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No.986 (Purple Iris) The Botanical Magazine. London 1807. Archivally framed. $375.00

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No. 9986 (Purple varigated Iris)

William Curtis was an 18th century Englishman who devoted his life to the study of botanicals. The arrival of exotic botanical specimens to Europe prompted a demand for detailed and accurate information concerning the new plants. The Botanical Magazine or Flower-Garden Display'd, later known as Curtis' Botanical Magazine, was issued in a small format, in monthly installments. Each installment arrived wrapped in blue papers and contained three hand-colored botanical illustrations with text describing each plant and its attributes. The first issue of the Botanical Magazine was published February 1787 and was an immediate success. It is considered to be the first horticultural magazine. It remained so popular that it continued to be produced with hand-colored plates up into the 1940s!
This single bloom with  leaf is handsomely framed with hand painted French wash matting and gold leaf frame.

Copperplate engraving with full original hand color and accompanying descriptive text.
Single page measuring 9 ¼ x 5.5 inches sheet, 13.5 x 16.5 inches framed.
Excellent condition.