Joseph Mansell. Pl. 40. "Laelia Harpophylla." From Reichenbachia, Orchids Illustrated and Described.
London: Henry Frederick Conrad Sander, 1888-94. Folio. Chromolithograph. Very good condition.
A handsome print from a magnificent and important authoritative study of orchids. Sander, a well known commercial nurseryman, published this series of botanical prints in response to the growing popularity of orchid plants in Victorian England. Sander employed some of the finest botanical artists of his day. Henry Moon, Walter Hood Fitch, and Loch beautifully captured on paper the detail and color of these exotic plants. All the specimens depicted are life size with analytical drawings of various plant parts. Sander titled his series after Dr. Reichenbach, a German authority on the study of orchids. All in all, one of the best and most colorful series of orchid prints ever produced.