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

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Caraguta splendens
LVH60 $55
Sale Price: $35
Cactus, Opuntia rafinesquii
LVH61
SOLD
Guzmannia erythrolepsis
LVH62 $55
Sale Price: $35
Cactus, Echinocactus visnaga
LVH63 $65
Sale Price: $39
Cactus, Stapelia orbicularis
LVH59 $85
Sale Price: $55
Cactus, Echinopsis campylacantha
LVH65 $65
Sale Price: $39
Heliconia angustifolia
LVH66
SOLD
Pitcairnia nubigena
LVH67 $55
Sale Price: $35
Billgergia rhodocyanea
LVH68 $55
Sale Price: $35
Sanchezia nobilis
LVH69 $65
Sale Price: $39
Blandfordia flammea
LVH70 $65
Sale Price: $39
Lachenalia lutcola
LVH71 $55
Sale Price: $35
Aphelanora variegata
LVH72 $45
Sale Price: $25
Tritoma uvaria
LVH73 $65
Sale Price: $39
Tillandsia splendens
LVH74 $45
Sale Price: $25
Pitcairnia madifolia
LVH75 $55
Sale Price: $35
Billbergia liboniana
LVH80 $55
Sale Price: $35
Aechmea fulgens
LVH77 $45
Sale Price: $25
Pitcairnia altensteinii
LVH81 $45
Sale Price: $25
Aphelandra porteana
LVH82 $45
Sale Price: $25
Pitcairnia echinata
LVH83 $45
Sale Price: $25
Aechmea coelestis
LVH84 $45
Sale Price: $25
Guzmannia tricolor
LVH79 $55
Sale Price: $35
Billbergia quesneliana
LVH86 $45
Sale Price: $25
Pitcairnia altensteinii
LVH89 $75
Sale Price: $45
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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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