Auction 110, Lot 695

"[Lot of 2] Cyanus [and] Conyaz", Miller, Philip

Subject: Botanical

Period: 1760 (circa)

Publication: Gardeners Dictionary

Color: Hand Color

8 x 12 inches
20.3 x 30.5 cm

Pair of 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. 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

Fine original color. Bit of faint foxing in title, still very good.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/2/2005