Books and journals

Although Jean Linden could expect to see the bids raise for the acquisition of a plant imported from tropical America and that he would then cultivate in his greenhouses, he could in no way foresee the fact that his publications would undergo the same rise in prices a century on. These books, which systematically illustrate Linden’s new orchids, have today reached considerable amounts on the market of antique books.

The horticulturist was undoubtedly careful to bring these books the utmost quality, which would ensure that these illustrated pages would become essential works of reference. Possibly remembering the care and the meticulousness of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Jean Linden called upon reputable watercolorists to make the illustrated plates of his collections: François De Tollenaere and Maubert.

Linden envisaged the publication of books and journals under two aspects: