Original Antique Prints
Antique prints of the 18th and 19th centuries display species of flowers, mosses, ferns, and mushrooms discovered by explorers and botanists of the time. Early prints like Sowerby's English Botany are diligently hand-colored. Self-taught artist Anne Pratt used a labor intensive printing method called chromolithography. Each print is priced affordably, shipping is free, and prints arrive in archival sleeves with acid-free mat board.
The Flowering Plants of Great Britain, 1855–1866
Chromolithographs, First Edition
Prints from Volume I
Prints from Volume II
Prints from Volume III
Anne Pratt (1806–1893) from Kent, England, is one of the best known botanical illustrators of the Victorian age. Although she was self-taught, Pratt wrote and published over 20 books of which The Flowering Plants of Great Britain is her most sought after.
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Elements of Botany, 1810–1812
Copperplate Engravings, First Edition
Volume I, Part 1
Volume I, Part 2
Volume II, Part 1 (not available now)
Volume II, Part 2 (not available now)
Robert John Thornton (1768–1837) was an English medical doctor best known for the his dramatic large folio plates of The Temple of Flora, 1799. Complete volumes and even individual prints of The Temple of Flora are rare. Elements of Botany was published in 1812 just after The Temple of Flora.
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Sea Mosses, A Collector's Guide and an Introduction to the Study of Marine Algae, 1881
Stereotype, using Nature Printing, First Edition
Alpheus Baker Hervey (1839–1931) was an American clergyman, botanist, and prominent phycologist and bryologist. He specialized in marine algae. Sea Mosses, A Collector's Guide and an Introduction to the Study of Marine Algae was published in 1881 and contains 20 detailed stereotype prints and many poems regarding the sea throughout.
English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms, and Places of Growth, 1790–1814 (First Edition)
First Edition Volume V, 1796
First Edition Volume IX, 1799
Second Edition Volume XIII, 1841 - Ferns
Second Edition Volume XIII, 1841 - Fern Allies
Second Edition Volume XIII, 1841 - Moss Part 1
Second Edition Volume XIII, 1841 - Moss Part 2
James Sowerby (1757–1822) was an English naturalist and illustrator. Contributions to published works, such as A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland or English Botany, include his detailed and appealing plates. The use of vivid colour and accessible texts were intended to reach a widening audience in works of natural history.
A Natural History of British Moths, 1872
Hand-Colored Lithographs, First Edition
Reverend Francis Orpen Morris was an Irish clergyman, notable as "parson-naturalist" (ornithologist and entomologist) and as the author of many children's books and books on natural history and heritage buildings.
Swiss Scenery from Drawings, 1820
Steel Engraving, First Edition
James Pattison Cockburn (1779–1847) was born in New York City and raised in a military family. Between 1816–22 Cockburn produced drawings in sepia as he traveled between the Alps, Italy and Switzerland. He drew vast panoramas, mountain passes, street scenes, and market places. Swiss Scenery from Drawings is considered one of the finest steel-engraved illustrated books of the 19th century.
The Annual Report of the State Botanist, for 1894, 1895
Chromolithograph, First Edition
Charles Horton Peck (1833–1917) was an American mycologist, the study of fungi, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. From 1867 to 1915 he became the New York State botanist. During this time he described over 2700 species of North American fungi. The Annual Report of the State Botanist was an published by the University of the State of New York nearly annually starting in 1895.