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Flowers of Java in 40 chromolithographed plates

HOOLA VAN NOOTEN, Berthe.
Fleurs fruits et feuillages choisis de l'ile de Java.

With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French.

With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French.

With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French.

With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French.

With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French.



Troisième édition. Brussels, Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt, [1880]. Folio. Original publisher's red half cloth, printed boards, title gilt. With 40 full-page chromolithographed plates after original watercolours by the author, each plate accompanied by one text-leaf, with descriptions in English and French. 44 ll.

Magnificent colour-plate book by the Belgian artist Berthe Hoola van Nooten (1840-1885), beautifully chromolithographed by P. de Pannemaeker showing Javanese fruits and flowers. Shortly after having followed her husband to Java, Indonesia, Hoola van Nooten became a widow at 21, leaving her in debt and with a family to support. To make a living, she took to the painting of the flora of the island. Her extraordinary sketches show the exuberant colour display of tropical fruits and flowers, ideally suited to the new technique of chromolithography. "Van Nooten was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage, vividly coloured flowers and exotic fruit, have been depicted with great skill" (Tomasi). Among the depicted plants are Mango, Pomelo, Rambutan, Durian, Cacao, Custard-Apple, Banana, Bread-Fruit, and Star-Fruit. The work was published in parts in 1863-1864, and republished twice, with the same plates.

Binding restored, new endpapers, some browning. Good copy.
GFB, p. 60; Plesch, p. 349; Stafleu & Cowan 3025; Stiftung für Botanik 363; Tomasi, An Oak Spring Flora 87; cf. Nissen, BBI 931 (first edition).


Related Subjects: Asia  Botany  Colour-Plate Books  Indonesia / Dutch East Indies  Natural History  Southeast Asia 

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