18 December 2002
BATEMAN, James. A Second Century of Orchidaceous Plants. Selected from the Subjects Published in 'Curtis Botanical Magazine' since the Issue of the 'First Century.' London: L. Reeve & Co., 1867.
4o (304 x 232 mm). Half-title. 100 hand-colored lithographic plates by and after Walter Hood Fitch, many only partially colored. Contemporary dark-green half morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt (a bit worn). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1869; stamps).
FIRST EDITION of Bateman's continuation of Sir William Jackson Hooker's A Century of Orchidaceous Plants, published by Reeve in 1846. The present work was issued in parts between 1864 and 1870 (according to B. Jackson Guide to the Literature of Botany, 1881), and like its predecessor includes specimens originally featured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Many of the species described are cool-climate orchids: these were largely ignored by collectors, after some initial enthusiasm, until the basic fact that they required a cool climate to flourish was understood. This took over twenty years and the present work covers the period when the group was embraced with renewed enthusiasm. BM (NH) I,p.109; Great Flower Books (1990), p.73; Nissen BBI 87; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 344.
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