Botanical Flora Londinensis 2.


Flora Londinensis, or, Plates and descriptions of such plants as grow wild in the environs of London by William Curtis 2


Flora Londinensis described the flora found in the London region of the mid 18th century.Published by William Curtis in six large volumes. The descriptions of the plants included hand-coloured copperplate prints by botanical artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards and William Kilburn. First volume was produced in 1777 and the final one, containing title and index,  published in 1798. A  name is given for each species in the survey; common and other names are also ascribed .  Previous works on the flora of Britain had been intended for the audience of scientists, apothecaries, and the earlier herbalists.  Curtis was praefectus horti (Director, Society of Apothecaries) at the Chelsea Physic Garden and a botanist with a broad knowledge of exotic species.  Curtis intended documenting the flowering species within a 10-mile radius of London, commissioning several painters / illustrators to produce hand-coloured copper engravings to accompany the pages. He undertook writing descriptions, publishing, and sales of the volumes, producing six fascicles of twelve issues, each containing six plates. The final survey eventually came to include many species found in southern England and a few more besides. Despite praise for the importance of the volumes, the work was not produced beyond 300 copies so stupidly rare. The  later publication by Curtis, The Botanical Magazine, was to be a greater financial success but poorer pics . Sowerby, who helped to publish the volumes and give over seventy of the plates, went on to produce natural history publications in a similar format.

The page is folio but all images differ in size all colour is original as sold when new,

for those who prefer the rare these were the ones Curtis preferred ** Smaller images are priced less (£35 posted) all @ £95 will be full page engravings**





Fumaria Officinalis / Common fumitory
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Spergula Arvensis, the corn spurry, county Flower of Montgomeryshire
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery




Crepis Tectorum / narrow-leaved hawk's-beard
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Poa Pratensis / Kentucky bluegrassreserved



Poa Trivalis / Bluegrass / Meadow Grass

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Saxifriga Granulata / meadow saxifrage
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Lycopsis Arvenis /small bugloss and annual bugloss
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Hippus Vulgaris / Mares Tail

Antique copperplate  hand colored/original coloured  folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


 
Plantago Lanceolata / Ribwort
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Carex Paludosa / Grass
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Carex Acuta  / Slender spiked grass


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Carex Riparia
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Boletus Lucidus / Lacquered Boletus / fungi

Antique copperplate  hand colored/original coloured  folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery

Cardus Tenuiflorus / Thistle


Antique copperplate  hand colored/original coloured  folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Ranunculus Scleratus / Celery leaved Crowfoot
 
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Erigeron Acre  / Purple / Bitter fleabane,
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Erica Cineria / Heather
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery
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Melica Uniflora /wood melick
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Melica Mutens /grass


Antique copperplate  hand colored/original coloured  folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £35 inc delivery as a smaller engraving  to the centre of the page roughly A4 to frame rather than  large folio


Trifolium Ochroleucum / clover
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Sandix Anthriseus
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Senneccio Vulgaris /groundsel


Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Silene Anglica /Small-flowered Catchfly


Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery

Ceratstium Aquaticum /Myosoton aquaticum


Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Arenaria Trinerris


Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery

Luzula Pilosa

Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery



Cardamine Hirsutus /hairy bittercress

Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £95 inc delivery


Cistus Gullatus
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £55 inc deliveryy



Lamium Amplexicaule / henbit dead-nettle
Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £55 inc delivery


Stellaria Aliginosa


Antique copperplate  hand colored folio engraving from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints. Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. Artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn,most of these are complete with text page  and in stunning condition  £55 inc delivery




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