Linden. Explorer-Master of the Orchid
Bound with dust jacket; Pages: 256, Format: 28 x 23 cm, 250 illustrations of
which 200 in color, Hardback with jacket. as new! ! English text. ISBN
9789061536316. The young man subsequently spent some ten years exploring
countless unknown regions of Latin America, refining his knowledge and
developing his love of orchids. On his return to Belgium, Linden put this
knowledge to good use, setting up an exotic plant business which flourished as
collectors dispatched to all parts of the globe maintained a steady supply of
specimens. His success as a horticulturist swiftly made him a key figure in
scientific, political and economic circles. Further, his many publications still
remain landmarks in orchid literature. The present title draws on numerous
archival documents and the explorers own recollections, with the addition of,
amongst other material, magnificent illustrations from specialist journals and
accounts of the period.
with Belgium developing her own identity and homegrown scientific institutions,
Jean Linden (1817-98), still, a student, found himself in charge of the
country's first botanical expedition to Brazil.
For some ten
years the young man scoured the unexplored, regions of Latin America, gradually
refining his understanding of orchids and developing a passion for the species.
return to Belgium, he put his newly acquired knowledge to use selling exotic
plants. Business flourished, with regular shipments arriving from collectors
dispatched to the four corners of the globe. In very little time he became an
key figure in the worlds of science, business and politics.
Based on numerous archived documents and [can Linden's own accounts, this biography assumes an added dimension with the use, for example, of sumptuous color plates from specialized periodicals and publications of the era. A descendant of Jean. Linden, Nicole Ceulemans takes a critical and. searching look at her great-great-grandfather, while Professors Guido Braem (University of Maryland, University College Europe) and Ronnie Viane (University of Ghent) lend their authority and scientific expertise throughout.