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"Myristica Officinalis Aromatic, or True
Nutmeg Tree ~ Pub. by S. Curtis - Walworth,
Aug. 1, 1827" ~ Curtis's Botanical Magazine
or Flower Garden Displayed

PRINT ENTITLED: Myristica Officinalis Aromatic, or True Nutmeg Tree ~Pub. by S. Curtis Walwort. Aug. 1, 1827.
OWNER/CONDUCTED: Samuel Curtis (1779 -1860).
EDITOR/AUTHOR: William Jackson Hooker.
ARTIST: Rev. L. G.
PRINTED BY: Edward Couchman, 10, Throgmorton Street, Essex.
DATE OF PUBLICATION: Published on August 1, 1827.
PLATE PAGE NUMBER: Tab. 2756 A. and Tab. 2757 B.
SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF PUBLICATION: This publication pertains to botanical study.
PRINT METHOD: Copperplate engraving; a plate mark identifying the intaglio process.
PAPER TYPE: Handmade antique laid and chain ~ link paper; water mark ~ illegible.
COLORING: Hand Coloring.

HISTORY: William Curtis began Curtis's Botanical Magazine in February 1787 and it continued almost without interruption for 160 years. William Curtis edited the first 13 volumes, and the publication continued under the editors: John Simms (1800-1826), William Jackson Hooker (1827-1865) and Joseph Dalton Hooker (1865-1904). Hooker was a scientist of great repute and under his direction the magazine acquired a scientific air ~ "Careful analyses and dissections now gave the work a truly scientific character, and Thornton's sneer in 1805 that it was merely 'a drawing-book for ladies' finally became obsolete." William Curtis's nephew, Samuel Curtis, became the Editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine from 1827 to 1845. Curtis's Botanical Magazine (London: 1827) was published in two sizes. "Large-paper" prints, which were issued in very small numbers, were intended as presentation gifts. All the prints up through volume 70 are copper engravings, after which they are stone or zinc lithography until the introduction of color printing in 1948. Images were engraved and hand-colored by many artists including: Sydenham Edwards, William Graves, James Sowerby, John Curtis, William Jackson Hooker, W.H. Fitch, Matilda Smith, Lillian Snelling and Stella Rose Craig. It is the longest running botanical magazine and was entirely hand colored until 1948.
References: Blunt (1994) pp 211- 217, Great Flower Books pp 156 - 157, Nissen BPI 2350, Staflue 1290.

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