The Orchid Album, comprising coloured figures and descriptions of New, Rare and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants.
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London 1882-1897. 11 volumes. Large-4to (303 x 240mm). With 528 coloured plates. Publisher's pictorial gilt cloth, gilt edges (bindings worn).
an important record of orchid varieties discovered and described in the 19th century
A rare complete set of one of the finest publications on orchids and an important record of orchid varieties discovered and described in the 19th century.
A copy with considerable foxing to the text, the plates however, are hardly affected as these were printed on thicker paper. Plates and text partly loose, some spines with tiny wormholes.
"John Nugent Fitch (1840-1927) both drew and lithographed the 528 partly hand-colored, partly color-printed plates that compose this work. Nephew to the outstanding lithographer Walter Hood Fitch, John Nugent Fitch was fifty-two years old before his uncle and mentor died" (The Orchid observed, 23)
"He (Williams) furnished the cultural notes for Mr. Robert Warner's 'Select Orchidaceous Plants', which was begun in 1862, and 1881 in association with Mr. Warner again, he commenced the publication of 'The Orchid Album', a monthly illustrated periodical which gained great popular favour" (Reinikka, History of the Orchid, p. 224). Most of the plates are handcoloured lithographs, some towards the end are chromolithographed.
Nissen BBI, 2107; The Orchid Observed, 23; Great Flower Books p. 149.