first edition, 23 volumes, 8vo (246 x 168mm.), over 2500 plates, the vast majority coloured, some folding, contemporary morocco-backed boards, spines gilt, occasional slight spotting; sold as a periodical not subject to return
Great Flower Books, p.85; Nissen BBI 2254
a complete set of this fine illustrated work. Louis van Houtte was the proprietor of the largest nursery not only in his native Belgium, but all Europe. It was famous for its splendid catalogues, issued by its own printing department.
This beautiful periodical, appearing monthly for almost forty years, was illustrated with chromolithographs, designed, printed and sometimes "rebouché au pinceau" in the large printing office situated in the middle of van Houtte's gardens. All the plants shown were for sale in the nursery, and exotic plants figure extensively.
The work is notable for the craftsmanship of the Belgian lithographers Severeyns, Stroobant and de Pannemaeker, who had mastered the art of colour-printing from stone.
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