Our collection of fancy flowers will bring the beauty of the garden into your home. Buy antique prints of Tulips & Basilius Besler Hortus Eystettensis. Shop for the best from a trusted American antique prints dealer.

Fancy Flowers: 1613-1713 Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum Florum Stirpium.

1613-1713 Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum Florum Stirpium. All three additions of Hortus Eystettensis published in Eichstatt and Nuremberg Germany between 1613 and 1713. The work was to illustrate the magnificent fancy flowers in the Bishops Garden. This garden is where the bishop could go to be closer to heaven. Here he could praise God and celebrate the diversity of God’s creation.

In 1613 Basil Besler published the first edition of Hortus Eystettensis. It was the first important botanical work ever done on fancy flowers. It was printed in black-and-white, from copper plate engraving. There is text on the other side. Approximately 300 printed. 25 of those had watercolors added at the time, of the turn of the 17th century, up to 1613.

The second edition of Basil Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis was published in 1640 in Eichstatt and had a serpent watermark in the paper. Most have no printing on the verso while there was a few that did. The second edition was only fulfilled in black and white.

In 1713 Basil Besler’s work was published for the third time. Basilus Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis sive Diligens et accurata omnium Plantarum Florum Stirpium. Published in Nuremberg and Eichstatt, Germany. There is printing on the verso, and the paper is thicker. Paper making had evolved in the previous century. This edition was published in black and white. Meaning the water colors have been added sometime since to pieces you see in color.

Eichstatt is where the bishops garden was. He wanted to illustrate the incredible gardens of fancy flowers which surrounded his castle. Basil Besler was an apothecary. At that time it was common for people in the medical field to know a lot about botany. Everything about fancy flowers and everything else that grew. There were many objectives to address. What was desirable, what was most valuable, what was the rarest, what was the rarest fancy flowers? After all medieval times had just passed. It was the turn of the 17th century. It was a new time for discovery and enlightenment powered by the money behind the church.

Fancy Flowers: Antique Tulip Lithographs Framed

From our show collection, we are pleased to offer this magnificent pair of antique tulip lithographs which were published in Belgium from 1845-1888. Published for Flore de Serres, the top horticultural nursery catalog during the mid to late 19th Century, the renditions have exact, lifelike details. The stunning lithographs were printed in colors from limestone plates and water colored by hand to finish them off. Theses tulips are the two single best pieces in the entire series. Each piece was issued folded into the catalog and is framed in archival materials including 100% cotton matting, complete with UV glass. Anne framed them in gold leaf over red paint picture frames. Each piece measures 22×26.” Call Anne at 413-245-4197.

19th Century Antique Tulip Lithograph Gold Frame

Consider this special gift for someone who loves Tulips. A 19th Century framed antique tulip lithograph. With water color finishing. Published by the largest nursery on the continent in Belgium 1845-1888.  Measuriment: 17 x 20″ framed. $350. Call Anne at 413-245-4197 to place your order.

A Superset of Clematis in Purples. 19th Century Antique Lithographs of Fancy Flowers.

This superset of antique clematis lithographs in purples were published in Belgium from 1845-1888. Each and every color was applied with individual key-stoned limestone plates and finished by hand with water colors.

Tulipmania! Shop for Antique Tulip Engravings!

Tulips are the most important of all fancy flowers. That was determined early in History by the Dutch and at one time one tulip plant sold for 3000 pieces of gold.  These depictions are iconic examples of antique botanical illustration.  These are English water colored copper plate engravings on hand made paper.  It is the work of Curtis, Edwards and Sweet and they date to the early 1800’s. Each print was individually dated when it was published for the magazine they were featured in.  Measurements are about 5×9.”

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Antique Lithographs of Show Stopping Fancy Flowers!

These large foldouts date from 1845 to 1896. They are old Belgian botanical prints that were produced for Van Houtteano who owned the largest nursery on the continent and his major competitor Linden.  Hand finished color lithographs. Some have issue folds. Each piece measures about 10×14″ and have very strong vivid colors.  Perfect to mat to 16×20″ plus the picture frame itself.   Click here to contact us.

Show stopping antique botanical art… We are pleased to offer these stunning old botanical illustrations from the 1800’s. They are bold and beautiful images! Antique flower prints: top images produced by European nurseries to promote their offerings! Garden varieties… The fanciest bold varieties ever depicted by Van Houtteano and Linden! Striking antique prints of tulips and other fancy flowers that are over 100 years old! Classic antique botanical prints never go out of style!

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Fancy antique botanical illustrations of flowers will enhance your room’s décor by bringing the beauty of the garden outdoors,  inside.

Fancy Antique Botanical Illustrations:  Framed Bouquets!

These are exquisite botanical illustrations published for the Fairy Bower in 1846.  These are a lovely set of six hand colored lithographs framed and ready to hang.  Rare and great early American prints.  Early  high quality,  hand colored lithographs from the mid 19th Century. Exemplary of some of the best hand coloring produced at the time.   A perfect combination of lithography and intense water coloring with  archival framing.  Set of six $1800.

Antique botanical illustrations of flowers will enhance your room’s décor by bringing the beauty of the garden outdoors,  inside.

Antique flower prints in Pink. English hand colored engravings by Curtis and Edwards.

Fancy Antique Botanical Illustrations!  The colors in these English 19th Century hand colored copper plate engravings are bright and in good condition. Coming from English periodic botanical magazines by Curtis & Edwards, these are the foldouts so please see the folds. The folds are definitive clue that these antique flower prints are authentic antiques.  Perfect décor  for your traditional home.  Or as a great gift for garden lovers!  Each old print measures about 9 1/2 x 11″ to 12″ $95. each.   Click here to contact us.


Antique botanical art still satisfies the demand of gardeners today! 

The fancy flower prints shown on my website are all 17th & 18th century antique hand colored engravings and different kinds of lithographs.  There were many complex crafts involved in producing realistic antique botanical illustrations like these.  There was the art of creating the paper or paper making.  Engraving was an art.  There was the art of printing and publishing the work, book or subscription.  Finally there was the art of hand coloring the illustrations.  Only if you were great at water color illumination the final product was sellable. 

Craftsmen and Tradesmen had life long careers in the 17th,  18th & 19th Centuries.

Tradesmen in the old days, had life long careers. This was true throughout history of working trades, until the turn of the 20th Century.  Journeymen and Apprentices severed their “employers” for several years, up to 7 and 10 years,  for a pittance of room and board at best.  To become a tradesman, apprenticeships were required by law.  This was the only way that could go on to open your own shop or to work as a professional engraver, colorist or printer, themselves. Debtor’s prison was an unfortunate place to end up for those individuals that tried to fast track the system.   

Subscribing to Botanical magazines became a status symbol.

There was huge interest & demand to see pictures of the fancy and finest varieties of flora being grown everywhere.  Others wanted more knowledge on gardening. It was a status statement and one was instantly IN if they could afford to subscribe and learn all this new information.   Subscribers were immediately a part of the frenzy as the stream of information was delivered by direct mail, generally on a monthly basis.  Garden lovers were wild to receive their latest issue of the magazines they subscribed to.  This was one of the great pastimes for young women, doctors, clergy and other wealthy individuals who had disposable income for such luxuries.
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Good advice:  Flower arrangements sourced locally.