Free Download: Vintage Botanical Printables

Free Download: Vintage Botanical Printables

Over the the past year, I've been collecting vintage natural history prints from various thrift stores, car boot sales and markets for our gallery wall.

In laying them out I discovered that I had a few empty spaces I wanted to fill and stumbled across this great resource: Botanicus.

Founded by the Missouri Botanical Garden Library, the project aims to digitize and catalog vintage and rare horticultural volumes, making them accessible to anyone with an interest in natural history.

There are hundreds of titles available, though this one has particularly beautiful plates.

Using the pages tab scroll down to the plates to view them and then download the volume as a high resolution PDF.

And now, you have access to an amazing collection of prints to create your own inexpensive artworks.


[via Honey & Fritz.]

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Abby Richards on Jan 05, 2018:

So neat, I am grateful to have some lovely botanical prints for hanging in my new home. Thank you!

Callie on May 01, 2016:

I can't get the links to open at all. Any advice?

Evelyn on Dec 17, 2015:

Why do some documents load right away and others never seem to load? I cannot see any of the pages in the Kohler document. Any suggestions?

Delia on Aug 09, 2015:

This is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing.

Imizu on Jun 30, 2015:

thanks alot :X :X

Anonymous on May 09, 2015:

just wanted to drop a huge thanks for sharing this amazing source, it's people like you that keep the little known stuff alive, for which people like me looking for it, owe you big time! Thanks again, been looking everywhere for this kind of stuff and your blogpost was a lifesaver

Marie on Jan 28, 2015:

Must thank you again for the tip to this resource. It's hijacked my afternoon and will prove invaluable for some research I need to do.

The plates I refered to earlier re. printing were from Kohler's Medizinal Pflantzen. 

Chloe on Apr 08, 2014:

This is VERY helpful! Thank you!

Matt Allison on Oct 27, 2013:

Hi Karina, trial and error! Honestly, I've tried several of them at A4 (a little larger than letter size) on my home printer and the've come out great on standard inkject paper, not so much on photographic paper, but that could be my printer/paper combo, not the images. You can also try going to a copy shop and have them print a 1 for 1 high res copy, then have them scan it at a higher resoultion, which you can then blow up further to larger sizes. Hope that helps! Matt

Karina on Oct 26, 2013:

Thanks for leading us to this site. Love it! What's your advice on pri ting them? Optimal size, paper to use, etc?

Katt on Sep 01, 2013:

TY Dan, finally figured it out.

Dan D. on Sep 01, 2013:

Here's the simplest way to get to an image, so you can get an idea of what this library is like. In the search box at top of the page, search for Curtis. Results should show a couple of results titled Botanical Magazine. Click on the first, with the dates 1790-1800. Now at left you will see one-word descriptions of each page. Click on Plate 1, or Plate 2, and you will see a Curtis botanical print.

Matt Allison on Jul 13, 2013:

Hi Becky,

Thanks for your detailed instructions and input. Much appreciated!


Anonymous on Jul 12, 2013:

I too am having a hard time finding the pages tab. There are the Titles, Authors, Maps tabls up at the top, but none that say pages. Perhaps a different link it required? Thanks!

Kira on Jul 12, 2013:

I'm with Anonymous. I can't find that "plates" link you mention and I'm having to comb through the books individually. Can you update your directions? I think the site must have changed. 

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013:

I now have Norton and a zip opener, neither of which I needed, but no botanical prints to be found.

Matt Allison on Mar 13, 2013:

Hi Laura, when you load the Botanicus website you'll see the "Pages" section in the top left hand part of the screen, use the scrollbar to scroll down to the "plates", click on them and the images load in the preview window.

Laura on Mar 13, 2013:

I am trying to look for printable botanic pics on this site that I are talking about and I can not find what you have described as plates? Can you please explain how to get to it in more detail please. Thanks

Becky Fuller on Sep 29, 2012:

This is fantastic!! 

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