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Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden Digitized Collections: Orchids


Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print

Illustration by Émilie Pradès Vouga, 1840-1909.

The Lenhardt Library exhibition created to complement the 2014 Orchid Show and was titled Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print.

Running through Sunday, May 11, 2014, it featured such rare books as Charles Darwin’s seminal On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects, and on the Good Effects of Intercrossing, published in 1862.

Another item was Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, with a beautiful color illustration of Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as Darwin’s orchid. 

Illustration of Darwin's orchid from Curtis's Botanical Magazine via the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Orchid Illustrations from the Lenhardt Library's Rare Book Collection



Illustration: left, Henry Lambert; right, W.H. de Vriese.

Darwin's orchids

This guide provided by CBHL