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Auction 125, Lot 858

"[Lot of 2 - Flowers]", Miller, Philip

Subject: Botanicals

Period: 1756-57 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

7.75 x 13 inches
19.7 x 33 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 for 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 LXV Bignonia and Plate CXLII Gladiolus.



The Bignonia is fine, the Gladiolus has a little minor foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/24/2008