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BERLÈSE, (Abbé Laurent). Iconographie du genre camellia ou description et figures des camellia les plus belles et les plus rares peints d’après nature dans les Serres et sous la direction de M.L’Abbe Berlese par M.J.-J.Jung. Tom 3. Paris, H. Cousin, 1843. 1 (of 3) vol. (8) pp. W. 100 engr. plates (numb. 201-300), printed in colour and finished by hand, after Jung by Oudet, printed by N. Remond; all plates with 1 accomp. text-leaf. Fol. Cont. h. mor. w. raised bands & dec. gilt back, uncut. (Upper joint split, spine loosening, corners bumped, 1 plate loose, more or less foxed/browned in places).

Third volume of the most celebrated monograph on the camellia. Laurent (or Lorenzo) Berlèse was the greatest camellia expert of the nineteenth century. He was born in Campo Molino near Treviso, Italy, but carried out the majority of his research into the genus in France, using his private wealth to establish his own nursery and hothouses near Paris. Working with the Frankfurt-born artist J.-J. Jung, who was a fellow member of the Societé Royale d'Horticulture de Paris, Berlèse began publication of the present work with a subscription list of 250. The work appeared in parts, each containing two plates with accompanying text. - Nissen BBI 150; Stafleu & Cowan 16.057; Great Flower Books p. 75.

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