Early Seed Catalogs


The Ethel Zoe Bailey Horticultural Catalog Collection contains a small selection of 18th century listings, mainly from England. Typically, these catalogs were no larger than 5" x 7," economics dictating a reserved approach. Paper-making and printing were both done by hand; engraved illustrations would have added significantly to the cost. In addition, the market at this time was fairly small; most people saved their own seed and traded plants with neighbors or bought locally.