Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana centuria prima. [Volume 1 proof plates] Public Deposited

Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana centuria prima. [Volume 1 proof plates]

Alternative title
  • Flora Græca: sive Plantarum rariorum historia, quas in provinciis aut insulis Græciæ. [Volume 1 proof plates]
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • TCD/FG/P0001
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Publisher location
  • England
  • London
Date Created
  • created 1806
  • Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana is a 10 volume work of hand-coloured engravings of the plants of Greece and Asia Minor, authored by the English botanist John Sipthorp and illustrated by the Austrian botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer. TCD/FG/P0001 comprises a rare set of 47 loose proof plates for the first volume, Centuria Prima, including the frontispiece with the original watercolour vignette. Only 25-30 copies of this volume were ever issued in 1806; printed in Shoe Lane, London by ‘Richardi Taylor et Socii’ [Richard Taylor and Company], and sold by ‘Johannem White’ [John White], Fleet Street, London.TCD/FG/P0001 forms part of the Trinity College Dublin Herbarium Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana Collection.John Sibthorp carried out two botanical expeditions to the mainland of Greece, the Greek islands, Cyprus and Asia Minor in search of botanical specimens which would identify the herbal remedies mentioned by the 1st century AD herbalist and medical doctor Pedianos Dioscorides. The first of the two expeditions took place between 1786 and 1787 and the second between 1794-1795. During the first expedition Sibthorp was accompanied by the Austrian artist Ferdinand Lukas Bauer, who undertook to draw the botanical specimens. Sibthorp died in 1796 without completing his work, as a result of the tuberculosis he contracted during the second expedition to Asia Minor. Prior to his death he drew up a will which bequeathed his estate to Oxford University, on condition that its rents were used to publish the Flora Graeca Sibthorpiana. His executors the botanist John Hawkins and the lawyer Thomas Platt appointed the botanist James Edward Smith as editor and publisher of the work. Smith published six volumes between 1806 and his death in 1828. Each volume includes 100 plates except the last one, which includes 66. They were engraved by James Sowerby from the drawings made by Ferdinand Bauer. After Smith's death, volumes seven to ten were published by botanist John Lindley.
  • Mellon Foundation
Resource type
  • watercolor (paint)
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
Digital Object Id
  • TCDFGP0001_01
  • 0124092


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