A Century of Orchidaceous Plants, Selected from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Consisting of A Hundred of Those Most Worthy of Cultivation, Systematically Arranged, and Illustrated with

HOOKER, Sir William Jackson (1785-1865).
London: Reeve and Benham, 1851. Illustrated with 100 hand coloured full page plates (all plates and tissue guards present). Plates 10 and 16 are engravings, the others lithographs. The beautiful plates are by W. Fitch, probably the most renowned botanical artist of the Victorian era.
Second printing (first was in 1849). 78 pp. plus index.
Quarto, skillfully re-backed in three quarter black morocco over green cloth, lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Slight rubbing of corners, else fine.


The descriptions are by Sir William Hooker. The notes on cultivation of orchids is by John Charles Lyons (1792-1864). In 1867 ""A Second Century of Orchidaceous Plants"" selected by J. Bateman was published, a completely independent work from this one.

Sir William Jackson Hooker, F[ellow] R[oyal] S[ociety] (1785 – 12 August 1865) was an English systematic botanist and organiser, and botanical illustrator, as well as the editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. He held the post of Regius Professor of Botany at Glasgow University, and was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He enjoyed the friendship and support of Sir Joseph Banks for his exploring, collecting and organising work. His son, Joseph Dalton Hooker, succeeded him to the Directorship of Kew Gardens.

Walter Hood Fitch (1817 – 1892) was a botanical illustrator, born in Glasgow, Scotland, who executed some 10,000 drawings for various publications. His work in colour lithograph, including 2700 illustrations for Curtis's Botanical Magazine, produced up to 200 plates per year. Fitch's important works are his illustrations for William Hooker's A century of orchidaceous plants (1851), and for James Bateman's A Monograph of Odontoglossum (1864–74). [Nissen BBI, 87. Stafleu & Cowan 344].

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