1793 Copper Engraving James Sowerby Bupleurum Hare's Ear Thorow Wax EB2


"Bupleurum rotundifolium"

This is an original 1793 hand-colored copper engraving of the Bupleurum rotundifolium, commonly known as hare's ear, roundleaf thorow wax, thoroughwax, or "green gold", that is found in England and China. The plant is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat coughs, fevers, and influenza. A page of descriptive text accompanies this plate. Please see both images.


This 220+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +. Moderate aging in margins. Light wrinkling. Some light surface rub. Small hole - left margin.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Hand-Tinted Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5 x 9 inches; 13 x 23 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a scarce and beautiful collection of hand-colored copper engraved botanical plates of British flora from the late 18th century. Each plate is illustrated by James Sowerby, the English naturalist and illustrator, with an accompanying page of descriptive text by Sir James Edward Smith, the noted English botanist. These are not from the later editions, rather from the very first release of his work, hence the scarcity. In extraordinary condition, these rare plates are well-suited for framing and sure to appeal to all who delight in the beauty of plants and gardens. As Sir James Edward Smith writes in the preface to this edition: "The study of [botany] doubles the pleasure of every journey or walk, and calls forth to healthy exercise the bodily as well as the mental powers."

This piece was illustrated by Sowerby, James. There is no visible artist signature.

Keywords specific to this image: Art, Print, Flower, Nature, Medicinal Herb

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