Unattributed. “The Steuartia". From Gentleman’s Magazine.
London: Edward Cave, 1753. 6 ¼ x 4 ¼ (image). Octavo. Wood engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
This botanical specimen originally from Virginia was introduced into Britain by John Clayton and first flowered in the garden of Mark Catesby. Following the death of Mark Catesby in 1749, interest in his pictures of American flora and fauna continued beyond issuing reprints of his original plates. The London journal, Gentleman’s Magazine, was the source of some of the most interesting and elegant maps and views of North America from the eighteenth century. Through this octavo sized monthly magazine, the English gentleman was kept well informed through fine visual images, as well as articles, about the latest news in the developing colonies. The most up-to-date, authoritative sources were used, making for the dissemination of, and subsequent preservation of, some of the best early historical documents about America.