Auction 124, Lot 717

"[Lot of 17 - Cactus]", Britton & Rose

Subject: Botanical

Period: 1920 (published)

Publication: The Cactaceae…

Color: Printed Color

7.5 x 10.5 inches
19.1 x 26.7 cm

A lovely group of 16 colorful prints of cacti, including the cereus, saguaro, and many types of Harrisia, with one photographic view of a field of saguaro near Tucson. The plates depict the flowers, fruit, and thorns of the plants using a photo-lithographic method. Plate XXII illustrates a flowering example of Carnegiea gigantea, commonly known as the saguaro, the state flower of Arizona. These were drawn by Mary Emily Eaton, and lithographed by Hoen & Co. Miss Eaton was an English artist who worked in New York between 1911 and 1932 where she was employed by The New York Botanical Garden. She was the principal illustrator for the Garden's illustrated serial Addisonia and she did the vast majority of paintings and drawings used to illustrate Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae. Her art work is now in the permanent collections of the National Geographic Society, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/7/2008