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Warner & Williams The Orchid Album Vols. I and XI. Color plates  

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The Orchid Album, Comprising Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare, and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants. Volumes I and XI

Warner, Robert & Benjamin Samuel Williams


B.S. Williams



2 volumes. Vol. 1 with 48 chromolithographed plates including 1 folding, interleaved with letterpress. Vol. 2 with 47 plates. (4to) 30x23.5 cm (11¾x9¼") uniformly bound in original brown cloth decorated in black and gilt. First Editions. 

The beautiful plates are by John Nugent Fitch. Great Flower Books, p.80; Nissen BBI 2107.

In the obituary for Benjamin S. Williams included in Volume 9 of the full set, the purpose of the work is described: "In 1881 he commenced his magnum opus, the Orchid Album, which was projected with the idea of supplying a demand for illustrations of Orchidaceous plants, with botanical descriptions of the plants figured, and notes on their cultivation ... Its appearance was hailed with great satisfaction in horticultural circles throughout the world, and it numbers among its subscribers nearly all lovers of Orchids and many of our leading and most influential horticulturalists."

Lot Amendments

Light rubbing to extremities; scattered light foxing generally not affecting plates, interiors sound with vibrant plates; both volumes very good or better.

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