Auction 127, Lot 797

"[Lot of 2] Balsamina Faemina... [and] Aster Carolinianus…", Miller, Philip

Subject: Botanicals

Period: 1755 (dated)

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

Color: Hand Color

7.8 x 12.5 inches
19.8 x 31.8 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.


Condition: A+

Lightly toned.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/25/2009