Perennial and sometimes annual flowering plants. The leaves are usually in a basal rosette, and the upper leaf surfaces are generally covered with sticky, gland-tipped hairs and sensitive tentacles that entrap insects.
Droseraceae - Dionaea muscipula|
From: Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe by Charles Lemaire and others.
Gand [Gent], Louis van Houtte, 1847, volume 3, plate 280. Chromolithograph finished by hand (sheet 165 x 250 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 80The 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.
Droseraceae - Drosera filiformis|
From: Curtis's botanical magazine; or flower garden displayed: in which the most ornamental foreign plants cultivated in the open ground, the green-house, and the stove, are accurately represented and coloured. Conducted by Samuel Curtis. The descriptions by William Jackson Hooker.
London, Edward Couchman, 1836, volume 63, plate 3540. Hand-coloured engraving by Joseph Swan (sheet 135 x 225 mm). Text enclosed.
€ 50"The first and most important botanical magazine made up of 'figures' of plants and short descriptions. Provides a storehouse of exotics, paralleling the indigenous plants …" (Hunt). "A delightful work pictorially, never excelled as a periodical, most carefully coloured and a source of lasting interest and information" (Dunthorne). Started by William Curtis in 1787 publication still continues.
* Pritzel 2007; Dunthorne 88; Nissen BBI 2350; Great flower books pp. 83-84; Hunt 689; Henrey 472; Stafleu & Cowan 1290.
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