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Rare engraving. Violet of New South Wales, c1800.

Rare engraving. Violet of New South Wales, c1800.

by Harrison Cluse & Co

First recorded Australian Native Violet antique print c1800.

"We received the original drawing, from which (this) print is exactly copied, without any other information, than that the plant is called, by the English Settlers, the New South Wales Violet; and, that it is figured of the natiural size.
We cannot even add, with certainty, that it possesses the characteristic fragrance of the European Violet; which, however, appears highly probable."

Original copperplate engraving with contemporary hand-colour from the Naturalist's Pocket Magazine; or, Compleat Cabinet of Curiosities and Beauties of Nature, containing elegant coloured prints of birds, fishes, flowers, insects, quadrupeds, shells, and other natural productions..", eight anonymously compiled books published in London between 1798 and 1802 by Harrison, Cluse & Co. No.78 Fleet Street, and from 1800, No.108 Newgate Street. This small engraving was one of 18 depicting Australian flora.

This engraving is inevitably faintly discoloured from age, but is otherwise in good condition. The page measures 150 x 85mm (approximately 6 x 3 3/8 inches). The accompanying  text is available.

Stock Number: apH-C.violPrice: $245.00