Beautiful botanical illustrations

Bartholomew are of course most famous for their maps. Occasionally, something in the Printing Record stands out because it’s an especially beautiful map. Occasionally something in the Printing Record stands out simply because it’s not a map. And occasionally something in the Printing Record stands out because it’s really special.

To be fair, plants and nature and things like that maybe don’t do it for everybody, but they do for me. So stumbling upon these beautiful illustrations really made my day.

Sheet of botanical illustrations

900 copies of these illustrations were printed on the 21 June, 1881. It is not known for whom or why.

Botanical illustration enlarged

There are six sheets in total all depicting around thirty-two individual plant species. The plants shown all appear to be indigenous, or naturalised to the British Isles. They include plants commonly considered as weeds, medicinal herbs, edible plants and one or two things that I have never heard of, thrown in for good measure.

Daisy

Short and sweet today as the joy of the illustrations is in the detail so I shall leave them to speak for themselves!

Elecampane