Helonias asphodeloides.

Fine early c.19th botanical engraving of the Turkey beard by Conrad Loddiges, The Botanical Cabinet, which was published from 1817 to 1822. Conrad Loddiges, a Dutch-born horticulturalist, settled in Hackney as a nurseryman in about 1761 and introduced many new … Read Full Description

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Helonias asphodeloides.




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Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

x 210mm
Helonias asphodeloides. - Antique Print from 1819

Genuine antique



Fine early c.19th botanical engraving of the Turkey beard by Conrad Loddiges, The Botanical Cabinet, which was published from 1817 to 1822.

Conrad Loddiges, a Dutch-born horticulturalist, settled in Hackney as a nurseryman in about 1761 and introduced many new and exotic species to Britain, becoming particularly well known for a fine stock of plants from Australia and the United States. Their nursery traded and introduced many exotic plants, trees, shrubs, ferns, palms and orchids from the Americas, Africa and Australia into British and European gardens. As part of their success they were encouraged to produce a “catalogue” of their plants which they named the The Botanical Cabinet and became one of the most influential botanical series produced during the great era of plant collecting.

Common names: Turkey beard, Eastern turkeybeard, Beartongue, Grass-leaved helonias, Mountain asphodel
Modern binomial name: Xerophyllum asphodeloides
First described:  Linnaeus
Distribution: United States.

Stafleu, F. Taxonomic Literature. A selective guide to botanical publications.. Ultrecht. 1976-1988 :: : 4914.
Dunthorne, G. Flower and Fruit Prints of the 18th and Early 19th Centuries: Their History, Makers and Uses, with a Catalogue Raisonne.. Washington 1938 :: : 187.
Sitwell, S. Fine Flower Books 1700-1900. New York 1990 :: : p. 160.
Nissen, C. Die Botanische Buchillustration. Stuttgart 1966: : BBI 2228.

National Library Australia: Bib ID 652484
Biodiversity Heritage Library: Call Number SB407.B67 1817-33
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VKamDgQg6X
State Library Victoria: RARES 580.5 B657
State Library South Australia: 580.5a

Joachim Conrad Loddiges (1738 - 1826)

Loddiges was the founder of the nursery was born in Hildesheim, his father Casper Lochlies was a gardener to a nobleman in Wrisbergholzen, near Hannover. Conrad trained in The Netherlands and emigrated to Britain at the age of 19 during the Seven Years’ War to take up employment as gardener for Dr J. B. Silvester in the suburban village of Hackney, north of London. When in his forties he married, he had not accumulated sufficient savings to expand a small seed business started by fellow German émigré John Busch, which he purchased, together with the good will of Busch’s clientele in 1771 and had fully paid for by 1777 by which time he began to write to people all over the world, urging them to send him packets of seeds collected from trips to native hills, valleys and plains. From these small beginnings, its initial catalogue appearing in 1777 the nursery business gained a specialist market in Britain, and was increasingly able to attract clients from estates and botanical gardens throughout Europe. George Loddiges (1786–1846) The nursery rose to great prominence during the early nineteenth century under George Loddige, who published in his serial numbers of The Botanical Cabinet coloured plates of rare plants introduced into its hothouses and gardens from around the world, and built the largest hothouse in the world to display the best collection of palms and orchids in Europe. George Loddiges also linked the nursery into the scientific circles of the day, becoming a Fellow of the Microscopical Society (FMS), Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS), Fellow of the Horticultural Society (FHS), and Fellow of the Zoological Society (FZS) in London, for he had wide interests in scientific subjects beyond botany, becoming particularly knowledgeable about early microscopy and one aspect of ornithology (humming-birds). Abroad the nursery’s influence spread to the imperial gardens of St Petersburg in Russia and the first Botanical Gardens at Adelaide in South Australia in 1839, by John Bailey who started with Conrad Loddiges in 1815. Herbarium specimens of Eucalyptus pulverulenta from Loddiges are in the Charterhouse School Herbarium dating from 1820.

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George Cooke (1781 - 1834)

English born engraver Cooke was born in London in 1781 and apprenticed to James Basire (1730-1802). Between 1817 and 1833 he produced, in connection with the nurseryman Conrad Loddiges of Hackney, London a large portion of the plates for, The Botanical Cabinet.

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