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John Hill (1714-1775)

John Hill produced eleven botanical works during his lifetime but his propensity to jump from project to project, career to career, apparently made his life unfulfilling and unhappy. His best known work, THE VEGETABLE SYSTEM which included 1546 hand colored, engraved plates took him sixteen years to complete but didn’t make him a profit. In 1760 he produced FLORA BRITANNICA, the first color plate book by an Englishman to employ Linnaeus’s system of nomenclature to arrange the plants.

THE VEGETABLE SYSTEM by John Hill. London, 1759-73.

  • Bright Weed Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    30-1/2 x 26-1/4 framed
    Price: $695
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  • Flax Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    30-1/2 x 26-1/4 framed
    Price: $695
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Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892)

W. H Fitch was the lithographer for A MONOGRAPH OF THE GENUS LILLIUM by Henry John Elwes (1846-1922). For a number of years he was the sole artist for all official publications issued by Kew Gardens. Thought to be one of the very best botanical illustrators of the time, he was also one of the most productive. Among his most important works in addition to GENUS LILLIUM was A CENTURY OF ORCHIDACIOUS PLANTS (1851), and J. Bateman’s A MONOGRAPH OF ODONTOGLOSSUM (1864-74). Fitch collaborated with W.J. Hooker, the editor of "Curtis’ Botanical Magazine", on several other important works.

A MONOGRAPH OF THE GENUS LILLIUM by Henry John Elwes. London, 1877-80.

  • Lilium Bulbiferum
  • Lilium Davuricum

Emanuel Sweert (1552-1612)

Emanuel Sweert produced what is considered the first nurserymen’s catalog and was one of the first artists to depict the bulb distinct from the plant. His plates of flowers were appealingly placed on each page. The copper plate engravings were then hand colored.

FLORILEGIUM AMPLISSUMUM et SELECTISSIMUM. By Emanuel Sweert. Amsterdam, 1612 (1631).

  • Asphodelus Ramosus Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    23-1/4 x 18-1/4 framed
    Price: $1,200
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  • Hyacinth Peruan Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    23-1/4 x 18-1/4 framed
    Price: $1,200
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Basilius Besler (1561-1629)

A respected Nuremberg botanist and apothecary, Besler was also the curator of the garden of Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, prince bishop of Eichstatt in Bavaria. Besler was commissioned by the bishop to compile a codex of the plants growing in his garden at his palace at Willibaldsburg. Besler took sixteen years to complete the task. Sadly, the bishop died shortly before the work was published. Hortus Eystettensis had a major impact on the world of botanical art. The flowers, vegetables, fruit, herbs, and exotic plants were laid out on each plate in a very artistic manner, and nearly life-size. The work consisted of 367 copper plate engravings. There was an average of three plants per page, with a total of 1084 species of plants depicted. The first edition was printed in 1613 with approximately 300 copies made. There were two versions produced, the lesser expensive black and white copies and the luxury version, printed on higher quality paper and richly colored. Probably one of the most interesting characteristics of Besler’s work was that it was arranged according to the seasons, showing the flowering and the fruiting stages of the plants. Winter, with its meager 7 plates of plants; then spring with 134 plates illustrating 454 plates, summer with 505 plants on 184 plates, and finally autumn with illustrations of 98 species on 42 plates. There were two later editions published in Nuremberg in 1640 and 1713. The same plates were used for the 2nd and 3rd editions. The plates were destroyed by the Royal Mint of Munich in 1817.

HORTUS EYSTETTENSIS (Garden at Eichstatt) By Basilius Besler. Nuremberg, 1640.

  • iris

Johann Weinmann

Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia was a mammoth work for the time period, consisting of four volumes with a total of 1,026 plates. Most originals were done by G.D. Ehret among other famous botanical artists.

PHYTANTHOZA ICONOGRAPHIA by Johann Weinmann. Regensburg (1737-45).

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Apocynum seu Fritillaria
  • Aloe Mucronato

Plates from THE BRITISH FLOWER GARDEN – by Robert Sweet. London, 1831.

  • Plate 114 Handcolored copperplate engravings
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 146 Handcolored copperplate engravings
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 196 Handcolored copperplate engravings
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 223 Handcolored copperplate engravings
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 48 Handcolored copperplate engravings
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48

FERNS: BRITISH AND EXOTIC Volume VII, by E.J. Lowe. London, 1859.

  • Plate 13
  • Plate 23
  • Plate 28
  • Plate 6
  • Plate 62

TRAITES DES FRUITIERS ET ARBUSTES, by Duhamel du Monceau. Paris, 1768.

  • Plate 152 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    10-1/2 x 8-1/2 image
    16-1/2 x 14-1/2 matted
    Price: $395
  • Plate 338 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    10-1/2 x 8-1/2 image
    16-1/2 x 14-1/2 matted
    Price: $395
  • Plate 6 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    10-1/2 x 8-1/2 image
    16-1/2 x 14-1/2 matted
    Price: $395

THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE, by William Curtis. London, 1787 - 1826.

  • Plate 1089 Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    9 x 5-1/2 image
    Price: $150
  • Plate 1174 Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    9 x 5-1/2 image
    Price: $75
  • Plate 2254 Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    9 x 5-1/2 image
    Price: $75
  • Plate 792 Hand-colored copperplate engraving
    9 x 5-1/2 image
    Price: $75

ORCHIDACEOUS PLANTS, by Robert Warner. London, 1865-1885.

  • Plate 1
  • Plate 127
  • Plate 92

THE BOTANIST'S REPOSITORY FOR NEW AND RARE PLANTS, by Henry C. Andrews. London, 1797-1814.

  • Plate 192 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    11 x 8-1/2 image
    Price: $150
  • Plate 250 Hand Colored Copperplate Enrgaving
    11 x 8-1/2 image
    Price: $250
  • Plate 28 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    11 x 8-1/2 image
    Price: $175
  • Plate 47 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    11 x 16-1/2 image
    Price: $250

TRAITE GENERAL DE VITACULTURE: AMPELOGRAPHIE. Chromolithography by F. Champenois.

  • Grapes Chromolithograph
    23-3/4 x 17-1/2 framed
    Price: $600

THE FLOWERING PLANTS, GRASSES, SEDGES, AND FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN, By Anne Pratt. London, 1855.

  • Plate 112
  • Plate 115
  • Plate 140
  • Plate 155
  • Plate 168

POMONA BRITANNICA, by George Brookshaw. London, 1817.

  • Plate 14 Line and stipple engravings-partially printed in color and finished by hand
    10-1/4 x 8-1/4 image
    Price: $895
  • Plate 16 Line and stipple engravings-partially printed in color and finished by hand
    10-1/4 x 8-1/4 image
    Price: $895
  • Plate 27 Line and stipple engravings-partially printed in color and finished by hand
    10-1/4 x 8-1/4 image
    Price: $895

THE FERNS OF NORTH AMERICA, by Daniel C. Eaton. Boston, 1893.

  • Plate 73 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    19-1/4 x 16-1/2 framed
    Price: $310
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  • Plate 75 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    19-1/4 x 16-1/2 framed
    Price: $310
    SOLD
  • Plate 76 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    19-1/4 x 16-1/2 framed
    Price: $310
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EDWARD'S BOTANICAL REGISTER, by Sydenham Edwards. London, 1847.

  • Plate 65 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 68 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48
  • Plate 69 Hand Colored Copperplate Engraving
    9-1/2 x 6 image
    Price: $48