The Botanical magazine; or, Flower-garden displayed [electronic resource] : in which the most ornamental foreign plants, ... will be accurately represented in their natural colours. ... A work intended for the use of ... ladies, gentlemen, and gardeners, ...
- Additional Titles:
- Botanical magazine
Flower garden displayed
Binder's title: Curtis's Botanical magazine
- London : printed for W[illiam]. Curtis, at his Botanic-Garden, Lambeth-Marsh; and sold by all booksellers, stationers, and news-carriers, in town and country, M DCC LXXXVII. -M DCCC. 
- Physical Description:
- volumes, 504 colored plates, interleaved ; 23 cm (8⁰)
- Additional Creators:
- Curtis, William, 1746-1799
Sowerby, James, 1757-1822
Edwards, Sydenham, 1768-1819
- Continued By:
- Dates of Publication and/or Sequential Designation:
- [Vol. I. (Plates 1-36, 1787)]-vol. XIV. [plates 469-504, 1800].
- Publication Frequency:
- Annual (collected issues)
- Compiled and edited by William Curtis; his name appears on the title pages of v. 2-14.
Imprints vary; v. 2-4,"printed by Couchman and Fry, ... for W. Curtis,... and sold by the principal booksellers in Britain and Ireland"; v. 5-14, "printed by Stephen Couchman, for W. Curtis; and sold by the principal booksellers ...".
Drawings for the plates were made by: James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards and Francis Sansom; coloring supervised by William Graves; principal engraver for early vols.: Francis Sansom (cf. Henrey).
The monthly issues in each vol. include three plates, each with facing leaf of letterpress description. Some plates have extended description on more than one leaf.
Text leaves are bound facing the plates they describe and numbered to correspond to that plate.
Plates and leaves are numbered consecutively from volume to volume; letterpress leaves are unsigned.
Illustrates and describes hundreds of flowering plants not native to the British Isles, cultivated in his own gardens by William Curtis. After his death the work was continued by his assistant, John Sims, who was responsible for vols. 15-18 (1801-1803). The series of volumes continued itnto the late 19th century. The plates in the first 14 vols. are remarkable for their quality, detail and natural color.
Reproduction of original from Cambridge University Library.
AVAILABLE ONLINE TO AUTHORIZED PSU USERS.
- Citation/References Note:
- English Short Title Catalog, P3097.
- Special Numbering:
- Volume numbering begins with vol. II.
Volumes lack chronological designation; dated from imprints.
Text of each volume is approximately foliated, except where extended description of a plant requires an additional leaf; in such a case that leaf is unnumbered; prefatory material and index leaves are also unnumbered.
- Reproduction Note:
- Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Cengage Gale, 2009. Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.
- Index Note:
- Plant names in Latin and English in each volume.
Vols. 1-10 have cumulative index to English names, and classified index according to the system of Linnaeus.
Tonks, E. General index to the Latin names and synonyms of the plants depicted in v. 1-107 (London: 1883).
- Complexity Note:
- Collects monthly issues of: The Botanical magazine.
Early volumes reprinted by "Fry and Couchman" from 1787-<1790>; and by Stephen Couchman in 1790 and 1793, to meet popular demand. Most extant library sets include various printings.
- Reviewed/Cited In:
- NCBEL, II:1308
Crane & Kaye, 54
Times handlist, p. 46
Ward, W. S. Index of serials, p. 18
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