Caldwell sculp.
London. Published by Dr. Thornton, Dec.r 1st 1802.
Aquatint with stipple & line engraving, small margins,printed in colours and hand-finished. 530 x 405mm (21 x 16"). 2 small fly spots in sky.
An illustration of Rhododendron ponticum, or Common Rhododendron. It was published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat.
Dunthorne, p.250, only state.
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The Quadrangular Passion Flower.
The Quadrangular Passion Flower.
Henderson pinx.t. Hopwood sculp.t.
London. Published by Dr Thornton June 1st 1802.
Aquatint with stipple, printed in colours and hand-finished. Sheet 520 x 405mm (20½ x 16"). Trimmed within plate, small tear in top edge.
Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to have the plant in its natural habitat. Although originally from South America the plant is shown here climbing a column, with a Grecian temple in the background.
State iii of iii. Dunthorne, p.251: "One of the best examples of colour printing".
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The Snowdrop.
The Snowdrop.
Pether pinx.t. W.Ward, Engraver to H.R.H., the Duke of York, sculp.t.
London, Published by Dr Thornton, Sept.r 1804 [-1810].
Mezzotint and aquatint, printed in colours and hand finished, on heavy Whatman paper. 490 x 345mm, 19¾ x 13½".
Snowdrops and crocuses in the foreground, with a snow-covered cottage and village in the distance. Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat, and regarded as the finest English botanical colour-plate book.
Dunthorne: p.244, state III of III.
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The Superb Lily.
The Superb Lily.
Reinagle pinx.t. Earlom sculp.t.
London, Published June 1, 1799 by D.r Thornton.
Mezzotint, printed in colours and hand-finished. 475 x 355mm (18¾ x 14"), with large margins, watermarked 'J. Whatman 1794'. Colour faded.
An illustration of Lilium superbum, called the Turk's-cap lily or American Tiger Lily, native to the eastern and central regions of North America. One of the most desirable and plates from Dr Robert John Thornton's (1768-1837) 'Temple of Flora' (1799-1807), the greatest English colour-plate flower book, the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Thornton had two plates engraved (the other by William Ward), an extravagence that helped Thornton into bankruptcy.
Dunthorne p.249: plate 'B', state I of IV.
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The White Lily with Variegated-leaves.
The White Lily with Variegated-leaves.
Henderson pinx.t. Stadler sculp.t.
London Published Aug.t 1, 1800, by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint, printed in colours and hand-finished. 540 x 400mm, 21¼ x 16". Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Madonna Lily (Lilium candidum), native of the Middle East, from Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Here the plant is growing under the shadow of trees, with a clearing behind with a Grecian temple. Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. At Trinity College, Cambridge he turned away from the church towards medicine, having been inspired by the works of Linnaeus and Thomas Martyn's lectures. He went on to work at Guy's Hospital, London, where he later lectured in medical botany. Ht took some time off to travel abroad, which is when he began his ambitious work, the 'Temple of Flora', for which he produced a total of 33 coloured plates. His original plan was to publish seventy folio-size plates, however the lack of public interest spelled disaster and Thornton died in poverty.
Dunthorne: p. 249, state i of iv.
[Ref: 52905]   £650.00  
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[Tree study.]
[Tree study.]
[Anon., c.1810.]
Scarce and early pen lithograph, coarse laid paper, sheet 305 x 220mm. 12 x 8¾". Sheet trimmed close to printed border.
A damaged tree beside a lake, a figure fishing beyond. Artist unidentified.
[Ref: 21456]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[Tree study.]
[Tree study.]
J. West 1809.
Published by J West, 1809.
Scarce and early lithograph, from a drawing book; 220 x 310mm. 8¾ x 12¼". Lightly soiled and foxed, else a fine impression with full margins.
Sketch of the knarled trunk of an old tree. Plate numbered '15' upper right.
[Ref: 21454]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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