Flore illustrée de Nice et des Alpes-Maritimes.
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Iconographie des Orchidées. Nice, Caisson et Mignon, 1868. Folio (356 x 270mm). pp. (8), 83, (3), with 63 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spine, sides with gilt borders and blind pressed cornerpieces, gilt edges.
Dans ce pays favorisé par la nature, croissent la plupart des orchidées de France, d'Italie, d'Allemange
The work is dedicated to the Italian botanist Philippe Parlatore. The present copy is an interesting association copy as it was presented by Parlatore to lady Berta Sommier. The fine plates were drawn by Barla, who was director of the natural history museum at Nice. He was a man of independent means and dedicated himself to investigate the fungi and orchids of the South of France. This work on the orchids of the South of France is much rarer than the author's works on fungi and was published in a small edition only. "Cette végétation exceptionelle, doit évidemment sa richesse et sa variété à la configuration topographique, toute particulière, du bassin des Alpes-Maritimes. Dans ce pays favorisé par la nature, croissent la plupart des orchidées de France, d'Italie, d'Allemange, etc." (From the Introduction).
Nissen BBI, 78; Stafleu & Cowan Suppl. I, 20.221.