Curtis's Flower Garden Displayed: 120 Plates from the Years 1787-1807 with New Descriptions by Tyler Whittle and Christopher Cook - William CurtisLeicester: Magna Books, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A hint of fading to the dust wrapper, a decent copy otherwise.
Contains: Colour plates;
From the cover: “William Curtis (1746-99) was born in Alton, Hants, at a time of increasing interest in plants and botanical exploration. His apprenticeship as an apothecary stimulated an interest in plants which continued throughout his lifetime. He became Garden Superintendent and Botanical Demonstrator of the Society of Apothecaries, but writing, lecturing, translating, and plant-hunting took up more and more of his time, and in 1778 he opened his own botanic garden. As its fame increased, he decided on a more ambitious project for the spreading of plant knowledge and in February 1787 published the first issue of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine which aimed to make ‘a display of the Flower Garden of ornamental Foreign plants cultivated in the open ground, the greenhouse, and the stove’. Most of the illustrations were done by Sydenham Edwards; each plate was hand-coloured and was accompanied by captions describing the plant’s name, synonyms, provenance, time of flowering, and notes on cultivation. Curtis’s Flower Garden Displayed contains colour reproductions of 120 plates selected by the authors from the first twenty-five bound volumes of the Botanical Magazine published between 1787 and 1807 They have been rearranged in the chronological order in which, so far as is known, they were introduced into cultivation, but Curtis’s original captions have been rewritten to incorporate the most recent available information on the plants. This is a book to delight both the botanical historian and the general reader.”