Lot 11
  • 11

[Thornton, Robert John

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
25,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature. London: for the author, 1810]
  • paper
Large folio (575 x 455mm.), 29 (of 31) plates engraved in aquatint, mezzotint, stipple or line by Caldwell, Stadler, Earlom Warner and others, after Henderson, Reinagle and others, printed in colours and finished by hand, most plates in Buchanan’s second or third state (other than those found in one state only), contemporary olive straight-grained morocco gilt, without the first two allegorical plates, plate 21 (superb lily) split along plate line, binding rubbed


Dunthorne 301; Great Flower Books, p.77; Grigson and Buchanan, Thornton’s Temple of Flora (1951); Nissen BBI 1955; Stafleu TL2 14.283

Catalogue Note

This is known as the “lottery” issue, from the method used by Thornton between 1811 and 1813 to extricate himself from financial difficulty. Two hundred portfolios of the plates from The Temple of Flora without text were offered as third prize. They are here watermarked from 1804 to 1810, but the plate of the queen flower is dated 1812. Using Buchanan’s numbers, the 29 plates are as follows: 3–8 9A, 10, 11A, 12A, 13, 14B, 15–23, 24A, 35–31.