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Dwarf ever green Phaseolus et al: Hill 1757

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  • Title: Dwarf ever green Phaseolus et al
  • Author: John Hill
  • Date: 1757
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, tide mark upper left corner, taped righthand margin, light foxing, minor paper loss lefthand margin
  • Inches: 16 x 10 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 40.6 x 25.4 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 003292

1. Dwarf ever green Phaseolus

2. Green flower'd Squill

3. Willow leav'd Shrub Asclepias

4. Corymbous lobated Spiræa

5. Purple Athiopian Amaryllis

6. Prickly Osteospermum

Eden: or, A Complete Body of Gardening by John Hill, London, dated 1757. Containing plain and familiar directions for raising the several useful products of a garden, fruits, roots, and herbage; From the practice of the most successful gardeners and the result of a long experience. Together with the culture of all kinds of flowers, according to the methods of the English, French and Dutch florists. With figures and descriptions of the flowers and plants proper for a garden.

This detailed, charming and whimsical work by John Hill, the first author to introduce the Linnaean taxonomic system to England, depicts newly imported plants from America and Asia. It served as a guide for florists, merchants and gardeners. Eden is one of the larger folio botanical collections we represent in our gallery. Each engraving is beautifully painted, demonstrating the effective blend of opaque and transparent water color, resulting in a convincing portrait of the flowers. These hand painted botanical prints wonderfully compliment each other and display well in groups.