Orchids: The Royal Family of Plants with Illustrations from Nature
by Harriet Stewart Miner
Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1885. T90 pp. Twenty-four (24) chromolithograph plates on heavy stock (6 lacking) Gilt edges. Original folding cloth portfolio, heavily worn with separation at back strip. . First edition of the first American color plate book on orchids. Later editions were hard bound. "This is the ranking work on the subject, and very striking." (See Bennett, American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p 78.) Plates present include: Dendrobium Devonianum, Dendrobium Ainsworthii, Dendrobium Nobile, Masdevallia Veitchii, Cattleya Triane, Cattleya Chocoensis, Cattleya Mosslae, Cattleya Loddigesii, Laelia Autumnalis, Laelia Dayeana, Phalaenopsis Stuartiana, Phalaenopsis Schilleriana, Oncidium Barkerii, Calanthe Veitchii, Aerides Quinquevulnerum, Odontoglossum Roezlii Album, Odontolglossum Triumphans, Odontoglossum Alexandrae, Lycaste Aromatica, Vanda Suavis, Cymbidium Hookerianum, Cypripedium Niveum, Cypripedium Haynaldianum, and Cypripedium Spicerianum. Heavy cover wear. One portfolio flap lacking. Chipping on margin title page.
(Inventory #: 1111295)
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