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Australian Banksia integrifolia, Coast Banksia, Curtis antique print c1827.

Australian Banksia integrifolia, Coast Banksia, Curtis antique print c1827.


by Curtis, Samuel

Curtis Banksia Integrifolia, Entire-leaved Banksia, Curtis botanical plate 2770. The text, published in London with this wonderful banksia image, stated that it was "Introduced to our gardens, from the neighbourhood of Port Jackson, in 1788, by Mr Thomas Watson. Our drawing was made from a fine plant which flowered at the Edinburgh Botanic Garden, in May, 1827. The seeds had been sent to Dr. Graham, in 1819, by Mr. Fraser." (Now known as Coast Banksia, it is found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, but is now extinct in Tasmania.) 

Rare double-page original hand-coloured copperplate engraving by Joseph Swan after eminent botanist William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) for The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed published in London circa 1827 by Samuel Curtis. Publication of 'The Botanical Magazine' was begun in 1787 by Praefectus Hortis of Chelsea Physic Garden, William Curtis (1746-1799)  “in response.. to solicitations for a work... (combining) Botany and Gardening”, to illustrate botanical specimens from around the world. It has been published continuously for over 222 years, - now as “The Kew Magazine”.

This rare larger size botanical plate superbly shows the distinctive foliage of Australian Banksia. As the size of the publication was 23cm x 15cm (9 x 6 inches), this image has two vertical folds. The full image size is 210 x 245mm (8 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches).

Stock Number: apbC2770Price: $450.00