These antique botanical prints are from the first edition of English Botany,
illustrated by James Sowerby (1757-1822). Sowerby was an English naturalist, artist, engraver
and teacher. The botanical prints are all hand colored and produced
through copper plate engravings. The Latin name for each plant
is shown on the print.
Work on the first edition
began in 1790 and continued for 24 years. The resulting series
had over 2500 botanical prints of plants native to the British
Isles. Each print is provided with the original text page
authored by James Edward Smith (1759-1828). Smith was an English
botanist and founder of the Linnean Society of London, an organization
founded to study and disseminate information on natural history.
The success of this series
is attributable both to the detailed and colorful illustrations, as
well as a response to the widening interest in natural history both in
England, as well as in all of Europe.
|Price per print:
||Print Only: As shown
||Framing & Matting
||Print Only: 5 x 8 inches
||Matted: 11 x 14 inches
|Type of print:
||Original hand-colored engraving
||Includes original text page