17 November 2004
CURTIS, William (1746-199) and John SIMS (1749-1831), editors. The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed. London: 1793-1812.
36 volumes in 19, 8° (227 x 142mm). 1501 engraved plates, all but two hand-coloured, 51 folding. (Occasional light spotting or browning, a few leaves with short tears rarely affecting plates, folding plates in volume 17 all lacking one half, lacking some title-pages.) 19th-century uniform roan-backed marbled boards (rubbed). Provenance: John Clevland (1734-1817; armorial bookplate) -- by descent to the present owners.
AN EXTENSIVE RUN OF 'THE MOST CELEBRATED OF BOTANICAL MAGAZINES'. (Cleveland Collections). William Curtis, the son of a master tanner in Alton, Hampshire, started the Botanical Magazine in 1787 after the financial failure of his ambitious folio project, the Flora Londinensis. Curtis's new, smaller, format met with great success, and the early volumes were quickly re-issued. After Curtis's death in 1799, editorship passed to John Sims, who introduced more exotic plants into the journal's pages, including examples from South Africa. Stafleu & Cowan 1290; Great Flower Books (1990), pp. 156-7; Cleveland Collections 577. (19)
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