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Mark Catesby
39. Sorrel Tree; 40. Acacia with Rose-coloured Flowers; 41. Candle-Berry Tree; 42. Water Acacia
Mark Catesby (ca. 1679-1749)Plate from Hortus Britanno-Americanus: or, a Curious Collection of Trees and Shrubs...London, 1763Hand-colored copperplate engraving23" x 19 1/2" framedHortus Britanno-Americanus: or, a Curious Collection of Trees and Shrubs, the Produce of the British Colonies in North America; adapted to The Soil and Climate of England.  With Observations on their Constitution, Growth, and Culture: and Directions how they are to be collected, packed up, and secured during their Passage.                            Mark Catesby's rare posthumously published guide to the seed-harvesting, transport, and cultivation in England of North American trees and shrubs. During the eleven years he spent in the Southeastern colonies of America (1712-19 and 1722-26) Catesby shipped to England an impressive quantity and variety of dried specimens as well as living seeds and plants, becoming in the process an expert in the difficult business of transatlantic shipping of botanical specimens.  Later, during his years of labor on the Natural History of Carolina, Catesby's connections among prominent London naturalists enabled him to encourage public interest in the cultivation in England of North American plants. He collaborated with several London nurserymen for the propagation and sale of his plants, notably Thomas Fairchild at Hoxton and Christopher Gray at Fulham. Gray's ca. 1737 broadsheet Catalogue of American Trees and Shrubs is illustrated with an engraving by Catesby of a magnolia, resembling the first plate of the Hortus and based on the same Ehret drawing. Catesby illust … [Click Below for Full Description]
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