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Mandragora.

By MANDRAKE PLANT) Lancake, R. (drawn by). J. Miller (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. 1757.. Handcolored engraving, image size 12 3/4 x 8 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. Fine condition. This is a beautiful copperplate engraving on antique rag laid paper, plate CLXXIII from Figures of the Most Beautiful, useful and uncommon Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary published by Philip Miller in London, and dated on the plate 1757. It was drawn by R. Lancake and engraved by J. Miller. Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the chief gardener at the Chelsea Physick Garden in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his extensive knowledge of plants. Included are small botanical details. "Because mandrakes contain deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids and the shape of their roots often resembles human figures, they have been associated with a variety of superstitious practices throughout history. They have long been used in magic rituals..." (wikipedia.) These larger, folio size 18th century botanical prints are now quite scarce as they were produced in limited numbers. Paper was then quite expensive and the potential market for the publications still quite small; only in the 19th century did an expanding middle class fuel the publication of many relatively affordable botanical publications of smaller size (such as William Curtis's Botanical Magazine and other botanical publications modelled after it). .

$265.00

Mesembranthemum
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Mesembranthemum

By EHRET) Ehret, G. D. (drawn by). I. Miller (engraved by)

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1757.. Copperplate engraving with handcolor (likely modern handcolor), plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches, very clean, bright condition. With descriptive text sheet. Plate CLXXVII from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret: Flower Painter Extraordinary"). .

$235.00

Fig. 1. Turnera Angustifolia. Narrow Elm-leaved Turners. Fig. 2. Turnera Ulmifolia. Broad Elm-leaved Turnera
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Fig. 1. Turnera Angustifolia. Narrow Elm-leaved Turners. Fig. 2. Turnera Ulmifolia. Broad Elm-leaved Turnera

By Miller, I. (drawn and engraved by)

London.: P. Miller.. 1805.. Handcolored engraving, plate area 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Faint toning to lower margin (entering into lower right corner of image), some faint scattered foxing, soft crease to upper left corner; a bright, clean image. This is a beautiful copperplate engraving, plate CCLXVIII from Figures of the Most Beautiful, useful and uncommon Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary. The paper has a "John Hall 1805" watermark and is presumabley from a later edition. Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the chief gardener at the Chelsea Physick Garden in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his extensive knowledge of plants. .

$125.00

Acacia foliis pinnatis conjugatis...
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Acacia foliis pinnatis conjugatis...

By EHRET) Ehret, G. D. (drawn by). J. Miller (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1759.. Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. A few faint spots in margin, very clean, bright condition. Plate CCXCI from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret: Flower Painter Extraordinary"). .

$265.00

Lathyrus, Latifolius minor, flore majore Boerh. Ind. 158.
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Lathyrus, Latifolius minor, flore majore Boerh. Ind. 158.

By SWEET PEA) Lancake, R. (drawn by). I. Miller (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1757.. Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. A few faint fox spots to lower left image, overall very clean, bright condition. Lovely image of pink and white sweet peas. Plate CLX from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. .

$265.00

Mimosa, aculeata foliis bipinnatis
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Mimosa, aculeata foliis bipinnatis

By MIMOSA - CENTRAL AMERICA) Houst (illus). J. Miller (engraved by)

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1757.. Copperplate engraving with later hand color, image 12 1/2 x 8 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. Light offsetting, overall clean and bright. WITH ACCOMPANYING TEXT SHEET. The text sheet states that the three types of mimosa were collected by Dr William Houstoun at La Vera Cruz, New Spain. This is a beautiful copperplate engraving on antique rag laid paper, plate CLXXXII from Figures of the Most Beautiful, useful and uncommon Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary published by Philip Miller in London, and dated on the plate 1757. Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the chief gardener at the Chelsea Physick Garden in London and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his extensive knowledge of plants. On the left is a lupin with blue flowers; on the right a member of the Campion family. Small botanical details are included. These larger, folio size 18th century botanical prints are now quite scarce as they were produced in limited numbers. Paper was then quite expensive and the potential market for the publications still quite small; only in the 19th century did an expanding middle class fuel the publication of many relatively affordable botanical publications of smaller size (such as William Curtis's Botanical Magazine and other botanical publications modelled after it). .

$125.00

Acacia non spinosa...
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Acacia non spinosa...

By EHRET) Ehret, G. D. (drawn by). J. Mynde (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1757.. Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. A few faint spots to outer edges (not affecting image), very good condition. Plate IV from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret: Flower Painter Extraordinary"). .

$265.00

Ricinus, foliis peltasis...
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Ricinus, foliis peltasis...

By EHRET) Ehret, G. D. (drawn by). I. Miller (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1756.. Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches. A few faint foxing spots and mended short edge tears (outside plate area), very clean, bright condition. Plate CCXIX from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret: Flower Painter Extraordinary"). .

$265.00

Aster Carolinianus pilosus Conyzae...
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Aster Carolinianus pilosus Conyzae...

By EHRET) Ehret, G. D. (drawn by). J. Mynde (engraved by).

London.: P. Miller.. Copyright 1755.. Copperplate engraving with later hand color, plate size 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 1/2 x 10 inches, very clean, bright condition. Plate LVII from Philip Miller's "Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful Plants described in the Gardener's Dictionary", published between 1755 and 1760. Ehret, who first worked as a gardener in Heidelberg, became the foremost botanical illustrator of the mid 18th century, working all over Europe (see G. Calmann's book "Ehret: Flower Painter Extraordinary"). .

$265.00