Antique Botanical Prints - Sowerby's English Botany
Antique Botanical Prints -
Sowerby's English Botany
(England, 1793-1803)
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Background:

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
Matting Charge:  $25
Framing & Matting Charge:  $120
Dimensions: Print Only:  5 x 8 inches
Matted:  11 x 14 inches
Type of print: Original hand-colored engraving
Year: 1793-1803
Other details: Includes original text page

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Botanical Prints - Star of Bethlehem (No. 10230130)
Plate 130
Common Star of Bethlehem
Ornithogalum umbellatum

(1793)
$35
Botanical Prints - Buckbean (No. 10230217)
Plate 217
Fringed Buckbean
Menyanthes nymphoides

(1795)
$45
Botanical Prints - Gentian (No. 10230237)
Plate 237
Field Gentian
Gentiana campestris

(1795)
$35
Botanical Prints - Bindweed (No. 10230313)
Plate 313
Great Bindweed
Convolvulus sepium

(1796)
$45

Botanical Prints - Service Tree (No. 10230350)
Plate 350
Service Tree
Pyrus domestica

(1796)
$35
Botanical Prints - St. John's Wort (No. 10230371)
Plate 371
Mountain St. John's Wort
Hypericum montanum

(1797)
$25
Botanical Prints - Loosestrife (No. 10230527)
Plate 527
Yellow Pimpernel (or Wood Loosestrife)
Lysimachia nemorum

(1798)
$25
Botanical Prints - Nightshade (No. 10230565)
Plate 565
Woody Nightshade
Solanum dulcamara

(1799)
$35

Botanical Prints - Fern (Polypody) (No. 10230797)
Plate 797
Alpine Polypody
Polypodium lonchitis

(1800)
$50
Botanical Prints - Honeysuckle (No. 10230800)
Plate 800
Common Honeysuckle
Lonicera periclymenum

(1800)
$45
Botanical Prints - Everlasting Pea (No. 10230805)
Plate 805
Narrow-leaved Everlasting Pea
Lathyrus sylvestris

(1801)
$35
Botanical Prints - Dew berry (No. 10230826)
Plate 826
Dew-berry
Rubus caesius

(1801)
$35

Botanical Prints - Willowherb (No. 10230838)
Plate 838
Willow-herb
Epilobium hirsutum

(1801)
$35
Botanical Prints - Chesnut (No. 10230886)
Plate 886
Chesnut Tree
Fagus castanea

(1801)
$50
Botanical Prints - Hemp-nettle (No. 10230884)
Plate 884
Red Hemp-nettle
Galeopsis ladanum

(1801)
$25
Botanical Prints - Periwinkle (No. 10230917)
Plate 917
Lesser Periwinkle
Vinca minor

(1801)
$35

Botanical Prints - Catchfly (No. 10230922)
Plate 922
Corn Catchfly
Silene conica

(1801)
$35
Botanical Prints - Rose (No. 10230990)
Plate 990
Downy-leaved Dog-rose
Rosa tomentosa

(1802)
$50
Botanical Prints - Heather (No. 10231015)
Plate 1015
Fine-leaved Heath
Erica cinerea

(1802)
$25
Botanical Prints - Seaweed (No. 10231041)
Plate 1041
Red dock-leaved Fucus
Fucus fanguineus

(1802)
$35

Botanical Prints - Sea Pea (No. 10231046)
Plate 1046
Sea Pea
Pisum maritimum

(1802)
$35
Botanical Prints - Loosestrife (No. 10231061)
Plate 1061
Purple Loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria

(1802)
$35
Botanical Prints - Seaweed (No. 10231067)
Plate 1067
Endive-leaved Fucus
Fucus laceratus

(1802)
$35
Botanical Prints - Geranium (No. 10231091)
Plate 1091
Knotty Crane's-bill
Geranium nodosum

(1802)
$35

Botanical Prints - Thistle (No. 10231112)
Plate 1112
Musk Thistle
Carduus nutans

(1803)
SOLD
Botanical Prints - Betony (No. 10231142)
Plate 1142
Wood Betony
Betonica officinalis

(1803)
$35
Botanical Prints - Willow (No. 10231146)
Plate 1146
Broad-leaved Willow
Salix croweana

(1803)
$35
Botanical Prints - Fern (Polypody) (No. 10231149)
Plate 1149
Common Polypody
Polypodium vulgare

(1803)
$50