Cacti Succulents many unusual species of Aloe, & Stapelia.

Are looking for a collection of antique cacti succulents prints to decorate with? We have an in depth selection including Aloe plants, Stapelia and Cactus. Our old prints are antiques. Sourced bookplates from the 18th-19th century. Most are water colored engravings. Others are antique lithographs.

Cacti Succulents: Curtis Engravings from the Botanical Magazine of Stapelieae.

Stapelia or Stapelieae in Latin. This gallery consists of  c.1800 copper plate engravings on hand made rag paper. Published in England for The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed, is an illustrated publication which began in 1787. The longest running botanical magazine, it is widely referred to by the subsequent name Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. Each piece measure 11×14 and has archival matting.  Click here to contact us.

Background on Curtis & The Botanical Magazine

William Curtis established, authored and published an early English periodical named Botanical Magazine in February 1787. He created demand and ran the magazine until 1800. His leadership was followed by foe John Simms 1800-1826, William Jackson Hooker 1827-1865, and Joseph Dalton Hooker from 1865 to 1904. Many artists worked on the publication. They were Sydenham Edwards, William Graves, James Sowerby, John Curtis, William Jackson Hooker, W.H. Fitch, Matilda Smith, Lillian Snelling and Stella Rose Craig. Botanical Magazine was very popular. The watercolors, which were applied to the copper plate engravings, brought the magazine to life. Lots of subscriptions were sold as it was affordable. Subscribers collected issues. Which were generally catalogued chronologically and bound by the year. The art work is copper plate engraving through Volume 70. (After that stone then zinc lithography took over. Lastly, photomechanical color printing ended Botanical Magazine’s life. It ran nearly 160 years.

Curtis Aloe plants. Old engravings from the early 19th century.

Many unusual species of Aloe. These antique aloe prints date 1820 to 1900.  Cacti Succulents:  Curtis Aloes.   English hand colored copper plate engraving on handmade rag.  Individually dated as they published c. 1800.  Each piece measures 5×9″. Click here to contact us.

Assorted Aloe Plants, Cacti Succulent engravings and lithographs.

These antique botanical illustrations were published and issued on a periodic basis centuries ago.  The authors included Curtis, Edwards, Paxton. Each vintage print is in good condition. Outstanding bright colors. A few have issue folds that are part of the antiquity of the illustration. Each print measures approximately 9×12″

A great selection of antique cacti succulents prints including Aloe and Stapellia. 19th Century hand colored engravings and antique lithographs.  Available for sale by purchasing online, or by calling Anne at  413-245-4197  for immediate expert assistance. Email:

A quick explanation about 18th-19th century antique prints of cacti succulents.

Antique prints, antique lithographs and hand colored engravings quickly explained.  The history of printing is a fascinating subject. People had life long trades of professional crafts during the 17th, 18th,and 19th Centuries. Paper making, hand made rag papers, wove rag papers, were all employed trades prior to making paper from trees as we do today. Antique printing methods include copper plate engraving, steel plate engraving, and wood engraving. Lithographs and chromolithographs. Illumination by hand coloring, using water colors, and printing in colors by limestone plates. That doesn’t even take into account the difficulties of obtaining the insight, frequently by traveling naturalists,  to create the illustrations, producing the documentation or the text…

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