William Curtis Botanical Magazine 1st Edition Prints 1787

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Title Page of 1st volume in entire work
CAA22  $
Title Page
CAA23 $
Title Page, Vol 2
CAA24 $
Cypripedium Album. White-Petal'd Ladies Slipper.
CFE216 $45
Iris Persica. Persian Iris. First Print in entire work
Helleborus Niger. Black Hellebore, or Christmas Rose. CFE8 SOLD
Hemerocallis fulva. Tawny Day-Lily.
Lilium bulbiferum. Orange Lily
CAA2 $45
Gorteria Rigens. Rigid-Leav'd Gorteria.
CAA3 $35
Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis. China-Rose Hibiscus.
CAA4 $55
Papaver Orientale. Eastern Poppy. Best Poppy print in entire work CAA5 $115 Rosa muscosa. Moss Rose.
Gladiolus Cardinalis. Superb Gladiolus; or, Corn-Flag.
CAA7 $
Tagetes Patula. Spreading Tagetes, or French Marigold.
CAA8 $35
Amaryllis Vittata. Superb Amaryllis.
CAA9 $49
Hibiscus Syriacus. Syrian Hibiscus; commonly called Althæa Frutex.
CAA10 $
Franklin's Tartar. A Scarlet Bizarre Carnation.
CAA11  $
Camellia Japonica. Rose Camellia.
CAA12 $45
Michauxia Campanuloides. Rough-Leav'd Michauxia. CAA13 $45 Dianthus barbatus. Bearded pink. Sweet William.
Syringa Vulgaris. Common Lilac.
CAA15 $49
Primula Acaulis Fl. Pleno Carneo.
Double Lilac Primrose.
CAA16 $
Bellis Perennis var. Major Flore Pleno.
Great Double Daisy.
CAA17 $
Verbascum Myconi.
Borage-Leav'd Mullein.
CAA18 $
Passiflora Alata. Winged Passion Flower
Amaryllis formosissima. Jacobaean Amaryllis
CFE47 $49
Purple Rudbeckia Daisy
Iris Sambucina. Elder-scented Iris.
CFE187 $49
Iris variegata. Variegated Iris.
CFE16 $49
Iris ochroleuca. Tall Iris.
CFE61 $45
Michauxia Campanuloides. Rough-Leav'd Michauxia.
CAA13 $
Iris Susiana. Chalcedonian Iris.
CFE91 $55
Trillium sessile. Sessile Trillium.
CFE40 $35
Narcissus Bulbocodium. Hoop Petticoat Narcissus.
CFE88 $35

Narcissus Biflorus. Two-Flower'd Narcissus.
CFE197 $35

Narcissus Jonquilla. Common Jonquil.
Iris Spuria. Spurious Iris.
Narcissus major. Great Daffodil.
Iris Versicolor. Particoloured Iris.
CFE21 $49
Crocus vernus. Spring Crocus.
CFE45  $
Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis. China-Rose Hibiscus.
CAA4 $55
Narcissus odorus. Sweet-scented, or Great Jonquil.
CFE78 $45
Iris Versicolor. Particoloured Iris.
CFE21 $49
Leucojum vernum. Spring Snow Flake.
CFE46 $35
Clematis integrifolia. Entire-leaved Clematis, or Virgins-Bower. CFE242 $45
Cistus incanus. Hoary, or Rose Cistus.
CFE285 $35
Passiflora coerulea. Common Passion-Flower.
CFE28  $45
Monsonia speciosa. Large-flower'd Monsonia.
CF280 $35
E280 $45
Strelitzia Reginæ. Canna-leaved Strelitzia. Bird of Paradise, 2 prints.
CAA20 $125
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William Curtis Botanical Magazine 1st Edition Prints 1787

Those of you who love Curtis as much as we do will be pleased to see that we are offering a selection of all the greatest prints from the original 1st edition. This was the heyday of Curtis Botanical Magazine, when William Curtis himself was the guiding light and his band of buddies were the illustrators. As it was a new enterprise, following the Flora Londinensis, which had not been a commercial success, it was not printed in huge numbers. Consequently, these true first editions are hard to find, with the later reprinting being more common.

These early volumes are particularly prized for their lavish, beautifully hand colored large illustrations principally by the youthful Sydenham Teak Edwards, with a few in the early years by James Sowerby and William Kilburn. Though some say the later Edwards of the Botanical Register are superior, we are convinced that Edwards poured his creative energy into the early years of the Curtis Botanical Magazine & his talent was largely spent by the time he left to start his own magazine. There is a formulaic quality to the Edwards that the Curtis, with their freshness and beauty of line, rarely have. Even now, after a lifetime of Curtis prints, we are still left in awe of their beauty. Some of the early prints are among the best in the entire work.

The condition of these prints is remarkable for a work that is over 220 years old, with strong plate marks and dates. There is little or no foxing, with characteristic strong plate marks and brilliant hand colouring. The first six volumes of this run are on the characteristic early chain lined paper, which is darker in color than the later volumes. Each single measures approximately 5 ½ inches by 9 inches. Prints are accompanied by the relevant original descriptive text. The genuine first edition of the Curtis is becoming exceedingly rare and we have not seen a set for over 6 years, so we consider it very fortunate to revisit this perennial favourite.

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