11 volumes, large 4to (11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in; 302 x 242 mm). Binding: Publisher's brown cloth stamped in gilt and black with title on upper covers and on spine, edges gilt.
Occasional light spotting, affecting some text leaves and approximately five plates. Extremities somewhat rubbed, small tears at head of spine in three volumes.
Begun by Williams with the idea of supplying a demand for orchid illustrations with botanical descriptions and notes on cultivation. The obituary of Williams, included in volume IX, remarks that this book has been "hailed with great satisfaction in horticultural circles throughout the world, and it numbers amongst its subscribers nearly all lovers of Orchids and many of our leading and most influential horticulturalists." John Nugent Fitch was the nephew of Walter Hood Fitch, and almost as prolific in output as a botanical artist. His original drawings for this work are in the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London.
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