1845 Louis Van Houtte Flores de Serres Cactus, Bromeliad & Palm Tree Prints

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Caraguta splendens
LVH60 $55
Cactus, Opuntia rafinesquii
LVH61
SOLD
Guzmannia erythrolepsis
LVH62 $55
Cactus, Echinocactus visnaga
LVH63 $65
Cactus, Stapelia orbicularis
LVH59 $85
Cactus, Echinopsis campylacantha
LVH65 $65
Heliconia angustifolia
LVH66
SOLD
Pitcairnia nubigena
LVH67 $55
Billgergia rhodocyanea
LVH68 $55
Sanchezia nobilis
LVH69 $65
Blandfordia flammea
LVH70 $65
Lachenalia lutcola
LVH71 $55
Aphelanora variegata
LVH72 $45
Tritoma uvaria
LVH73 $65
Tillandsia splendens
LVH74 $45
Pitcairnia madifolia
LVH75 $55
Billbergia liboniana
LVH80 $55
Aechmea fulgens
LVH77 $45
Pitcairnia altensteinii
LVH81 $45
Aphelandra porteana
LVH82 $45
Pitcairnia echinata
LVH83 $45
Aechmea coelestis
LVH84 $45
Guzmannia tricolor
LVH79 $55
Billbergia quesneliana
LVH86 $45
Cactus, Cereus grandifloro
LVH87
SOLD
Cactus, Cereus Mac Donaldia
LVH88
SOLD
Pitcairnia altensteinii
LVH89 $75
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1845 Louis Van Houtte Flores de Serres Cactus, Bromeliad & Palm Tree Prints

Flore de Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe) was founded by Louis van Houtte, owner of the most successful nursery of the time on the European continent, and edited together with the prominent botanist Charles Lemaire.

The journal, with more than 2000 plates, was a showcase for lavish engravings of unique botanicals from around the world. The superbly illustrated plates, hand colored or finished lithographs enhanced with gum Arabic, contain a wonderful selection of plants following the interests of the famous contributors of the era - roses, bulbous plants, orchids, palms, rhododendrons, camellias and exotic plants among the 23 volumes.

Each single print measures approximately 6 1/2 inches by 9 3/4 inches & the double or folio prints 9 1/2 inches by 13 inches. On the doubles, there is a central fold, as issued and shown in the image. The paper is a fine, thick white stock, with very little foxing or other defects. The coloring is spectacular. In most cases, there is an accompanying text page and a copy of the title page.

Most of the plants depicted in the journal were for sale in van Houtte's nursery, so in one sense these plates acted as his catalogue. It is fascinating to see the species considered the most desirable of the times, with a preponderance of orchids, roses, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, not to mention carnivorous plants, tropicals and other exotics. It is a true pleasure to take a step back in time to visit this illustrious nursery, the like of which would be hard to find today.

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