Botanical prints are probably my favorite type of visual images and I’ve found a lot of electronic versions of them over the years. Many of them are scanned versions of books from the 1800s – before photography…a time when exotic plants were being documented and finding their way into gardens of Europe and America.
Back in November, I happened upon several books (items 16 and 23 below) that can be checked out from the Internet Archive; I realized that I had seen the work of many of the artists highlighted in the books…but there were others that I had not found yet. I did a quick check to see if their work was available on the free eBook sources I know about…and was thrilled with several new finds.
That started me thinking about the free eBooks I’ve browsed through previously and how I could make what I’ve found more easily accessible for others with similar interests. I will be creating a new section of my site in 2018 – eBotanicalPrints – toward that end. My plan is to provide a link to the free eBook; if it is there is not copyright issue – I’ll provide a sample image as well.
This post is an experiment to highlight the botanical print books I looked through last month. I’m surprised that there were 26! After the list, I have a gallery of the sample images. The individual images can be accessed via the ‘sample image’ link in the list. The books themselves often have pages of text (sometimes not in English)…but the images are plentiful. Enjoy!
- Icones plantarum Indiae Orientalis - or figures of Indian plants V3 * Wight, Robert * sample image
- Icones plantarum Indiae Orientalis - or figures of Indian plants V4 * Wight, Robert * sample image
- Icones plantarum Indiae Orientalis - or figures of Indian plants V5 * Wight, Robert * sample image
- The Huntington: library, art collections, botanical gardens * Bernal, Peggy Park
- Botanical prints with excerpts from the artist's notebooks * Evans, Henry Herman
- Botanical garden from Rio de Janeiro * Jobim, Antonio Carlos; Araujo, Zeka
- Bonsai kabenzu * anonymous * sample image
- Icones plantarum Indiae Orientalis - or figures of Indian plants V6 * Wight, Robert * sample image
- Flowers in Shadow * Oelbaum, Zeva; Stein, Sara Bonnett
- Drawn from Nature: The botanical art of Joseph Prestele and his sons * Van Ravenswaay, Charles *
- Abbildung und Beschreibung bluhender Cacteen * Dondorf, Bernhard; Fischer, Theodor Georg Viktor.; Fischer, Theodor.; Francke, Gustav.; Otto, Friedrich; Pfeiffer, Ludwig Georg Karl; Prestele, Franz Joseph Ulrich. * sample image
- Hydrangeas for American Gardens * Dirr, Michael; Dirr, Bonnie L. (illustrator)
- Icones plantarum cryptogamicarum * Martius, Karl Friedrich Philipp von; Mohl, Hugo von; Prestele, Joseph * sample image
- Ever blooming: The art of Bonnie Hall * Hall, Bonnie B.
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1895 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Women of flowers: a tribute to Victorian Women Illustrators * Kramer, Jack; Sunshine, Linda
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1894 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1897 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1898 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1899 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1902 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Le Moniteur d'horticulture - 1903 * Chaure and Ballif * sample image
- Treasures of the Royal Horticultural Society * Elliott, Brent
- The Pupils of Redoute * Hardouin-Fugier, Elisabeth
- Jardin de La Malmaison, Tome 1 * Ventenat, EP; Redoute, PJ * sample image
- Jardin de La Malmaison, Tome 2 * Ventenat, EP; Redoute, PJ * sample image