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Mr. Herbert's Crinum
Plate Number: 171
Date: Feb. 1, 1817 dated on plate
Paper size: 9 3/4“ x 9 1/4“ with centerfold as issued
Description: Authentic 197 year old Hand-Coloured copperplate engraving by Sydenham Edwards. This is NOT a reproduction
Origin: From Edwards Botanical Register, Volume II; Published by Ridgeways, Piccadilly, London
Condition: Very good condition with brilliant, clean colors; great detail; soft, light ivory age-toned heavy-weight paper; paper does have darkening at the top edge, slight offset on right edge, and some small areas of color bleeding; also, the centerfold has split on the front portion of the engraving- it is still completely intact, but there is a hairline separation that runs down it (see enlarged image); it is free of foxing and tears- and even with the above flaws, it is still an absolutely beautiful engraving; well-defined desirable plate mark; untrimmed binding edge and centerfold with backside tab as issued.
Enlarging this picture shows the wonderful detail!
This is a beautiful antique hand-coloured copperplate engraving, not a modern copy. Included will be the original text page with this flowers description. Picture of titlepage is shown for reference only (however I will email you the jpeg if you wish). The very condition of this plate adds to its rarity, as well as the fact that it is from Edwards’ second volume (in his 33 volumes) of the Botanical Register. Edwards was a leading botanical illustrator whose works, along with James Sowerby and William Kilburn, embellished the pages of William Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. A rare find and becoming increasingly scarce.
Inv: 1816 Edwards 171