- Publisher: Pomegranate
- Publication Date: 2012
- ISBN: 9780764963414
This book of postcards features thirty reproductions of hand-colored lithographs by John Nugent Fitch (English, 1840–1927), from volumes 10 and 11 of The Orchid Album (London, 1893, 1897).
Few moments in the history of plant collection can compare with the Victorian era’s orchid mania—called “orchidelerium.” So smitten were the British that they sponsored collecting expeditions to the New World and Asia, spent vast sums at flower auctions, and built mad “stove houses” to grow their adored plants. Within a twelve-month span, one collector shipped ten thousand plants to England from Panama and Colombia. A single orchid was sold at auction for £1,500, the equivalent of £110,000 ($175,000) today. Botanical explorers braved tigers, headhunters, treacherous terrain, and weather so trying they dreamt fondly of London winters. H. G. Wells devoted a tale to “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid”; the titular plant fed on human blood! Few plant families have provoked such fervent and febrile adoration.
Pomegranate’s books of postcards contain up to thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy, artful collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these stunning postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver. Postcards are oversized and may require additional postage.