An exciting find in a Portland, Maine bookstore.
Last weekend we drove down from Montreal to Portland, Maine. We discovered Portland last year, almost by accident ( there was a train derailment and we were forced to take a detour of our planned route to New Brunswick); it was such a pleasant revelation that we decided to return this year and spend a little more time exploring this lovely little town. Portland is a university town and has a large art school, so very quickly and easily you can skip the tourist district and enjoy the more authentic cultural life of galleries, coffee shops and great restaurants. There are many good bookshops and not once did I see a Borders or similar chain.
After lunch on Sunday, just before we were about to leave I looked into a second-hand bookstore and found a fine copy of a book by Henry Correvon the famous Swiss horticulturalist. "Rock Garden and Alpine Plants' was published in 1930 and has the most beautiful coloured illustrations, this publication was translated into english and was obviously for the North American reader as it makes many references to his visits to the U.S. and Canada.
One of the eight illustrations.
The book has eight beautiful colour illustrations by an unidentified artist, they are definitely in the Art Nouveau style ( which in the 1930's must have been going out of vogue). This illustration is if sempervivums which is significant as Henry Correvon had also written "Les Joubarbes, etude du genre Sempervivum".
Sempervivum 'Aymon Correvon'
There are a number of plants baring the name Correvon, perhaps the most well known would be the Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon', but there is also a Sempervivum called 'Aymon Correvon'.
This picture of Henry Correvon is on the frontispiece of "Rock garden and Alpine Plants.