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. 

 
 

Anne Pratt

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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Robert John Thornton, M.D.

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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Alpheus Baker Hervey

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.



Francis Orpen Morris

A Natural History of British Moths, 1872
Hand-Colored Lithographs, First Edition


Volume I
Volume II
Volume III
Volume IV

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.


Major James Cockburn

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.


Charles Horton Peck

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.

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