The Florilegium plates are unique because Banks insisted that every botanical detail should be cut into the copper plate, so that even when printed in black the impressions could be used for scientific study. Every turn of a leaf or twist of a stem is determined by the width and depth of the engraved line. This gives the Florilegium plates unparalleled levels of detail.
You can learn more about the printing process here.
The plates are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm). All of the plants are depicted at life size.
The paper is acid free Somerset mould-made 300 gsm, each sheet watermarked ‘AHE’, produced in a special making by the Inveresk Paper Company: 28 ½ x 21 7/8 inches (724 x 556 mm).
Banks’ Florilegium was published for the first time between 1980 and 1990. The edition was limited to one hundred numbered sets, with an additional ten sets Hors Commerce for the two publishers, three Exhibition Sets and three sets of Printers’ Proofs. The hundred numbered sets were fully subscribed. The remaining individual prints from the three Exhibition Sets are now being released for sale.
Some images are already out of stock and there are never more than three prints of a particular plate available. Orders will be taken on a strictly first come first served basis.
No. The Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), to whom Banks bequeathed the plates, have undertaken not to allow any new printing from the plates before 2040. In practice it is extremely unlikely that anyone will print a second edition.
No, at this point we are only accepting credit card payments made directly through the website.
VAT is automatically charged to UK customers at a standard rate of 20% at checkout.
International customers are not charged any tax.
Each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of acid free Somerset mould-made 300 gsm paper, cut to form a window mount. The name of the plant, the date and place of collection and the names of the artist and engraver are recorded on each mount.
For shipping your print(s) will be presented flat in a specially made acid free cardboard folio and packaged between double wall corrugated cardboard.
Your print(s) will normally be shipped, insured and recorded delivery, by Parcel Force. You will receive an email with a tracking number once we have dispatched your print(s).
Due to the complicated nature of storing archive prints, we collate shipments to go out once every week on a Wednesday. Depending on when you ordered, it may therefore be a few days before your print is dispatched.
AHE take the utmost care in making sure that the prints are packaged safely. In the unlikely event that the prints were damaged in transit, please contact me directly within 30 days of receipt to discuss returns and refunds. See also: Returns Policy