Botanical Flora Londinensis.


Flora Londinensis, or, Plates and descriptions of such plants as grow wild in the environs of London 1


Flora Londinensis described the flora found in the London region of the mid 18th century.Published by William Curtis in six large volumes. The descriptions of the plants included hand-coloured copperplate prints by botanical artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards and William Kilburn. First volume was produced in 1777 and the final one, containing title and index,  published in 1798. A  name is given for each species in the survey; common and other names are also ascribed .  Previous works on the flora of Britain had been intended for the audience of scientists, apothecaries, and the earlier herbalists.  Curtis was praefectus horti (Director, Society of Apothecaries) at the Chelsea Physic Garden and a botanist with a broad knowledge of exotic species.  Curtis intended documenting the flowering species within a 10-mile radius of London, commissioning several painters / illustrators to produce hand-coloured copper engravings to accompany the pages. He undertook writing descriptions, publishing, and sales of the volumes, producing six fascicles of twelve issues, each containing six plates. The final survey eventually came to include many species found in southern England and a few more besides. Despite praise for the importance of the volumes, the work was not produced beyond 300 copies so stupidly rare and at present very very underpriced. The  later publication by Curtis, The Botanical Magazine, was to be a greater financial success but poorer pics . Sowerby, who helped to publish the volumes and give over seventy of the plates, went on to produce natural history publications in a similar format.

The page is folio but all images differ in size all colour is original as sold when new,

for those who prefer the rare these were the ones Curtis preferred ** Smaller images are priced less all @ £95 will be full page engravings**

  More of the £35 ones for the weekend



Stellaria Media
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /





Polygonum Aviculare
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £55 inc delivery



veronica Anagallis
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery/




Cistus  Helianthemeum
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £75 inc delivery /




Potentilla Repatans
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £75 inc delivery/






 

Chironia centaurium
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in good condition  £95 inc delivery some marks in margin/






Circaea lutetiana, / enchanter's-nightshade large

Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery/


Carex pendula / large sedge large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery/



Medicago polymorpha/ Clover
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £75 inc delivery



Inula Pulicaria. Small Fleabane large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /



Sisymbrium Water Cress /water Rocket large no corner loss bad pic
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /

 


Chenopodium viride. Curtis land. Fig-leaved Goosefoot large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /

 


Geum urbanum, / wood avens, herb Bennet, colewort and St. Benedict's herb large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /



Lamium amplexicaule, commonly known as henbit dead-nettle, medium
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £55 inc delivery /



Medicago. Cupulina / hop
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £75 inc delivery /







Poterium Sanguisorba-- Common Burnet large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /




Chenopodium album  large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /

 


Epilobium villosum. Hoary Willow-Herb large
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /




Samolus Valerandi / water pimpernel

Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery /

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