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  • Shewy Stenactis  (Stenactis Speciosa) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Shewy Stenactis (Stenactis Speciosa) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    A beautiful hand coloured engraving by Sarah Drake, published in the Piccadilly, London on 1st April 1833 by Ridgway for John Lindley. Colouring highlighted with gum Arabic which gives the impression of a rich three dimensional effect.

    John Lindley noted …The Shewy Stenactis is a hardy perennial native to California and had been brought by Mr Douglas to the London Horticultural Society.

    Very good condition the colours bright, thick paper clean 23cm x 15cm … will frame nicely.

    Sarah Drake was born in Norfolk in 1803. In 1830 she moved to the London house of John Lindley a leading botanist of the time. Among her roles she was the governess to Lindley’s children and through this Lindley spotted her superb artistic talent. She then became the principal illustrator to his botanical publications. She died in 1857. The Australian orchid genus Drakea was named in her honour.

    John Lindley was born in 1799. Early in his career he was employed by Sir Joseph Banks in his Herbarium. He was Professor of botany at the University of London and also ran the Royal Horticultural Society. In the 1830’s Kew Gardens was nearly demolished but for Lindley who had to campaign in Parliament to save it from extinction

    Price $90.00 unframed … enquire for framing options if you wish

    $90.00

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  • The Botanical Cabinet – George Loddiges Engraved by Cooke – August 1824

    The Botanical Cabinet – George Loddiges Engraved by Cooke – August 1824

    The Botanical Cabinet was a long running monthly publication of which this is a rare monthly fasicule (a separately published instalment of a book or work) containing some plants from Australia.

    Full Title … Part LXXXVIII to be continued monthly of the Botanical Cabinet, consisting of Coloured Delineations of Plants from All Countries; with a short Account of Each, Directions for Management etc by Condrad Loddiges & Sons – The Plates by George Cooke.

    Each part was to contain ten plates (which this does) and ten parts were to represent a complete volume. In original card wrapper 18cm by 12cm in very good condition.

    Printed by Wilson of Greville Street, London and published by the John and Arthur Arch, Cornhill; Longman, Hurst etc Paternoster-Row; Rivington on the Mall and at Loddiges establishment at Hackney.

    The plants presented and described from Australia comprise Epacris Purpurascens, the Hibbertia Grossularlaefolia found by Mr Brown near King George’s Sound and the Gevillea Sericea. Other plants come from Brazil, the Cape of Good Hope, Bohemia etc all drawn by G Loddiges and engraved by George Cooke.

    Joachim Conrad Loddiges (1738-1826) born in Saxony and emigrated to Britain at the age of 19. He took up a job as gardener and in his forties bought a small seed business. In the 1770’s he started encouraging explorer’s and travelers to collect plants and seeds for him and soon gained a reputation for the exotic. The nursery really took off under son George Loddiges (1786-1846) who was the mastermind behind this publication. George built the largest hothouse in the world and became a Fellow of the Microscopical, Linnean, Horticultural and Zoological Societies. His influence spread overseas … including the first Botanical Gardens at Adelaide. The Loddiges were the first to import rhubarb into Britain.

    Rare Botanical Publication in this Form with Australian Plants – 1824

    $180.00

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  • Spotted Gongora  (Gongora Maculata) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Spotted Gongora (Gongora Maculata) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Spotted Gongora (Gongora Maculata)

    A striking orchid originally found near Demerara in 1832 by Mr Thomas Moss of Otterspool. Richard Harvey of Liverpool was one of the first to cultivate it in his hothouse The flower bunches are two and a half feet long. It was named in honour of D. Antonio Caballero y Gongora, Bishop of Cordova, who whilst Archbishop of Santa Fe and Viceroy of New Grenada was a zealous promoter of all branched of Natural History.

    A beautiful hand coloured engraving by Sarah Drake for John Lindley, published in the Piccadilly, London on 1st October 1833 for John Lindley. Colouring highlighted with gum Arabic which gives the impression of a rich three dimensional effect.

    Sarah Drake was born in Norfolk in 1803. In 1830 she moved to the London house of John Lindley a leading botanist of the time. Amongst her roles she was the governess to Lindley’s children and through this Lindley spotted her superb artistic talent. She then became the principal illustrator to his botanical publications. She died in 1857. The Australian orchid genus Drakea was named in her honour.

    John Lindley was born in 1799. Early in his career he was employed by Sir Joseph Banks in his Herbarium. He was Professor of botany at the University of London and also ran the Royal Horticultural Society. In the 1830’s Kew Gardens was nearly demolished but for Lindley who had to campaign in Parliament to save it from extinction

    Price unframed … if you wish framing option please enquire ….

    $80.00

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  • Eyed Hawk Moth and White Sating Moth – Hand Coloured Engraving – Moses Harris – 1840

    Eyed Hawk Moth and White Sating Moth – Hand Coloured Engraving – Moses Harris – 1840

    A rare and desirable hand coloured engraving from The Aurelian by Moses Harris. From the final issue 1840 and considered special for the brilliance of the hand colouring and the thick Whatman paper.

    Moses Harris (1731-1785) was a brilliant engraver and entomologist. His first work though was the “Natural System of Colours” where he examined colour theory introduced by Isaac Newton. The Aurelian was his masterpiece and it’s believed he spent many years researching his subject and honing his engraving skills before it was completed. He drew from live specimens showing in each plate the dorsal and ventral view of his subject, together with the various stages of development – egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and their preferred food. This first issue was in 1766 and the full title “The Aurelian: or, Natural History of English Insects; namely Moths and Butterflies. Together with the plants on which they feed and their standard names, as given and established by the Society of Aurelians. Drawn, engraved and coloured, from the natural Subjects themselves. Moses Harris”

    In all there were 45 hand coloured plates. The work was reissued in 1778,1794 and in 1840. A handful of the early copies exist.

    Here we have Plate XVII, dedicated to the Honourable Thomas Townshend and shows the Eyed Hawk moth and the White Sating Moth together likely because of their common eating habits. Very good condition with nice colouring enhanced with gum arabic. Very clean and a verygood example of a rare and desirable item. Engraved border approximately 30cm by 23cm.

    Moses Harris sought after Moths and Butterflies

    $270.00

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  • Dewy Bramble – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Dewy Bramble – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Dewy Bramble “Rubus roridus” (1833) by Sarah Drake.

    A native of Madagascar, strikingly different from all known species of simple-leaved brambles, in its finely cut stipules and bracteae covered in numerous little transparent green glands, giving all the parts that surround the petals an appearance of being sprinkled with green dew.

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    $120.00

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  • Rosy Monkey-flower – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Rosy Monkey-flower – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Rosy Monkey-flower “Mimulus roseus” (1833) by Sarah Drake.

    A beautiful perennial monkey-flower of northern California.

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    $120.00

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