Atlas des Plantes de Jardins et d’Appartements is a beautiful series of volumes containing detailed chromolithographs of flowers and plants by Desire Georges Jean Marie Bois, published from 1893-1894.
GSA Library holds several volumes of this series in special collections, and in total there are detailed illustrations of 400 plants. These are accompanied by explanatory text which describes the plant, its origin, the method of cultivation and its uses. GSA Library holds books 7-10, 13-14, 17-26, 29-30, and 33-36.
Bois was a French botanist, horticulturist and agronomist. From 1920 to 1932 he was chair of horticulture at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, in Paris. He was in charge of several scientific excursions, including trips to Haute-Savoie in 1922, and to Belgium and the Netherlands in 1932. He also taught classes at the École Nationale de la France d’Outre-Mer. He was a member of numerous scientific societies, including the Académie des Sciences Coloniales which he joined in 1925. In 1920 he was named president of the Société Botanique de France, being re-chosen for a second term in 1931.
These beautifully detailed illustrations of plants are held in GSA Library’s special collections, but digitised versions of these volumes can be found online, at the Internet Archive.
These titles are also available for viewing by appointment here.