John Edward SMITH, James SOWERBY, engraver.

9 hand coloured Botanical engravings.

London: 1794.

9 hand coloured engravings, each 235 x147mm, some with accompanying original letter press descriptions and all housed in a custom made solander case.

Australia's first botanical illustrations

A collection of nine superb hand coloured engravings from the first illustrated book on Australian flowers - John Edward Smith's A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

A collection of nine superb hand coloured engravings from the first illustrated book on Australian flowers - John Edward Smith's A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.
The Specimen of the Botany of New Holland contains the first illustrations of a number of Australian species. According to a note in the preface the drawings on which the fine hand-coloured plates were based were done in the colony by John White, the Surgeon-General and a keen amateur natural history artist and collector. The illustrations were prepared not only from drawings supplied from Sydney but also from the "most copious and finely preserved collection of dried specimens…" that came with them from New South Wales.
James Edward Smith was one of the leading naturalists in England and the author of several outstanding botanical books. Sir Joseph Banks was a close colleague of Smith, and James Sowerby (1740 1803), the artist of this superb plate, was one of the foremost botanical artists, who exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy. The collaboration between these great naturalists ensured that Australia's first botanical illustrations were among the finest of the eighteenth century.

Price (AUD): $12,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4106627

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