London. J. Miller. [ 1740].
Engraving, handcolored, image 17 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches on sheet 20 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches. On laid paper with Whatman watermark. Light toning to paper edges, mended 1 1/2 inch tear at mid left edge just touching plate mark, mended short tears to mid right edge and mid lower edge (outside image area); good condition. A plate from John Miller's "An Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus." In de Belder 'Magnificent Botanical Books' (de Belder #245, Dunthorne #206), it is stated that "LINNAEUS HIMSELF FULSOMELY PRAISED THE WORK AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND ACCURATE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. Certainly the illustrations, described by Blunt as excellent, are of a high order; John Miller drew and engraved them himself with considerable skill." An attractive example of botanical drawing with details for classification under the Linnaean system. Item #46236