|<1>ILLUSTRATIONS and DESCRIPTIONS...CAMELLIAS(1831) by A.CHANDLER & W.B.BOOTH
<2>BOLLWEILERER CAMELLIEN-SAMMLUNG(1835) by C.BAUMANN & N.BAUMANN
<3>ICONOGRAPHIE du GENRE CAMELLIA [ Tome l ](1841) by M.L.BERLÉSE
[ Tome ll ](1843) กค [ Tome lll ](1843)
<4>ANNALES de la societe ROYAL...Gand (( Extract of 26 Camellia plates ))
<5>NEUVELLE ICONOGRAPHIE des CAMELLIA [ Tome l (Vol.1&2) ]
<6>L'ILLUSTRATION HORTICOLE (( 59plates from total 63 Camellia plates ))
Around the turn from the Middle Ages into the Modern, the Tokugawa shogunate, established in Edo (Tokyo) (in 1600), brought a peace to Japan after the prolonged warring state. As gardening became popular, many illustrations and literatures of increasing varieties of camellia were made.
In 1690, E. Engert Kaempfer, a German doctor and biologist, came to Nagasaki as a doctor for the Dutch East India Company, and he also visited Edo. After returning home, he wrote the book Aoenitatum Exoticarum which showed an illustration of camellia and introduced 23 varieties (in 1712). Philipp Franz von Siebolt, a German doctor arriving at Japan in 1823,brought some varieties like Donckeralii to Europe when he returned home in 1829.
As the trade with China and other countries grew throughout the Age of the Great Voyage, camellias were imported as well as many things into Europe. It is said to be around 1739 when the first camellia reached to Europe. After Alba plena and Variegata were introduced in 1792, various imported varieties were welcomed with enthusiasm. However, cross-breeding of camellias were spread among many European countries and a large number of new varieties were invented, because there needed a risk of crossing the equator twice in navigation to Europe in those days. Illustrations of Camellias and Botanical Illustrations were made, which also served as catalogues of such new varieties. Those books were printed in lithograph, then colored by hand, the numbers of copies of which were limited. Hence, only royalties, aristocrats, and wealthy merchants were able to purchase them. There are said to be not more than a dozen books in existence in the world.
I will show some illustrations of Japanese camellias and European out of such botanically valuable books as I collected.
I made the
Reprints of the old Camellia books
by myself and they are on sale now. They are computer-generated
facsimile editions which was introduced in "International Camellia Journal
2000 and 2001" and
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TITLE and PRICE of REPRINTS
|No.||collection no.||AUTHOR||TITLE||published year||priceUS$|
|1||2||C.Baumann & N.Baumann||Bollweilerer Camellien-Sammlung||1835||US$110|
|2||1||A.Chandler & W.B.Booth||Illustrations & Descriptions which ......Camellias||1831||US$110|
|3||3-l||M.L.Berlese||Iconographie du Genre Camellia[Tome l]||1841||US$210|
|4||3-ll||M.L.Berlese||Iconographie du Genre Camellia[Tome ll]||1843||US$210|
|5||3-lll||M.L.Berlese||Iconographie du Genre Camellia[Tome lll]||1843||US$210|
|6||4-l||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome l]||(Vol.1&2)1848-49||US$210|
|7||4-ll||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome ll]||(Vol.3&4)1850-51||US$210|
|8||4-lll||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome lll]||(Vol.5&6)1852-53||US$210|
|9||4-lV||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome lV]||(Vol.7&8)1854-55||US$210|
|10||4-V||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome V]||(Vol.9&10)1856-57||US$210|
|11||4-Vl||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome Vl]||(Vol.11&12)1858-59||US$210|
|12||4-Vll||A.Verschaffelt||Neuvelle Iconogaraphie des Camellia[Tome Vll]||(Vol.13)1860||US$110|
|13||5||Ch.Morren||Annales de la societe Royale .........Gand||1845-1848||US$110|
|14||6||Lemaire||L'Illustration Horticole||1854-96||US$ 80|