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Classic work on orchids, with 772 chromolithographed plates

COGNIAUX, Célestin Alfred and Alphonse GOOSSENS.
Dictionnaire iconographique des orchidées.
Brussels, B. Vandievoet, 1896-1907. 64 instalments in 7 volumes. Oblong 8vo (14 x 17.5 cm) and 8vo. With 772 (of 825) chromolithographed plates after A Goossens. Contemporary black half morocco, title in gold on spines.
€ 4,000
A nearly complete set of one of the rarest orchid iconographies, issued in a edition of 250 copies only. The illustrations were printed by Goffart after watercolours by Alphonse Goosens (1866-1944), one of the most prominent botanical artists of the period. The orchids are ordered according to genus and each plate is accompanied by a explanatory leaf, which sometimes includes small wood engraved illustrations of details of the flower.
Text leaves somewhat browned, a few plates slightly damaged around the margins. Front board of volume six detached. Otherwise in good condition.
BMC NH, p. 362; Junk 1909; Nissen, BBI Supp. 2236n.
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