Camellia Stephany

Lorenzo Berlese

Published by Paris, 1841
Condition: Very Good No Binding
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Abbé Laurent (Lorenzo) Berlese (1784-1863) was born in Campo Molino near Treviso, in northern Italy. He moved to Paris as a chaplain and by 1817, through his own funding, began cultivating camellias. Interest in camellias peaked in the middle part of the nineteenth century, when large numbers of seedlings obtained from crossing variants of camellia Japonica were raised and named, mostly by the Verschaffelt family at Ghent in Belgium, and continuing with Berlese in Paris until he assembled a collection of around 300 species. In 1837, with his large collection of camellias amassed, many of them hybrid species, Berlese realized the importance of establishing a classification system and that a detailed monograph was required. The “Iconographie du genre Camellia ou Description et Figures des Camellia les Plus Beaux et les Plus Rares” was published in three volumes in Paris between 1841 and 1843, from the drawings made by J.J. Jung of the camellias in Berlese’s greenhouses. The arrangement of the text is unusual as the scientific and practical monograph is printed on the lower half of the recto of each text leaf with the description of the facing plate on the upper half and with the versos of the text leaves blank. Berlese was also a founding member and Vice President of the Société Royale d'Horticulture de Paris and. He lived for nearly 40 years in the French capital in contact with the highest scientific, artistic and political officials of his time. Each original stipple engraving is expertly colored and are fine examples of nineteenth century botanical art. This engraving, Camellia Stephany, 14.5" x 11", is in very good condition with light staining throughout and evidence of verso page text. This beautiful white flower with highlights of pink and yellow is well detailed and rests delicately on its stem with the rich green leaves bending below. Arader Galleries is happy to reduce the price of this engraving by 50% if client uses our excellent framing services. Bookseller Inventory # bh0511e

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Title: Camellia Stephany

Publisher: Paris

Publication Date: 1841

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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