English botany; or coloured figures of British plants. Edited by John T. Boswell, LL.D., F.L.S., etc., [...] The popular portion by Mrs Lankester [...]. Volume IX. Typhaceae to Liliaceae.
We have chosen to introduce the volumes of the English Botany by presenting first of all the painter James Sowerby, who, with his splendid images, contributed in a decisive way to the notoriety of this series famous, although it must not be forgotten that the editor, John Boswell, had also engaged other draughtsmen and painters. Sowerby had also collaborated on Woodville’s Medical Botany and on all of the publications managed by William Curtis, revealing himself to be an excellent painter of flowers. The English Botany is a source of information on the methods of cultivation, particularly of flowers, used in the 19th century. The division into class, order, genus and species is precise, broad and scientific for each plant. Details are in abundance in the description, the measurements and the nomenclature. The index, in Latin, includes specification in terms of species, subspecies and synonyms. In the 9th volume reproduced here, the Arum Italicum, the Cyripedium Calceolus and the Stratiotes Aloides are to be noted as examples of good color lithography.