DILLENIA ALATA (DILLENIACEAE) - PLATE 1
Common name - Red Beech or Golden Guinea Tree
Line engraving by Gerald Sibelius, after watercolour drawings by Sydney Parkinson (1770) and Frederick Polydore Nodder (1778). Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Point Lookout, Australia (1770) Endeavour River, Australia (17 June - 4 August 1770) A remarkable feature of these large trees with shady evergreen canopy is that the showy yellow flowers last for only one day. The species is confined to coastal areas in New Guinea and tropical north-eastern Queensland, where it is commonly known as the golden guinea tree.
Edition No 83/100
Mount size - 570mm x 740mm
Certificate of Authenticity - No. Each collection was originally sold as a set, therefore individual Certificates of Authenticity were never issued by the Publisher.
Each engraving is identified by a blind embossed stamp on the recto, recording the publisher's and printer's chops (ie: their signatures), the copyright symbol and date. The initials of the individual printer, the plate number and the edition number are recorded in pencil. The plate-marks are virtually uniform in size: 18 x 12 inches (457 x 305 mm), and the paper is Somerset mould-made 300gsm, each sheet watermarked 'AHE' and produced specially for this edition by the Inveresk Paper Company. The sheet of paper on which the image is printed measures 28½ x 21 inches (724 x 556 mm), and each of the engravings is protected within a double-fold sheet of the same acid free paper which has been cut to form a window mount. Every print includes watercolour embellishments added by artists working directly from Banks' own notes.