The Queen Flower (quarto edition)

Dr. Robert John Thornton (c.1765-1832)

Published by London, 1812
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Dr. Robert John Thornton (c.1765-1832) Illustrated plate from Temple of Flora, quarto edition London: 1812 Hand-colored stipple, mezzotint and aquatint engravings 22 1/2” x 19 1/2” framed Dr. Robert Thornton was determined that his country produce the greatest series of botanical illustrations of all time, and his Temple of Flora is unsurpassed as a botanical document of the Romantic era. Thornton assembled the finest flower painters to paint the original designs that served as the basis for the engravings, and no expense was spared in their production. These engravings are the first botanicals to include landscape backgrounds laden with symbolic, sentimental, and dramatic elements. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, as well as their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds, that place the Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. The work was first issued in parts between 1799 and l807. Thornton intended the work as a pictorial celebration, accompanied by prose and verse text, of the classification system of Linnaeus. He employed the artists Peter Henderson, Philipp Reinagle, and others to paint the plants, each in an exotic and romantic setting. Thornton exhausted his fortune on the book’s production, but in the process he created one of the most beautiful and distinctive works of botanical art of the modern era. In 1812, Thornton republished the Temple of Flora in a smaller scale for his quarto edition. Thornton was forced to sell his items at a lottery when faced with bankruptcy, after sales of the folio edition of the Temple of Flora failed to recoup his investment. He organized the Royal Botanic Lottery under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and it is thought that some issues of his quarto edition of Temple of Flora were given as prizes. Unfortunately, the lottery failed to help Thornton’s dire financial situation, and Thornton died with little money. The whereabouts of the original paintings, also included in the lottery are unknown. Bookseller Inventory # A00554c

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Title: The Queen Flower (quarto edition)

Publisher: London

Publication Date: 1812

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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