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Gibbosus by Édouard Maubert

Gibbosus by Édouard Maubert


A French botanist and horticultural writer, Charles Antoine Lemaire’s (1800-1871) specialty was the cactus plant, about which he wrote several books.  These beautifully colored and detailed engravings come from the 1841 “Descriptive Iconography of Cacti” (Iconographie descriptive des cactées), which he hoped would be the ultimate illustrated monograph of cacti. He asked the painter Édouard Maubert to do the illustrations and planned for 200 images, but funding fell short, and only 12 were made. He also edited the major horticultural journals of the day in France and Belgium, raising the standards to include high-quality colorplates.



  • Series title: Ico