Dr. William Roxburgh was a Scottish surgeon and botanist who worked extensively in India and is known as the founding father of Indian botany. He published numerous works on this subject, illustrated by careful drawings made by Indian artists and accompanied by taxonomic descriptions of a large number of plant species.

Invited by the government of Bengal to take charge of the Calcutta Botanical gardens  in 1793, Roxburgh became Superintendent of the Company garden at Shibpur near Calcutta where he started to commission and collect illustrations for publications.
In 1820, at the Mission Press in Serampore, William Carey posthumously edited and published vol. 1 of Dr. William Roxburgh’s Flora Indica, or, Descriptions of Indian Plants from which these 15 pages originate.

This collection was a gift from Jeffrey M. Leving. It is part of the university’s permanent collection.