1845 Van Houtte Flores de Serres Fruit Prints

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Squash
LVH2 $75
Raspberry
LVH3 $75
Raspberry
LVH4 $85
Cherry
LVH5 $75
Raspberry
LVH7 $75
Pear
LVH11 $65
Raspberry
LVH8 $85
String Bean
LVH15 $55
Radish
LVH16 $65
Pear
LVH10 $65
Momordica charantia
LVH18 $55
Grapes
LVH19 $65
Decaisnea insignis
LVH20 $45
Punica granatum, Pomegranate
LVH21 $55
Apricot
LVH22 $55
Pecher a feuilles rouges
LVH23 $45
Melon
LVH24 $45
Pear
LVH25 $45
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1845 Van Houtte Flores de Serres Fruit 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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