1798-1799 William Curtis’ Botanical Magazine (Two Volumes)

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We sold this item at auction for $400
 in September, 2023.

William Curtis’ Botanical Masterpieces

William Curtis, a prominent figure in the realm of botanical illustration, left an enduring legacy with his seminal work, The Botanical Magazine. This comprehensive publication, comprising numerous volumes, meticulously depicted foreign plants cultivated in various environments.

Among these collectible books represented at auction, Volume XII and XIII, printed in London in 1798 and 1799 respectively, stand out for their exemplary representation of exotic flora, each with 36 hand colored plates.

Curtis’ career was marked by a dedication to botanical artistry and scientific inquiry. Prior to The Botanical Magazine, he authored several other notable works, including The Flora Londinensis and The Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. These publications garnered acclaim for their detailed illustrations and insightful botanical descriptions.

Over the years, volumes of The Botanical Magazine and other works by Curtis have fetched significant sums at auction. Notable sales include the auction of a complete set of The Botanical Magazine, comprising over 2,000 plates, which sold for £24,000 at Christie’s in 2002. Individual volumes, such as Volume XII and XIII, have also commanded high prices, reflecting the enduring appeal of Curtis’ botanical prints.

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