6151. Warner's fine work on orchids 1862-65

Object description
FINE PLATES OF ORCHIDS (2). WARNER, ROBERT. Select Orchidaceous Plants. I-II. (First and Second Series). London (Lovell Reeve) 1862-75.

Large folio (440x315 mm.). 76 coloured lithographs after W. H. Fitch and J. Andrews (of 79, lacking 3 plates [37, 38, 39] in vol. II, numbered 1-40, 1-36, some plates with slight foxing or slight soiling, a few a few with minor spots to margins, first plate in vol. II partly loose, probably lacking text to plate XII).
Contemporary burgundy half calf, covers with red title labels, partly worn and rubbed, split inner joints. Signature on title and dedication leaf. Title to second series with some repaired tears and frayed margin; text with some soiling, some creased corners, content leaf with repaired tear. 2 volumes.

Nissen BBI, 2108; Great Flower Books p. 149.
Robert Warner (c.1815-1896) was an orchid grower from Cheltenham in Essex. "The present publication is designed to present the lovers of Orchids with portraits of such of the most beautiful and recent acquisitions among the cultivated forms of this remarkable race of plants... it is intended that our illustrations shall present not only accurate but highly-finished portraits of the most interesting of the species." Benjamin S. Williams wrote the notes on culture. A third series was issued in 1877-1891.
Bought at Christie's April 25, 1990.