Antique Botany Print-SWORD LILY-GLADIOLUS-BULBOUS FLOWER-Houttuyn-1774



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Original copperplate engravings and etchings on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark (not visible on every sheet. Nice hand colouring from unknown date. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 27 x 21 cm. The image size is ca. 24 x 17 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 10.6 x 8.3 inch. The image size is ca. 9.4 x 6.7 inch.

Book: Tweede Deel, Twaalfde Stuk – De bolplanten (2nd part, 12th piece – The bulbous plants). Plate LXXIX: Sword Lily ‘1: Gladiolus recurvus (Omgekromde) – 2: Gladiolus recurvus (Lelieachtige) – 3: Antholyza Caryophyllacea (Anjelierachtige)’. This attractive original old antique print / plate originates from: ‘Natuurlyke Historie of Uitvoerige Beschryving der Dieren, Planten en Mineraalen…’ by F. Houttuyn and J. van der Burgh, published in Amsterdam 1761-1785. (Translation: Natural history or extensive desription of animals, plants and minerals …) This is essentially a Dutch version of ‘Linnaeus Systema Naturae’, enlarged, amended and with plates.Artists and Engravers: Author: Maarten Houttuyn (1720-1798) was a Dutch physician in Amsterdam. Carl or Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) (also known as Carl von Linne after his ennoblement) was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist. He is considered the father of modern Taxonomy and ecology. The engravers of the plates are J.C. Philips and G. Philips.

Condition: Excellent. General age related toning. A bit more browned at the paper edges. Original fold lines as issued.


(PCO) C33-05

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