The genus Masdevallia.
Issued by the Marquess of Lothian, K.T., chiefly from plants in his collection of orchids at Newbattle Abbey. With additional notes by F.C. Lehmann (German Consul in the Republic of Colombia). London, R.H. Porter, 1896. Folio (44 x 32cm). pp. (228), with 1 double-page chromolithographed map, 87 (1 double-page) handcoloured lithographed plates and 61 wood-engravings in the text. Contemporary half green morocco, spine with 5 raised bands gilt ornaments and lettering.
A good copy of this rare and most beautiful publication on the genus Masdevallia. "The original intention was to issue 250 copies, and it has been estimated that approx. 150 were actually issued, with just over 100 being bound" (S. Manning, Florence H. Woolward botanical artist 1854-1936, published in 'The Orchid Review' vol. 104). "Since the article you quote was written, I obtained the handwritten account book of Florence Woolward dealing with the printing and publication of 'The Genus Masdevallia'. In it, details show clearly that only 100 copies were printed" (Personal e-mail from Steve Manning). The magnificently executed plates are drawn and lithographed by the author herself. These handcoloured lithographs depict all Masdevallia-species in cultivation life-size. Excellent wood-engravings after a photograph of the perfect plant are given in the text. 'Drawings also of numerous species entirely unknown in this country, or known hitherto only as dried specimens, are generously promised by Consul F.C. Lehmann, whose exceptional advantages as a skilled botanist collecting for many years in those regions of Central and South America where alone Masdevallias are found, place him at the head of authorities upon the genus' (From the Preface). Some foxing mainly confined to the text. The nine printed wrappers of the original parts bound at the end. Nissen BBI, 2185.
Item nr. 5192
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