CURTIS, William. The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, London: various imprints, 1787-1979. 164 volumes in 140 (including a duplicate of volume 71 but lacking volumes 156, 157 & 159) and volumes 164 (fascicule IV) to 182 in 55 fascicules (lacking parts 1, 3 & 4 in volume 173, part 3 in volume 175, all of volume 176, parts 1 & 2 of volume 177 and all of volumes 179 & 180), index to volumes 1-20 (1805), index to volumes 1-107 (1883) and index to volumes 1-164 (and a duplicate, 1956), 8° (232 x 135mm. and larger). 2 engraved portraits and circa 10,000 plates including hand-coloured engravings, hand-coloured lithographs, chromolithographs and coloured plates. (Occasional spotting and offsetting.) Volumes 1-70 contemporary half calf (41-70 not uniform), volumes 71-164 original cloth, the remainder in wrappers (some early volumes rubbed). Provenance: Kathleen Alice Cuthbert (later Lady Rayleigh, bookplate).
Curtis's Botanical Magazine is the 'oldest current scientific periodical of its kind with coloured illustrations in the world ... In the beauty of production and high quality of its contributions it can claim a unique place', Patrick Synge, Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, 1948, 73, pp.5-6. In 1984 it was incorporated into a new enlarged publication entitled The Kew Magazine. Henrey 473; Nissen BBI 2350; Stafleu TL2 1290. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return. (195)