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9: Blunt (Wilfred) and W.T. Stearn. Captain Cook's Fl

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9: Blunt (Wilfred) and W.T. Stearn. Captain Cook's Fl

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Blunt (Wilfred) and W.T. Stearn. Captain Cook's Florilegium, original subscriber's copy, number 93 for Mike Walpole (subscribers' list loosely inserted), 30 plates printed from the original copper-plates, original half black morocco, by Zaehnsdorf, cloth case, folio, Royal College of Art, Lion and Unicorn Press, 1973.

***Banks directed the preparation of the plates and had 3 sets of proofs pulled. These were used to make lithographic copies for Sir William Hooker's Flora antarctica, 1844-47. and James Britten's IIlustrations of Australian plants collected in 1770, 1900-05. Apart from the proofs the present publication is the only authentic printing of these magnificent copper plates. The full set (apart from 5 lost by the Royal College) were subsequently printed by Editions Alecto as Banks' Florilegium, 35 vol., 1980-90; but the nature of the plates makes it clear that the colour printing used in this edition is historically implausible; see Bridson, Printmaking, 19. The only occurrence of Banks' proofs for sale seems to be William Pamplin's closing catalogue part III, Feb.1863 item 405 a volume of 28 plates lettered "Botany Bay plants by Sir Joseph Banks" pencil notes by Brown. It did not sell at a guinea and was lot 562 in J.C. Stevens' sale of the remaining stock on 13/14 Oct. 1863..

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9: Blunt (Wilfred) and W.T. Stearn. Captain Cook's Fl

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May 27, 2010
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Blunt (Wilfred) and W.T. Stearn. Captain Cook's Florilegium, original subscriber's copy, number 93 for Mike Walpole (subscribers' list loosely inserted), 30 plates printed from the original copper-plates, original half black morocco, by Zaehnsdorf, cloth case, folio, Royal College of Art, Lion and Unicorn Press, 1973.

***Banks directed the preparation of the plates and had 3 sets of proofs pulled. These were used to make lithographic copies for Sir William Hooker's Flora antarctica, 1844-47. and James Britten's IIlustrations of Australian plants collected in 1770, 1900-05. Apart from the proofs the present publication is the only authentic printing of these magnificent copper plates. The full set (apart from 5 lost by the Royal College) were subsequently printed by Editions Alecto as Banks' Florilegium, 35 vol., 1980-90; but the nature of the plates makes it clear that the colour printing used in this edition is historically implausible; see Bridson, Printmaking, 19. The only occurrence of Banks' proofs for sale seems to be William Pamplin's closing catalogue part III, Feb.1863 item 405 a volume of 28 plates lettered "Botany Bay plants by Sir Joseph Banks" pencil notes by Brown. It did not sell at a guinea and was lot 562 in J.C. Stevens' sale of the remaining stock on 13/14 Oct. 1863..

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