5 vol. 8vo; 407 pl. (text not collated, foxing, numerous sometimes).
Contemp. half black shagreen, paper covers, gilt orn. spines with raised bands (leather withened, sm. traces of use, def. to upper joint of vol. 1869-70, a few pl. cut short with sm. loss to captions).
Vol. XVII-XXII of one of the finest horticulture journals of the mid-19th c. Illustrated with Van Houtte's portrait, 406 lithographed plates, mostly expertly hand-finished in rich and luminous colours and heightened with arabic gum (some folding), depicting flowers and plants for sale in Van Houttes's nursery. Illustrated also with b/w ill. in text.
Ref. Bibliogr. nat. IV:171. - Pritzel 10738* (mentions 17 vol., from 1845 to 1870). - Nissen (BBI) 2254. - Images de jardins [Cat. d'expo.] Namur, 1996, n° 89. - L'orchidée en Belgique [Cat. d'expo]. Bruxelles, KBR, 1961, n° 34.
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