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Auction 108, Lot 644

"[Lot of 4]", Miller, Philip

Subject: Botanical

Period: 1755-56 (dated)

Publication: Figures of the most Beautiful, Useful and Uncommon Plants…

Color: Hand Color

8 x 12.5 inches
20.3 x 31.8 cm
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Four lovely hand colored engravings from this scarce and important English botanical book. Scottish botanist Philip Miller (1691-1771) was curator at the Chelsea Physic Garden - the nucleus of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Miller employed the best botanical artists and engravers of the day to provide these illustrations as an accompaniment to the Gardener's Dictionary. By the time Miller died, he had named more than five thousand species under cultivation. He was also the first to conduct experiments showing that insects aid in flower pollination. Included in this lot are plate CXX - Digitalis, pl. CXIII - Cunonia, pl. XXXVIIII - Anthericum, and Pl. CXI - Crocus.


Condition: A

Vivid coloring. Lightly toned with a couple of unobtrusive foxing spots, still very good.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/29/2004