[London]. William Curtis. No date. 18171828.
Engraving, handcolored, image 10 x 6 inches on sheet 18 1/4 x 11 inches. Wove paper with 1818 Whatman watermark. Small tape marks at upper and right side edge, overall very good condition. With accompanying text sheet. An attractive image of Vinca Minor from William Curtis's magnum opus "Flora Londinensis" (de Belder #86, Dunthorne #87). This work is celebrated for the skill of the copper plate engraving and handcoloring; the plants are depicted life size, and include most of the British flora. $265.00 From the second edition of William Curtis's magnum opus "Flora Londinensis" depicting in the plant life of Great Britain. The accompanying text notes: "This pretty little plant is rather of scarce occurrence in Britain. The stations for it in the 'Botanist's Guide' are near the Land's-end, between Penzance and St. Ives; ...various parts of Devonshire and Dorsetshire; and on Horsham-common, Sussex, abundantly...This was included by Linnaeus in the genus Gentiana, from which it is abundantly distinct...It comes nearer, perhaps, to Chironia than to Gentiana..." A finely engraved and handcolored print of this delicate plant with yellow flowers, embellished with botanical details. Item #55170