CURTIS, William (1746-1799, vols I-XIV) and John SIMS (1749-1831, vols XV-XLII). The Botanical Magazine. London: Stephen Couchman for W. Curtis [vols I-XIV], T. Curtis [vols XV-XXVI], H.D. Symonds [XXVII-XVIII], and Sherwood, Neely, & Jones [XXIX-XLII], 1793-1815.
42 volumes bound in 21, 8° (234 x 146mm). 1774 engraved plates [including 4 bis plates], by F. Sansom et al. after Sydenham Edwards, James Sowerby et al., all but 3 hand-coloured, some with colour-printed bases, 69 folding. Text for plates 1606-1609 with cancellans letterpress slips pasted over numbers, cancellans text leaves for plates 532, 717 and 1505. Index leaves bound in at the end of each bound volume or volume. 'Preface' leaves bound in at the front of vols I and XIV. (Variable, generally light marking, spotting, browning and offsetting, 195 text torn with small loss, plates 400 and 401 and 422 and 423 misbound in reverse order and incorrectly re-numbered in manuscript, 717, 1096, and 1505 text trimmed at head, 718 and 1683 text and plate 1684 detached, plate 827 slightly creased, some light, mainly marginal dampstaining in vols XXXI-XXXIV.) Contemporary roan-backed boards, spines titled and numbered in gilt (spines lightly rubbed, cracking on hinges, occasional fading or marking on boards, latter quires of vol. XL pulled).
Later editions of vols I-VI and FIRST EDITIONS OF VOLS VII-XLII OF 'THE MOST CELEBRATED OF ALL BOTANICAL MAGAZINES' (Cleveland Collections). Curtis founded the Botanical Magazine in 1787, in an attempt to ameliorate some of the losses incurred by his Flora Londinensis (London: 1775-98); however, instead of limiting his scope to plants commonly found within a 10-mile radius of London (as he did in the former work), Curtis' 'new venture was supposed to portray the more popular exotic plants--although one will note that a surprisingly large number of the more common plants appear during the time that Curtis edited the magazine' (op. cit.). This changed following Curtis' death in 1799, when John Sims took over the editorship and introduced more exotic specimens into the journal's pages, including some South African species. BM(NH) I, p.408; Brunet II, col.446; Cleveland Collections 577; Henrey 472; Hunt B-P-H p. 221, no. 13; Nissen BBI 2350; Pritzel 2007; Stafleu and Cowan 1290.