C1814

Azolla pinnata. Corysanthes fimbriata

Artist:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760 - 1826)

Exceptionally rare and historically important botanical illustrations, from Matthew Flinders account of his voyage to Terra Australis. Here offered in the superior and rarest deluxe issue. The deluxe issue of the Flinder’s atlas, has the botanical illustrations unfolded and with … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Azolla pinnata. Corysanthes fimbriata

Date:

C1814

Artist:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760 - 1826)

Condition:

In good condition. Edges with minor chips, perforations to left sheet edge from original stitching.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

350mm 
x 480mm

Paper Size: 

500mm 
x 750mm
AUTHENTICITY
Azolla pinnata.  Corysanthes fimbriata - Antique Print from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Exceptionally rare and historically important botanical illustrations, from Matthew Flinders account of his voyage to Terra Australis.

Here offered in the superior and rarest deluxe issue. The deluxe issue of the Flinder’s atlas, has the botanical illustrations unfolded and with untrimmed wide margins as issued. In comparison, the standard issue of the atlas, the botanical plates are found folded multiple times, to accomodate being reduced to a quarto size and the margins are extensively trimmed.

Robert Brown the naturalist on the expedition can be called ‘The Father of Australian botany’, for his effort in collecting over 3,900 specimens, of which 140 genera were new to science. Brown’s specimens and Prodromus published in 1810 formed the foundation for George Betham’s Flora Australiensis (1863-1878).

Top engraving

Modern binomial name Azolla pinnata

Common name Water fern

First described Robert Brown 1810

Distribution Australia wide

 

Bottom engraving

Common name Fringed Helmet Orchid

Modern binomial name Corybas fimbriatus

The original genus name of Corysanthes (Robert Brown, 1810) was continued in use for Australasian species until the 1940’s until it was decided that Corybas (Salisbury, 1807) be used. Recent research however has revealed their differences and Corysanthes is being used again (some bodies however have not accepted the new classification). 

First described Robert Brown 1810

Distribution NSW, VIC QLD TAS 

Biography:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826)

Bauer was a botanical artist born in Austria, the son of Lukas Bauer, court painter to the Prince of Liechtenstein. Orphaned next year, the brothers later came to the notice of a priest, Norbert Boccius, who encouraged them in botanical drawing and commissioned Ferdinand, when only 15, to paint a large number of highly finished flower studies.

In about 1780 the brothers moved to Vienna where they met Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin, then working on his Icones Plantarum Rariorum, 1-3 (Vienna 1781-93). He employed Ferdinand and his brother Franz in illustrating this work. This experience and training determined their future. When Professor John Sibthorpe of Oxford visited Vienna he was so impressed by Ferdinand’s work that he engaged him as his natural history painter; they left Vienna in 1786 and travelled widely in the Mediterranean before going to England at the end of 1787.

In 1800 Sir Joseph Banks arranged for Ferdinand Bauer to join the expedition of Matthew Flinders in the Investigator to Terra Australis. Bauer worked closely with Robert Brown the naturalist and together they collected and illustrated thousands of plants. By August 1803 Bauer had made 1000 drawings of plants and 200 of animals before returning to England in 1805. By then Bauer had made 2073 drawings, of which some 1540 drawings were of Australian plants and the remainder of plants from Norfolk Island, Timor and the Cape.
 

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