Botanical print. Copper engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 11.75" x 7.25", sheet measures 14.75" x 10". Shows some foxing. In very good condition.
Illustration of an Euphorbia; plate 340 from "A Curious Herbal" which depicts exotic plants from the New World used for medicinal purposes. The cactus-like perennial plant is indigenous to Morocco.
Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758) was trained as an artist but untrained in botany. She collaborated with her botanist husband while he was in debtor's prison and with the curator of the Chelsea Physick Garden where the plants were under cultivation. She engraved the copper printing plates for the 500 images and also hand-colored the illustrations. The financial success of the book led to her husband's release from prison. First English edition.
Illustrator: Elizabeth Blackwell