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Mentha (from A Curious Herbal).
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Mentha (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. A few faint spots to right edge and two 1/8 inch holes to lower right corner of sheet(all outside plate area), otherwise very good condition. This attractive image of a culinary herb shows the flowering mint plant and botanical details. Plate 290 from "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$145.00

Salvia minor.  Salvia virtutis (from A Curious Herbal).
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Salvia minor. Salvia virtutis (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Light crease at lower right, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

Semi-double Quilled Orange Chrysanthemum.  Small Yellow Chrysanthemum
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Semi-double Quilled Orange Chrysanthemum. Small Yellow Chrysanthemum

By CHRYSANTHEMUM) Smith, E.D. (illus)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1824.. Engraving, printed in color with additional hand color, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Sheet cropped close to image at left edge affecting title, very light soiling, otherwise very good condition. This is plate XVII from Volume V of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image appears to have been drawn by E.D. Smith and engraved by W. Say.. There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves, the deep green of the upper leaves contrasting with the delicacy of the under-leaf green. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$285.00

Marum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Marum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

London.. circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9.5 inches. Very good condition. Conservation matted to 16 x 20 size; decorative matting with marble band and three lines. Image shows the flower and botanical details. From Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. .

$125.00

The Gravenstein Apple
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The Gravenstein Apple

By APPLE) Hooker, W. (illus)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1824.. Engraving, hand colored, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Very faintest offset, very good condition. An exquisite stipple engraving by William Hooker published in the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image was drawn by the renowned botanist William Jackson Hooker ("W. Hooker fecit 1821" at lower left). [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$135.00

Lissochilus speciosus
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Lissochilus speciosus

By ORCHID) Holden (illus). Smith (sculp)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. 03- 1837.. Engraving with handcolor, sheet 9 x 6 1/4 inches. A couple of faint foxed spots; very good. This is a plate from the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society,". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the different engravings, but in all instances these are exceptionally beautiful images skillfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. There is great subtlety to the coloring, giving a most realistic effect. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$55.00

Winter Savory. Satureia durior (from A Curious Herbal).
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Winter Savory. Satureia durior (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Faint soiling to lower left margin (outside plate area). Very good condition. Plate 318 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. The image shows this culinary herb with botanical details. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$145.00

The Alexander Apple
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The Alexander Apple

By APPLE)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. No date. Ca. 1820.. Engraving, printed in color with added hand coloring, sheet 11 x 8 inches. Small spot at lower centre well outside image, scattered very light soiling, generally very good. This is plate XXVIII** from Volume 2 of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the different engravings, but in all instances these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. There is great subtlety to the coloring, giving a most realistic effect. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$225.00

Amaryllis
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Amaryllis

By Cotton, B. (illus)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1822.. Engraving, printed in color with added handcolor, sheet 15 x 11 inches, centrefold as issued. Title trimmed from lower edge. An exquisite antique botanical print of a pink and white amaryllis from the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society." A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the different engravings, but in all instances these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. There is great subtlety to the coloring, giving a most realistic effect. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$425.00

1 Leptosiphon androsaceus.  2 Leptosiphon densiflorus.  3 Gilia tricolor
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1 Leptosiphon androsaceus. 2 Leptosiphon densiflorus. 3 Gilia tricolor

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. 1835.. Engraving, hand colored, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Very good condition; sheet has been cropped at left and right edges affecting printed information at top right and lower left but not affecting image. This is a plate from the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves, the deep green of the upper leaves contrasting with the delicacy of the under-leaf green. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$285.00

Achimenes longiflora
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Achimenes longiflora

By Barclay, G. (engraved by)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1842.. Engraving, hand colored, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Sheet is cropped into image at left edge, otherwise very good condition. This is from the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image appears to have been engraved by G. Barclay. There is a great subtlety to the coloring. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$325.00

Sweet Marjoram. Majorana (from A Curious Herbal).
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Sweet Marjoram. Majorana (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Faint offset to lower right image, 2 pinhole sized spots just under title, a few spots on verso (not affecting image). Very good condition. Plate 319 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. The image shows the flower with botanical details of the culinary herb marjoram. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$145.00

Calamentha montana (from A Curious Herbal).
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Calamentha montana (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Very light soiling at top right image, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$135.00

Fumaria (from A Curious Herbal).
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Fumaria (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 11.5 x 7.5 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Mark at top right corner outside of image area, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

Calochortus macrocarpus
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Calochortus macrocarpus

By Weddell (engraved by)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1830.. Engraving, hand colored, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Edges just touching image at top and left sides, tiny chip at lower left corner, clean and bright. This is plate 8 from Volume VII of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. Shows 3 large purple flowers with many botanical details at bottom. There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$235.00

Euphorbium verum Antiquorum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Euphorbium verum Antiquorum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 in (31 x 20cm) on sheet 14 x 9 in (36 x 24 cm), very good condition. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. .

$145.00

Chamaedrys.  Trissago (from A Curious Herbal).
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Chamaedrys. Trissago (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

The Quilled-flamed yellow Chrysanthemum
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The Quilled-flamed yellow Chrysanthemum

By CHRYSANTHEMUM) Hooker, W. (illus)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1821.. Engraving, printed in color with additional hand color, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Light soiling to left edge, cropped close to image on left edge, otherwise very good condition. This is plate XIV from Volume IV of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image appears to have been both drawn and engraved by the renowned botanist William Jackson Hooker ("Drawn & Engraved by W. Hooker" at lower left). There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves, the deep green of the upper leaves contrasting with the delicacy of the under-leaf green. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$285.00

Garden Parsley. Apium hortense or Petroselinum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Garden Parsley. Apium hortense or Petroselinum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 17 3/4 x 11 inches. A few faint foxing marks to lower margin (outside plate area), overall very good condition. Plate 172 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. A beautifully designed image of the culinary herb garden parsley with roots, leaves and details of the flower. THIS IS FROM THE LARGE PAPER EDITION of this work, a deluxe publication with wide 2 inch margins (since the rag paper used at the time was an expensive commodity, the use of these large sheets was something of an extravagance; in fact the images do look particularly fine in this setting.) Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$175.00

1. The Early Crimson Chrysanthemum.  2. The Large Quilled Orange Chrysanthemum
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1. The Early Crimson Chrysanthemum. 2. The Large Quilled Orange Chrysanthemum

By CHRYSANTHEMUM) Hooker, W. (illus)

London.: Horticultural Society of London.. Ca. 1824.. Engraving, hand colored, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Right edge trimmed so that plate # and part of name of engraver missing, top and left edges about 1/8 inch from iage, tiny chip at lower left corner, couple of pinprick-sized spots at lower left of image, but overall a vibrant, clean image. This is from Volume V of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image appears to have been drawn by the renowned botanist William Jackson Hooker ("W. Hooker 1822" at lower left). There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves, the deep green of the upper leaves contrasting with the delicacy of the under-leaf green. [Dunthorne, #142]. .

$325.00

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