COCHLOSPERMUM GILLIVRAEI (COCHLOSPERMACEAE) - PLATE 12
Common name - Kapok
Line engraving by Gerald Sibelius, after Sydney Parkinson (1770) and Frederick Polydore Nodder (1778). Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Bustard Bay, Australia (22 May - 24 May 1770) Endeavour River, Australia (17 June - 4 August 1770) This small deciduous tree is found in northern areas of Queensland growing on hillsides and mountain slopes. The conspicuous yellow flowers are followed by red bell-shaped seed pods. The Aborigines are reputed to have used the plant as a source of fibre.
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.