Original Antique Prints

Antique prints of the 18th and 19th centuries display species of flowers, mosses, ferns, mushrooms, and insects 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

Volume I
Volume II
Volume III

The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain, 1873
Chromolithographs, First Edition

Volume VI

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. 

Robert John Thornton, M.D.

Elements of Botany, 1810–1812
Copperplate Engravings, First Edition

Volume I, Part 1
Volume I, Part 2
Volume II

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

Check back soon for more antique engravings by Thornton.

Alpheus Baker Hervey

Sea Mosses, A Collector's Guide and an Introduction to the Study of Marine Algae, 1881
Stereotype prints 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.

James Sowerby

English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms, and Places of Growth, 1790–1814
Hand-Colored Engravings

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.

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.

The entire edition of A Natural History of British Moths is available to view here. Many are still available for sale.

Major James Cockburn

Swiss Scenery from Drawings, 1820
Steel Engravings, 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
Chromolithographs, 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.

Description de l'Egypte

From Napoleon's Expedition to Egypt, 1809–1813
Copperplate Engravings, First Edition

The copperplate engravings from Description de l'Egypte (Description of Egypt), published from 1809–1813 by the French government are the first comprehensive illustrated description of ancient and modern Egypt.  The publication is result of Napoleon Bonaparte's (1769–1821) pioneering military and scientific expedition to Egypt from 1798 to 1801. The prints are exceptionally detailed.

Description de l'Egypte,   Pl 7, Vol I Île de Philae

Description de l'Egypte, Pl 7, Vol I Île de Philae