Wonderful original prints from:
Miller, John, An illustration of the sexual system of Linnaeus.
When published, this scarce Folio in three volumes contained 2 series of 104 full page engraved botanical plates, 1 beautifully hand-coloured in proof-state, the other in black and white with numbers and titles. As well there is a leaf text in Latin and English to accompany each plate of the black and white series.
Of the listings below an * indicates all three pieces are present (b&w, hand-coloured and text). The (1) indicates colour only and (2) indicates b&w and text.
The plates are on 350x525 mm pages of laid paper which can be dated to 1770 by watermark. The crown over the fleur-de-lis over GR on one side and J Whatman, on the other. This is one of the papers used by Thomas Jefferson for his architectural drawings in the 1770s. http://www.iath.virginia.edu/wilson/TJA/tja.body5.html
Condition: plates are very good. There is pencil coding at bottom of each, by some previous owner. The b&w plates are scotch taped at the top to the corresponding text page. The text pages have one cut edge and one gold edge. The plates have never been cut. The text pages have some foxing and several have the imprint of the engraving developed over time.
The sets of 3 are $500 US. The sets of two or individual coloured plates are $200US.
|CRYPTOGAMIA Algae e.g. fucus||Class 24 Order 3 *||"The flowers within the fruit: or in so singular a mode as not to be perceptible to the eye"|
|DECANDRIA Trigynia e.g. stellaria||Class 10 Order 3 (1)||" Ten stamens in the Hermaphrodite flower"|
|DIANDRIA Digynia e.g.anthroxanthum||Class 2 Order 2 (2)|
|DIOECIA Gynandria e.g. clutia||Class 22 Order 13 *||"The male flowers on a different plant from the female"|
|GYNANDRIA triandria e.g. sistrichium||Class 20 Order 2 (2)|
|HEXANDRIA Tetragynia e.g. petiveria||Class 6 Order 4 *||"Six stamens in the Hermaphrodite flower"|
|MONOECIA Monandria e.g. zanichellia||Class 21 Order 1 *||"The male and female flowers on the same plant"|
|OCTANDRIA Digynia e.g.galenia||Class 8 Order 2 *(b&w engraving has been coloured also)||"Eight stamens in the same flower with the Pistillum"|
|OCTANDRIA Tetragenia e.g. adoxa||Class 8 Order 4 *||"Eight stamens in the same flower with the Pistillum"|
|TETRANDRIA Tetragynia e.g. Potamogeton||Class4 Order 3 *||"Four stamens in the flower with the fruit"|