Curcuma Zerumbet color engraving from William Roxburgh's "Plants of the Coast of Coromandel" (vol. 3: t. 201). William Roxburgh (1751-1815) was a Scottish surgeon and botanist referred to as the father of Indian botany. He identified many species and retained native Indian artists to paint them in life size. Roxburgh then sent paintings and descriptions to the East India Company, whose director, Sir Joseph Banks, had them published in three volumes entitled "Plants of the Coast of Coromandel" between 1795 and 1820.
The plate is inscribed as follows: Curcuma Zerumbet, Roxb.
Original plates from "Plants of the Coast of Coromandel", as well as Roxburgh's manuscript with detailed specimen descriptions, are now part of the collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Not only are Roxburgh's botanical engravings scarce, in addition the specimen depicted here is also outstanding in shape, color and size. This Curcuma Zerumbet engraving comes ready to display in a fine, gilt wood beaded frame and beautifully matted as shown. In good used condition, on wove paper, trimmed sheet, bright colors, toning, minor foxing and imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 28 1/2" by 24" by 1"; Sheet: 18 1/2" by 11 1/2" approximately.