The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower - Garden Displayed: in which the most ornamental foreign plants, cultivated in the open ground, the green - house, and the stove, are accurately
In the Botanical Magazine, a classical 17th-century European publication, both the description of the plant characteristics and the enumeration of their properties are well done, but what truly strikes the eye is the beauty of the hand-colored images of flowers. The installments, which were avidly sought after by aficionados, became a popular source for information on cultivation methods and on worldwide flower varieties. In the two volumes we have here, of special interest are the mountain bluet, the Syrian hibiscus, the bird of paradise, the amaryllis vittata, and the poppy leav’d vipers grass. We invite you to view the beautiful images. From a phytographic perspective the engravings are precise and complete. We should mention the assistance provided by Curtis’ colleague J. Sowerby, an excellent painter of the natural sciences with a specialization in botany and malacology. Curtis made a valuable contribution to medicinal botany with the publication of his Assistant Plates to the Materia Medica or figures of Suches Plants and Animals as are used in Medicine. This publication is a fundamental short work for students of medicine and physicians "who vividly discuss the effects of herbs while they do not even have a minimal idea of what they look like"