LINDEN, Jean-Jules (1817-1898). Lindenia. Iconographie des Orchidées. Directeur J. Linden. Rédacteurs en chef: Lucien Linden & Emile Rodigas avec la collaboration de spécialistes éminents. Ghent: F. Meyer-Van Loo (later E. Vanderhaegen), 1885-1901.
16 volumes and Livraisons 1-8 of vol. 17 (lacks Livraisons 9-12 of vol. 17 published in 1906), 2o (350 x 263 mm). 800 numbered chromolithographed plates on 788 sheets by P. de Pannemaeker, G. Severeyns and J. Goffart after P. de Pannemaeker, A. Goussens, J. de Bosschere, G. Putzys and others, 12 of them double-page (no number 795 as issued, number 525 uncolored), 2 uncolored portraits. (Some foxing.) Contemporary purple quarter morocco gilt, cloth sides, vol. 17 in the 5 livraisons, original printed wrappers; cloth folding cases. Provenance: William A. McCarty-Cooper (sale, Christie's New York, 25 January 1992, lot 92).
FIRST EDITION of this scarce work. 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, p.85; Nissen BBI 2348; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4628. (17)