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LEMAIRE, Charles (1800-1871). Le Jardin Fleuriste, journal général des progrès et des intérèts horticoles et botaniques. Ghent: F. & E. Gyselinck, 1851-1854.
4 volumes, 8° (240 x 157 mm). Half-titles. 405 lithographic plates (all but one numbered 1-430) printed in color and finished by hand, occasionally heightened with gum-arabic, 26 folding, 3 uncolored folding lithographic plates, numerous illustrations, some full-page. (2 text leaves and 2 plates detached vol.2, lacking a plate and accompanying text leaf numbered 182, a few leaves and plates with mostly marginal stains vol.3, small tear at foot of half-title vol.4, possibly missing text leaf 83-84 vol.4, generally clean with occasional spotting.) Later morocco-backed speckled boards (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. This fine periodical has a definite preference for the exotic: there are about 60 orchids shown, a similar number of bromeliads and many other plants suitable only for the hot-house in northern Europe. There is some confusion about the number of plates, caused by the double-numbering of most of the folding plates. Nissen calls for 430 plates, but Stafleu and Cowan record a number of double-numbered plates which are the folding plates in the present copy. Nissen BBI 2338; Stafleu-Cowan TL2 4376.