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BLUME, Karl Ludwig (1796-1862). Collection des Orchidées les plus remarquables de l'archipel Indien et du Japon. Amsterdam: C.G. Sulpke, 1858-[1859].

BLUME, Karl Ludwig (1796-1862). Collection des Orchidées les plus remarquables de l'archipel Indien et du Japon. Amsterdam: C.G. Sulpke, 1858-[1859].

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BLUME, Karl Ludwig (1796-1862). Collection des Orchidées les plus remarquables de l'archipel Indien et du Japon. Amsterdam: C.G. Sulpke, 1858-[1859].

Folio (17 2/8 x 11 inches). Half-title and letterpress title-page. Additional hand-colored lithographed title-page and 70 lithographed plates, including 56 hand-colored and one double-page as issued, by G. Severeyns after T.Bik, Blume, Gordon, Latour, van Raalten and A.J. Wendel (some minor spotting and offsetting). Later half green morocco, gilt, with the binder's ticket of W.S. Hiltz of New York on the front paste-down.

Provenance: Presented to the Pana Public Library by the W.E. Hayward Estate, label on the front paste-down.

First edition, separate issue. A very attractive work on the orchids of the Malay Archipelago. This work was also issued simultaneously, with a Latin title, as a supplement to the author's Flora Javae. spent his professional life working in the Dutch East Indies and in the Netherlands, where he was Director of the Rijksherbarium (state herbarium) at Leiden. He carried out extensive studies of the flora of southern Asia, particularly in Java, then a colony of the Netherlands. From 1823 to 1826 Blume was Deputy Director of Agriculture at the botanic garden in Bogor (Buitenzorg) in Java. Great Flower Books p. 50; Nissen BBI 175; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 569.

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