Jean-Jules Linden (1817-1898)
Pescatorea. Iconographie des Orchidées. Brussels: M.Hayez, 1860. Volume I (all published), 2° (439 x 323mm). Half-title (bound as a section title). 48 hand-coloured lithographic plates by F.Detollenaere after Detollenaere and Maubert. (Repaired tears to inner blank margins of title, half-title and first text leaf, some browning to the first plate, small marginal tears to text leaf accompanying the 27th plate.) Contemporary green morocco gilt, covers with triple fillet border enclosing an elaborate inner border of massed stylized scrolling foliage, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt, gilt turn-ins, g.e. (neat repairs to joints).
First edition of this important large format work on a wide-ranging selection of the most beautiful orchids then in cultivation, originating from all the tropical regions of the world. The work is named in honor of J.-P. Pescatore of St.Cloud, one of the earliest orchid amateurs, a client of Linden's, who according to Linden, maintained 'la plus riche collection d'Orchidées du continent'. His death and the subsequent withdrawal of financial support by his executors meant that the publication was unable to proceed beyond the present single volume (made up from 12 livraisons of 4 plates each): this was apparently very much against Pescatore's wishes, but the unexpectedness of his death had not allowed him time to make his views clear to his heirs.
Linden, a native of Luxembourg, moved to Belgium in his youth and during his working life was responsible for the importation of over 1100 different orchid species. "An orchid hunter par excellence.. [he] was the first to search the mountain regions diligently for his orchids. In so doing, he was able to obtain many cool-temperature plants for his sponsors in Belgium. After ten years in the western hemisphere, Linden returned to work in Brussels in 1845, where with his son, Lucien, he founded Horticulture Internationale, the first major commercial competitor of the British orchid house Messrs. Sander" (The Orchid observed no.16 ).
Great Flower Books (1990) p.113; Nissen BBI 1196; Stafleu & Cowan 4622.