Berthe Hoola van Nooten Tropical Prints 1863

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

Inscription NOO12 $NFS
Each print measures approximately 15 1/2 inches by 22 inches.

We are pleased to present a collection of superb tropical botanicals and fruits from the very rare first edition of Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis de l'Ile de Java Peints D'Après Nature by Berthe Hoola van Nooten.

In her early 20s Hoola von Nooten found herself in desperate circumstances, stranded on the Island of Java, almost penniless, after the death of her husband. Like several great and hugely resourceful women artists before her, including Maria Merian and Elizabeth Blackwell, she responded by creating this breathtaking study of the plants of Java. Queen Mathilde-Sophie of the Netherlands, to whom the work is dedicated, was her patron.

Her preface appeals to women in general and speaks of the difficulties they encounter in life and the pain of exile. It is hard to imagine that a young woman could have accomplished such a project in the 21st century, let alone in the 1800s. She addresses the dire circumstances of her motivation for the work, the death of her husband, and the solace found in its creation. In her final sentence, she appeals to the solidarity of women to support her, a woman far ahead of her time!

It was published in the early days of chromolithography and its huge plates are among the most vibrant and beautiful images ever produced. Each print is on thick, soft creamy paper with occasional fox marks and spotting, mostly marginal. Each print is accompanied by the original text page and a copy of the original title page.

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Washington state residents pay Washington state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $12.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. International shipping is $35 for any number of prints and buyers are responsible for all customs duties. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, fax or email


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