Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia clematitis. From: Flora batava by Jan Kops and others. Aristolochiaceae
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Mostly perennial, herbaceous plants, shrubs, woody vines or even lianas. The bizarre flowers are large to medium-sized, growing in the leaf axils.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia anguicida
From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.
Gand [Gent], Louis van Houtte, 1848, volume 4, plate 344. Chromolithograph finished by hand (sheet 160 x 241 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 85
The founder, publisher and part-editor of this lavish Belgian periodical was Louis van Houtte, the propietor of the largest nursery of its time on the continent. It appeared monthly for almost 40 years and was published by his own printing office in the middle of the gardens, the Horto van Houtteano. All the plants shown were for sale in his nursery and include many exotics. The work is notable for the craftmanship of the Belgian lithographers Severeyns, Stroobant and De Pannemaker, who had mastered the art of colour-printing from stone.
* Nissen BBI 2254; Great flower books p. 84; Stafleu & Cowan 15.921.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia anguicida. From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia clematitis
From: Flora batava by Jan Kops and others.
Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp, 1807, volume 2, plate 160. Hand-coloured engraving (sheet 225 x 278 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 180
The Flora batava, a monumental work forming a beautifully illustrated survey of all indigenous plants in the Netherlands. It was started in 1800 by Jan Kops, a Dutch agronomist and professor of botany at Utrecht. The first 10 volumes constitute all that was prepared and issued under his supervision. When finished at last in 1934, Willem Jan Lütjeharms was the editor for volume 28, in which he concludes that this work has ended now and that publication took longer than any comparable foreign flora: De Flora Batava heeft langer geleefd dan een der met dit werk vergelijkbare buitenlandsche plaatwerken. The long publication period reflects the change in the technique of its illustrations. Initially copper-engravings were used, followed by lithographs, all coloured by hand, but from volume 25 colour-printing was gradually introduced. Also several artists were involved, but the plates are not signed, nor much information is given about them. Most plates in the first 3 volumes were illustrated by Georg Jacob Johann van Os. He was born in 1782 in The Hague and settled in Paris in 1826, where he worked for the Sèvres porcelain factory and was a painter of flower and fruit pieces, still lifes, etc. These early, finely engraved plates are exquisitely coloured by hand. Each plate is accompanied by a text in Dutch and French. The first publisher, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, was renowned for its scientific colour-plate books. The work was issued in 8vo and 4to. This plate is in the most desirable 4to format.
* Pritzel 4822; Jackson p. 324; Nissen BBI 2247; Great flower books p. 63; Landwehr 60; Stafleu & Cowan 3874; Sam Segal: Flowers and nature pp. 250-251 (Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os); Johnston 663; A hundred highlights from the koninklijke Bibliotheek 70.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia clematitis. From: Flora batava by Jan Kops and others.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia clematitis
From: Medical botany by William Woodville.
London, James Phillips, 1794 [-1795], 1. edition, supplement, plate 238. Hand-coloured engraving (sheet 174 x 227 mm). Foxing. Text enclosed (last part missing).
€ 40
William Woodville is noted for his early advocacy of the theory of vaccination and for these excellent volumes on Medical Botany (Hunt). This work contains systematic and general descriptions of all the plants in the catalogues of the materia medica published by the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and is illustrated with excellent plates drawn and engraved by James Sowerby (Henrey).
* Pritzel 10.398; Dunthorne 334; Nissen BBI 2183; Great flower books p. 81; Hunt 716; Henrey 1522 & I p. 30.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia clematitis. From: Medical botany by William Woodville.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia littoralis - Aristolochia elegans
From: The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches by William Robinson (editor).
London, 1886, January - June, volume 29, plate 549. Chromolithograph (sheet 217 x 280 mm). Illustrated text enclosed.
€ 85
All gardeners owe an infinite debt of gratitude to William Robinson - founder of The Garden (1871-1927) and Flora and Sylva (1903-05), and author of The English Flower Garden (1883, etc.) and other works - who helped to break the tyranny of formal bedding and, like Ruskin, drew attention to the beauties of the wild garden. Among the artists whom he employed was Henry Moon, who struck a new and personal, if not entirely healthy, note in botanical illustration. … (Blunt & Stearn). From 1880 Henry George Moon’s plant portraits dominated the pages of The Garden, a popular horticultural publication. Renowned for his lifelike paintings of orchids, Moon appealed to Robinson because of his ability to sketch flowers in a graceful, naturalistic style. The subtle colourings of his paintings and simple arrangement of flowers were very unlike the more stylised renderings that appeared in competitors’ publications. The beautiful colour-plates were lithographed and printed by the Belgian firm G. Severeyns and its successor J.L. Goffart, notable for their craftmanship.
* Blunt & Stearn pp. 239-240; Nissen BBI 2264.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia littoralis - Aristolochia elegans From: The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches by William Robinson (editor).
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia macroura
Bignoniaceae - Bignonia callistegioides - Bignonia speciosa
From: La Belgique horticole, journal des jardins et des vergers founded by Charles François Antoine Morren and edited by Charles Jacques Édouard Morren.
Liège [Luik], La Direction Générale, 1867, volume 17, plate 9-10. Chromolithograph (sheet 250 x 320 mm with folds). Slightly foxed. Text enclosed.
€ 110
Important Belgian periodical. A total of 35 volumes were produced from 1851-1885 by the Morrens, father and son. Charles François Antoine was director of the Jardin botanique de l’Université de Liège and professor of botany and his son, Charles Jacques Édouard, was also director of the Jardin botanique de l’Université de Liège and specialist on Bromeliaceae.
* Nissen BBI 2218; Stafleu & Cowan pp. 592-593.
Aristolochiaceae - Aristolochia macroura. Bignoniaceae - Bignonia speciosa. From: La Belgique horticole, journal des jardins et des vergers founded by Charles François Antoine Morren and edited by Charles Jacques Édouard Morren.
Aristolochiaceae - Heterotropa asaroides ?
From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.
Gand [Gent], Louis van Houtte, 1857, volume 12, plate 1231. Chromolithograph finished by hand (sheet 163 x 247 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 45
The founder, publisher and part-editor of this lavish Belgian periodical was Louis van Houtte, the propietor of the largest nursery of its time on the continent. It appeared monthly for almost 40 years and was published by his own printing office in the middle of the gardens, the Horto van Houtteano. All the plants shown were for sale in his nursery and include many exotics. The work is notable for the craftmanship of the Belgian lithographers Severeyns, Stroobant and De Pannemaker, who had mastered the art of colour-printing from stone.
* Nissen BBI 2254; Great flower books p. 84; Stafleu & Cowan 15.921.
  Aristolochiaceae - Heterotropa asaroides From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.