London. William Curtis. No date. 1817-1828.
Hand colored engraving, plate area approximately 17 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches on sheet size 18 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Single pinhole at each corner, light crease (1 inch) at centre of left margin, overall very good, clean condition. Artistically designed image of a pond lily or water lily, complete with botanical details, from the second edition of William Curtis's magnum opus "Flora Londinensis" (de Belder #87, Dunthorne #87), enlarged by George Graves and William Jackson Hooker. The wove paper in this edition is whiter than the laid paper in the 18th century edition. Item #46242