PUYDT, Paul Emile de (1810-1891)
Les Orchidées ... dessinées d'apres nature sous la direction de M. Leroy, dans les Serres de M. Guibert
Paris: J. Rothschild, editeur, 1880. Large 8vo. (10 x 6 1/2 inches). 50 plates, printed in colour and finished by hand, numerous wood-cut illustrations within the text.
Contemporary green morocco-backed pebbled cloth boards, covers bordered in blind, spine with raised bands in five compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, silk moire endpapers, gilt edges
First edition of an important contribution to the literature on orchids.
This work is devoted to the orchids then in cultivation in Europe, beautifully illustrated with coloured plates and accompanied by a history and guide to the plants. The plates, by an artist named M. Leroy, are justly described as "beautifully done" (Orchid Observed).
Nissen BBI 1572; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8410; The Orchid Observed 22.