4 December 2014
IMPORTANT BOTANICAL BOOKS FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
DENISSE, Etienne (fl. 1814-1857). Flore d'Amérique dessinée d'après nature sur les lieux. Riche collection de plantes les plus remarquables, fleurs & fruits de grosseur & de grandeur naturelle. [Paris: Gihaut and Denisse, 1843-1846].
Broadsheets (496 x 325 mm.). 2 hand-colored lithographed titles and 201 hand-colored lithographed plates after Denisse by Gihout frères and Denisse, numbered 1-201. (Browning to some plates, a few plates with minor marginal chipping.) Loose in modern portfolio.
FIRST EDITION of this beautiful work on American botany. Denisse "worked for the botanical garden of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He lived for many years in the French West Indies, employed by the government [in Guadeloupe] to illustrate plants and collect horticultural specimens. Flore d'Amérique created a sensation when first released; the... magnificent hand-colored lithographs included many species considered exotic at the time" (Paradise in Print... An Exhibition, New York Botanical Garden, April 2007). This work was issued in fascicles of 6 plates between 1843 and 1846. Great Flower Books 55 (calling for 72 plates only); Nissen BBI 470; Pritzel 2157; Stafleu-Cowen TL2 1366 (calling for 200 plates only).
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