Botanical Prints from Lamarck Histoire Naturelle 1790s


While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

Pavonia LAB585 $95 Sale Price: $55
Each print measures approximately 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches

This encyclopedic work spanning over 50 years and running to 201 volumes was the undertaking of an enterprising young publisher Charles-Joseph Panckoucke (1736-98), who got his start in the publishing world of the day by collaborating on the Encyclopedie of Diderot & d'Alembert. This latter work was to become a definitive record of the history of European thought and a remarkable reference for all aspects of eighteenth-century European civilization. From the onset, it was controversial, banned by the government & condemned by the Pope, causing it to become enormously popular. 

We are offering prints just a few prints from the volumes relating to Botany, published in the late 1700s. The backdrop of the publication was the French Revolution, when, in 1793 Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine. It was a time of great transformation in France & the reorganization in a democratic manner of many of the establishments previously dependent on the whims of royal patronage. The old Jardin des Plantes became the Mus'e National d'Histoire Naturelle (National Museum of Natural History), run by twelve professors in twelve different scientific fields, one of whom was Lamarck. 

It is with great pleasure that we offer these prints, which have undoubtedly been touched by those who participated in the French Revolution. The artists for the botanical section included none other than the brothers Redoute, Deseve & Fossier. Each original antique print is folio size, measuring approximately 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, on strong, aged white chain lined paper, bearing the Whatman watermark. Some have been beautifully hand colored in England by one of the few remaining professional colorists. There is no descriptive text but a copy of the title page will be provided.

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Florida state residents pay Florida state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $12.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. International shipping starts at $40, but may be more depending on the size of the prints and the country. Buyers are responsible for all customs duties. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 14 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, or send email to panteek@aol.com

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