Curtis Botanical Magazine

Elizabeth Waterman
Wed, 23 Oct 2002 16:22:08 PDT
The Curtis Botanical Magazine

Here's a lovely illustration of the Yellow-flowered Clammy
Moraea at

Or the Cut-leaved  Lapeyrousia at 

There are oodles more illustrations arranged by equally
florid names but in the text is  the botanical name and  a
fair amount of information and the illustrations are

From 1787-1800 (Volumes 1-14), William Curtis published The Botanical Magazine.
From 1801-1807 (Volumes 15-26), John Sims published Curtis's Botanical Magazine
The Principal artist for both publishers was Sydenham S. Edwards

William Curtis (1746-1799) was a trained pharmacist living in London, whose greater interest was the study of flora and insects. He maintained a large garden where he grew beautiful exotic plants, and began publishing the Curtis Botanical Magazine in 1787. This digital presentation represents one thousand fifty records, one thousand forty-eight plates, (two of the original plates are missing, plates 797 & 860), and there are one thousand four hundred fifty-six related pages of text from the first 26 volumes. The entire print collection of 164 volumes is housed at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland

Also an article on cape bulbs in the SF Chronicle at 

Liz W

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