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Auction 125, Lot 860

"[Lot of 16 Cactus]", Britton & Rose

Subject: Botanicals

Period: 1920 (published)

Publication: The Cactaceae - Descriptions and Illustrations of Plants of the Cactus Family

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 several types of Harrisia, Binghamia, Rathbunia, Hylocereus, Selenicereus, Mediocatus, Webercereus, Werckleucereus, and Aporocactus. These cacti are from Central and South America, the West Indies, and southern North America, principally Mexico. The plates depict the flowers, fruit, and thorns of the plants using a beautiful photo-lithographic method. 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 in 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+

All plates are fine except for Plate XXXIV which has a small area of embossing accomplished on verso with some show through in blank area to the right and below flower.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/24/2008