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Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
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Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards

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Thirty color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.

Oversized postcards measure 6½ x 4¾ in.

Published with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

ISBN 9780764976216
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Himalayan Botanicals Book of Postcards
Works like the present must appeal to the lovers of art and horticulture, the latter of whom are mainly indebted to the labours of Botanists for the objects that afford them their greatest and most rational delight. —Joseph Dalton Hooker

Introducing his Illustrations of Himalayan Plants, Joseph Dalton Hooker (English, 1817–1911) wished he had been able to include more than a limited number of subjects, which had been chosen for their combination of “scientific interest with remarkable beauty in form or colour, or some other qualification that would render them eminently worthy of cultivation in England.” Hooker had nearly a thousand drawings to choose from thanks to the collection commissioned by his friend, the late John Fergusson Cathcart (Scottish, 1802–1851), and prepared by a team of Indian artists. In the end, Illustrations of Himalayan Plants included just twenty-four plates, mainly of plants from the state of Sikkim and all of which are all reproduced in this book of postcards.

In that same introduction, Hooker acknowledged the artists employed to create the drawings, noting the influence of Nathaniel Wallich (Danish, 1786–1854) on those he had trained at the Calcutta Botanic Garden. More than twenty-five years earlier, Wallich began publishing Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores, an extensive record of the flora of the Indian subcontinent. That work in three volumes, containing nearly three hundred plates, included specimens from Nepal, six of which are also reproduced here.

Together, these lithographs reveal the beauty, variety, and elegant forms of the plants that grow in the Himalayas, as well as the dedication of these nineteenth-century botanists and their efforts to document them. They are reproduced from the collection of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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  1. Aconitum ferox, from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1830), vol. 1, plate 41
  2. Ruellia gossypina (now Strobilanthes tomentosa), from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1830), vol. 1, plate 42
  3. Thomsonia napalensis (now Amorphophallus napalensis), from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1830), vol. 1, plate 99
  4. Arum guttatum (now Sauromatum venosum), from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1830), vol. 2, plate 115
  5. Rosa macrophylla, from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1830), vol. 2, plate 117
  6. Lilium napalense (now Lilium nepalense), from Plantæ Asiaticæ Rariores (London, 1832), vol. 3, plate 291
  7. Hodgsonia heteroclita (male plant), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 1
  8. Hodgsonia heteroclita (female plant), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 2
  9. Hodgsonia heteroclita (fruit), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 3
  10. Magnolia campbellii (flowering plant), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 4
  11. Magnolia campbellii (fruiting plant in foliage), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 5
  12. Talauma hodgsoni (now Magnolia hodgsonii), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 6
  13. Michelia cathcarti (now Magnolia cathcartii), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 7
  14. Meconopsis simplicifolia, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 8
  15. Meconopsis nepalensis (now Meconopsis napaulensis), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 9
  16. Decaisnea insignis, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 10
  17. Duabanga sonneratioides (now Duabanga grandiflora), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 11
  18. Aucuba himalaica, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 12
  19. Begonia cathcartii, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 13
  20. Begonia gemmipara, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 14
  21. (A.) Vaccinium salignum (now Agapetes saligna), (B.) V. serpens (now A. serpens), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 15
  22. (A.) Codonopsis gracilis (now Leptocodon gracilis), (B.) C. javanica, (C.) C. inflata, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 16
  23. Æschynanthus peelii, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 17
  24. Buddleia colvilei (now Buddleja colvilei), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 18
  25. Rheum nobile, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 19
  26. Quercus lamellosa, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 20
  27. Larix griffithii, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 21
  28. Cyrtosia lindleyana (now Galeola lindleyana), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 22
  29. Vanda cathcarti (now Esmeralda cathcartii), from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 23
  30. Paris polyphylla, from Illustrations of Himalayan Plants (London, 1855), plate 24
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