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    Curtis, William Curtis, William - 050 Description: Flora Londinensis Date: 1817 Condition of Plate: Overall excellent Condition o.. Product #: curtis-050 Regular price: $360.00 $360.00 In Stock

    William Curtis - Great Hairy Willow-Herb

    Product Code: curtis-050
    Availability: In Stock
    Weight: 0.00lb
    Dimensions: 0.00in x 11.50in x 19.00in

    Price: $360.00

    • Description: Flora Londinensis
    • Date: 1817
    • Condition of Plate: Overall excellent
    • Condition of Work: Overall excellent
    • Paper Size: 11.5″ by 19″
    • Image Size: 9.75″ by 15″

    William Curtis’s Flora Londinensis

    These magnificent hand-colored folio engravings are from the expanded edition of William Curtis’s work Flora Londinensis published in 1817. This second edition was published on a better paper than the first. The prints are on a whiter wove paper compared to the grayish chain lined paper of the first edition.

    Curtis lived in London and worked as a pharmacist but his interest in the natural world, particularly plants and insects, soon overtook his life. In 1777, the first volume of Flora Londnensis was available to the public. This is considered to be Curtis’s best work and it was the first all-inclusive study of the plant life of England.

    There were only about 300 copies of this work published in the first edition. To complete this sizable project of 432 engravings, Curtis employed several colorists whose talents varied. Artists that contributed to the work include James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn.

    The prints are on fine wove paper measuring approximately 11.5″ by 19.5″.

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