1768 Philip Miller Gardens Dictionary Botanical Prints

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Ferraria foliis lanceolatis
PML29
Reg. Price: $225
Sale Price: $155
Cerasus hortensis pleno flore,
Cerasus pumila Canadensis oblongo angusto folio
PML32
Reg. Price: $225
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Rheum foliis cordatis glabris, marginibus sinuatis, spicis divisis nutantibus
PML33
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
Robinia foliis impari-pinnatis, foliolis ovatis, ramis pedunculisque hispidis
PML44
Reg. Price: $215
Sale Price: $145
Aloe foliis linguiformibus variegatis, floribus pedunculatis cernuis
Watermark For Country & Liberty used in Thomas Jefferson's
Rough Draft of Declaration of Independence
PML40 $215

Sale Price: $145
Ixia Foliis
Watermark For Country & Liberty used in Thomas Jefferson's
Rough Draft of Declaration of Independence
PML51A
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
Hypericum floribus trigynis, calycibus acutis,
staminibus corolla brevioribus, caule fruticoso
PML37
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
Crataegus cerasi foliis, floribus magnis
PML38
Reg. Price: $215
Sale Price: $145
Gladiolus foliis ensiformibus, floribus majoribus distantibus
Gladiolus foliis linearibus, floribus distantibus, corollarum tubo limbis longiore
PML47
Reg. Price: $215
Sale Price: $145
Lilium foliis verticillatis brevibus, corollis capmanlatis,
unguibus petalorum angustioribus, floribus erectis
PML48
Reg. Price: $225
Sale Price: $155
Siliquastrum
Watermark For Country & Liberty used in Thomas Jefferson's
Rough Draft of Declaration of Independence

PML52
Reg. Price: $225
Sale Price: $155
Geranium calycibus monophyllis, foliis quinquelobis integerrimus, glabris peltatis
PML53
Reg. Price: $215
Sale Price: $145
Caprifolium germanicum flore rubello serotinum
Watermark For Country & Liberty used in Thomas Jefferson's
Rough Draft of Declaration of Independence
PML54
Reg. Price: $195
Sale Price: $135
Corydalis, Capnoides
PML55
Reg. Price: $175
Sale Price: $125
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1768 Philip Miller Gardens Dictionary Botanical Prints

Philip Miller was considered the greatest gardener of his day. He was a member of the Society of Gardeners, founded in 1724, consisting of about 20 members, all luminaries of the horticultural world who named newly introduced plants, among other duties. When the foundation decided to publish an illustrated survey of these new plants, the task fell to Phillip Miller in 1724. The book was named the Gardeners Dictionary and was a very important horticultural milestone widely used for over 100 years. It became the forerunner of later Gardening Dictionaries. In 1775, Miller first published Figures of the Most Beautiful Plants Described in the Gardeners Dictionary. Among the illustrators were John Miller, Richard Lancake, and the renowned Georg Ehret, who married Miller’s sister in law.

We are offering prints from the original German edition Abbildungen der nützlichsten, schönsten und seltensten Pflanzen welche in seinem Gärtner-Lexicon vorkommen published in Nürnberg: Winterschmidt, 1768-1782. The watermarks in this work are a study in history with an intricate connection to the Declaration of Independence. There are four distinct, strong watermarks on this paper of Dutch origin, two of which are remarkable. The first is the watermark J Honig & Zoonen. Paper similar to this, from the same time, bearing the same watermark was used to issue the priceless broadsides made by John Dunlap, official printer to the Congress 1776. Most of the 24 known copies are in public institutions, but one found at a flea market in Adamstown, PA for $4 sold at auction for $2.42 million in 1990.

Thomas Jefferson himself penned his “Rough Draft” of the Declaration on Dutch paper bearing the watermark of a lion in an oval boarder with the letters Pro Patria Eiusque Libertate, or For Country and Her Liberty! This watermark is also well represented in our selection, and we will note each sheet. Thus, our buyers can obtain not only a fine antique print, but a part of the history of the United States!

Philip Miller Watermark

The prints are rare, hand colored copper plate engravings in excellent condition. They are folio size, measuring approximately 10 inches by 15 ½ inches. The paper is a superb, heavy chain lined antique white paper with very little foxing or other defects. As is our custom, we have presented the top prints from the issue for our discriminating collectors. ALL our prints are original antiques, and these are guaranteed to be the stated age of almost 250 years old. Enjoy!


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