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ALBUM DU MONDE
ELÉGANT. Indicateur Officiel Des Theatres. (Cover
Title). Paris: Pagès, L'Heureux &
An illustrated folio volume which gathers together various types of information useful to members of elegant Parisian Society. Chief among these is a series of illustrated seating plans for all the major theaters and opera houses of Paris, sixteen in all. There are also short sections on the Salon of 1872, the previous theater season, French chateaux, etc. But the primary content and the real purpose of the publication is advertising, much of it illustrated, for the luxury products and services of many of the famous of French names in industry, fashion and commerce. These include numerous clock makers, jewelers, perfumers, carriage makers, decorative iron works, furniture stores, fashion houses, haberdashers, glove makers, nurserymen, coffee roasters, etc. Many of these advertisements, most of them full page, include wood-engraved illustrations of special items offered for sale, or views of the interiors of shops or factories. The ad for Louis Vuitton, for example, includes a half-page view of their assembly plant in Asnières. Taken as a whole, the volume presents a fascinating view of French consumerism and taste just after the close of the Second Empire. Folio (40.4 x 29.5 cm); (294) pp. with numerous wood-engraved illustrations.
Original cloth with some spotting; light wear at extremities; fly leaves and last page creased.
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(Amboise) (FONTAINE P. F. L.,
attributed to) DOMAINE PRIVÉ DU ROI. CHATEAU
D'AMBOISE. (title from spine). (Paris?:
n.d., ca 1840).
A volume from the important series of architectural surveys undertaken under the reign of Louis Phillippe to document the various "domains" owned by the king, either as national or private property. The present volume consists of six plates showing the property as it existed at the time, including one folding plan of the gardens, laid out in a naturalistic style, and five other measured floor plans for the chateau. Scarce; OCLC records one copy only. 4to (33.7 x 26.5 cm); 9 ff. (6 plates, 3 double page).
Original quarter cloth with paper-covered boards; well preserved.
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de Triomphe du Carrousel) RECUEIL DE
GRAVURES, Représentant les Bas-Reliefs qui ornent
l'Arc de Triomphe de la Place du Carrouzel (sic). (cover title).
Paris: Mad. Dion, 1809.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, situated between the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, was designed by Percier and Fontaine and erected by Napoleon I between 1806 and 1808 as a tribute to the French Military Victories of 1805. These are individually commemorated by the six rose marble bas-reliefs which are reproduced as engravings and described here. The subjects are the Surrender at Ulm (by Cartelier), The Victory at Austerlitz (by Esperciaux), Napoleon Entering Vienna (by Deseinne), Napolean Entering Munich (by Clodion), the Conference at Tilset (by Ramey), and the Peace of Pressburg (by Lesueur). The bas reliefs were removed after the fall of Napolean in 1815, but returned to their place in 1830. Rare; no copies located in OCLC, COPAC, KVK or European Library; CCFr locates 3 copies only. Oblong pamphlet (12 x 20.5 cm); 12 pp. + 6 engraved plates.
Original printed paper wraps, stitched at margin; covers lightly soiled, otherwise well preserved.
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(Architectural photo album)
HOTEL DE BOUSSAIROLLES
(Montpellier, ca 1890s).
A remarkable photo album documenting a significant architectural landmark in the center of Montpellier France just prior to its demolition. The Hotel de Boussairolles was a large, three-story urban villa, with private enclosed gardens, located directly on the Place de la Comedie. It was demolished in the late 19th century, apparently as part of some larger urban development. The photograph album presented here was prepared to document the building, and in particular its luxurious interior, prior to demolition. Fourteen of the more important rooms are shown, fully furnished. Particularly impressive are the circular vestibule, entirely decorated in marble, with an elaborately carved frieze and cornice beneath a panelled marble dome. There is also an impressive "grand salon" with decoratively carved rococo boiserie, and other rooms with delicately hand modeled plaster wall and cornice decorations. Another salon on the second floor is decorated entirely with a variety of colored marble panels and columns. The album may have been commissioned by the firm which disassembled the buildings and later resold the interiors. On many of the pages which show the most impressive rooms there are lengthy hand-written notes describing the architectural pieces which have been preserved and were available for sale. It seems possible that the album was originally made by whoever undertook the salvage operations and later resale of the boiseries, marble work and other interior features of these magnificent house. In any case, it clearly served, for at least some period of time, as the visual catalogue of the architectural items which would have been in storage awaiting installation in some other location. Oblong folio album (33.5 x 43.5 cm); 23 albumen photographs mounted on heavy card stock.
Original leather with metal corners and clasp; two or three photographs faded at edges, but most images clear and dark.
ARCHITECTURE DE JARDINS.
Paris: Éditions Albert Morancé, n.d. (ca
A collection of plates assembled from "L'ENCYCLOPÉDIE DE L'ARCHITECTURE - Constructions De Style" offering a survey of garden architecture and design, mostly French, prior to the 18th century. 4to (27 x 22.5 cm); (iv) + 32 ff. with 39 plates from photographs, early paintings, drawings and plans.
Original wrappers, wire-bound; front cover partially torn along spine edge; covers lightly soiled.
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Nouveau) Marx, Roger. ESSAIS DE
RÉNOVATION ORNAMENTALE / UNE VILLA MODERNE / LA SALLE DE
BILLARD. N.P.: le baron Joseph
Elaborate documentation of the remarkable collaboration of Jules Chéret, Félix Bracquemond and Alexandre Charpentier in the decoration of the billard room at the Villa La Sapinière in Evian, home of baron Joseph Vitta, an important French art patron and collector of the period. The text, written by the important art critic Roger Marx, is supplemented by a series of fine heliogravure photographic plates of the interior, furniture, sculpture, murals and other decorative features of the room. Edition limited to 200 copies only. Loose as issued in portfolio, sheets measuring 45 x 33 cm.; (iv) blank + (iv) + 32 pp. with decorative head and tail pieces + 23 heliogravure plates, some folding + (iv) blank.
Original printed white paper covered and cloth backed portfolio; silk ties lacking; a short tear along crease of one inner flap; occasional foxing.
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AUDOT, L(ouis) E. TRAITÉ DE LA
COMPOSITION ET DE L'ORNEMENT DES JARDINS. Avec Cent
Soixante-huit Planches Représentant, En Plus De Six Cents
Figures, Des Plans De Jardins, Des Fabriques Propres A Leur
Décoration, Et Des Machines Pour Énlever Les Eaux.
Paris: Audot, 1859.
Last and most complete edition of this popular French pattern book for garden design, structures and ornament which passed through many revised and expanded editions. It first appeared in 1818 as a small manual with a text written by Guiol and was subsequently revised and enlarged by Pierre Boitard. The present edition, updated by Audot, with its several hundred illustrations and lengthy general text, offers an excellent overview of French garden design and practice at the middle of the nineteenth century. Sixth edition. Two volumes, oblong 4to (19 x 22 cm); color frontispiece + viii + 220 pp., viii pp. + 160 (ie. 168) plates. Ganay 186.
Contemporary quarter leather with marbled boards; well preserved.
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(AUDOT, Louis E., ed.) FIGURES POUR LE BON
JARDINIER; Représentant, En 70 Planches Contenant
Plus De 400 Objets, Les Ustensiles Le Plus Généralement
Employés Dans La Culture Des Jardins... Paris:
Tenth, enlarged edition of the FIGURES, a supplementary and complementary volume to the early French gardening periodical, LE BON JARDINIER, which began in 1755 and is still in publication. This volume was published to provide illustrations of the various tools and operations referred to there. It is especially valuable as a reference source for contemporary gardening tools, which it illustrated with sufficient detail to allow reproduction by blacksmiths or tool-makers who were shown the plates. The first edition of the FIGURES was published in 1813 with 24 plates, each subsequent edition added new plates while repeating those of the earlier editions. A descriptive text accompanies each plate and describes in detail the objects depicted. In addition to the tools, the plates also cover botany, grafting, pruning, greenhouse construction and operation, etc. Two 4-page supplements from 1835 and 1836 are added at the end. 12mo (18.2 x 10.8 cm); 148 + iv + 4 pp. + 71 engraved plates, some folding.
Original decorative printed paper wraps, well preserved.
(Bagatelle) FORESTIER, J. C.
N. BAGATELLE ET SES JARDINS.
Paris: Librairie Agricole de la Maison Rustique, n.d. (ca
Second, enlarged edition. Forestier, who was among the most noted French landscape architects of his day, was also in charge of the restoration of the gardens at Bagatelle. This study, first published in 1910, presents a history of the Chateau and its gardens from the 18th century up to their purchase by the city of Paris in 1905. It concludes with an 11 page chapter entitled "Quelques Idées Sur Les Jardins Modernes." This second edition, enlarged by at least 20 pages, includes new illustrations and updated notes on the rose garden and other plantings. 8vo (25.6 x 14.2 cm); 115 pp. with text illustrations + folding plan and 18 half-tone plates from early engravings, paintings and photographs (+ 9 pp. ads).
Original printed paper wraps, spine faded; well preserved.
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(B.T. BATSFORD Ltd.) A CATALOGUE OF
STANDARD ILLUSTRATED BOOKS RELATING TO DECORATIVE AND FINE ART/
ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION... Including Important Works
On...Town Planning, Garden Design, Building Practice, Construction,
Etc. Etc. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd., n.d.
A pre-war catalogue of this important and influential English publisher of books on architecture and garden design. Over 400 items are listed and described in subject areas ranging from historic architecture, building crafts and garden design, to drawing, design and composition, modern decoration and building construction. With an index of authors and subjects and a table of contents. Stapled pamphlet (21.6 x 14 cm); 96 pp. + 32 pp. illustrations from photographs, drawings and diagrams.
Original paper covers with colored pictorial illustration of a garden scene on upper and rear covers, light edge-soiling, rust marks coming through from staples; very good internally with errata slip.
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(Bois de Boulogne) VACQUER,
Théodore. LE BOIS DE BOULOGNE
ARCHITECTURAL. Recueil Des Embellissements
Exécutés Dans Son Enceinte Et A Ses Abords Sous La
Direction De MM. Alphand, Ingénieur En Chef, Et Davioud,
Architecte. Paris: Caudrilier, 1860.
First edition. This impressive volume is devoted to the various architectural embellishments recently erected in the newly transformed Bois de Boulogne just outside of Paris. Alphand was in charge of the project, but the individual park structures and ornaments were the work of the Gabriel Davioud, chief architect for the city of Paris under Haussmann. The distinctive picturesque style adopted by Davioud for the Bois became a model for park structures and embellishments in Paris and elsewhere throughout the remainder of the century. The plates which illustrate the volume show elevations, sections and details of gazebos, kiosks, covered benches, exedres. guard houses, restaurants, pavilions and other buildings together with a colored view of the Grande Cascade and a plan of the park. The architectural color plates were drawn by Vacquer, who also contributes the introductory text describing the architectural features of the park. Folio (39.8 x 27 cm); 12 + 22 colored lithographic plates + 10 mounted engraved plates. Ganay 262.
Contemporary quarter leather over pebbled cloth boards; leather scuffed; light foxing in margins of a few leaves.
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BOITARD, Pierre. LES INSTRUMENS
ARATOIRES, Collection Complète De Tous Les
Instrumens D'Agriculture Et De Jardinage, Français et
Étrangers, Anciens Et Nouvellement Inventés Ou
Perfectionnés... Paris: M. Abel
First edition. An extensive illustrated guide to early 19th century horticultural and agricultural tools and equipment. Nearly 600 different items are carefully depicted and described. These include spades, hoes, picks, ploughs, harrows, rollers, rakes, dibbles, trowels, wheel barrows, baskets, pruning shears, grafting knives, scythes, fruit pickers, ladders, cloches, flower pots, watering cans, etc. Most of the agricultural tools were from designs provided by the workshop of M. Cambray, while the horticultural tools were from designs by MM. Arnheiter et Petit. Readers were also encouraged to purchase them directly from these sources. Scarce; OCLC locates only two copies in North America (UC-Berkeley, Delaware). 8vo (22.5 x 14.5 cm); xvi + 187 pp. + 105 lithographed plates.
Contemporary full calf; top of spine chipped and worn; a light damp stain is visible in the top margin of the last 30 leaves.
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BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg).
A(ndreas). A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND
GARDENING: Being A New Method of Cultivating and Increasing
all sorts of Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers. A Very Curious Work:
Containing many Useful Secrets in Nature, for helping the Vegetation of
Trees and Plants, and for fertilizing the most Stubborn Soils...
Translated from The High-Dutch, with Remarks: and Adorned with Cuts.
The whole Revised and Compared with the Original, together with a
Preface, confirming this New Method, By RICHARD BRADLEY.
London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay, 1721.
First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to it his own preface as well as a translation of the preface from the French edition. The text is illustrated with copies of the plates from the original German edition. These plates depict examples of the regenerative process described by Agricola along with the grafting techniques, tools and structures employed in the various operations. In publishing Agricola's discoveries in England Bradley was doing what he seemed to do best: publicizing the latest horticultural advances and theories at a moment close to their inception. Royal 4to (27 x 22 cm); (xxiv) + 300 + (iv) pp. + 22 plates (some folding) with 34 engravings. Hunt 452; Henrey 411
Original full calf, blind-stamped on upper and lower covers, with raised bands and gilt ruling on spine; lettering to spine faded; outer hinges partially split and spine ends worn; two old small library stamps on edges of title page.
BRÈS, Jean-Pierre. LES PAYSAGES.
Paris: Lawful, 1824.
A series of poems celebrating the power of landscape and the various elements (such as "fabriques") that adorn it. Inspired by the paintings of Poussin, Bras tried to depict in poetry landscapes worthy of receiving "les grands holmes de l'antiquité," and "fabriques" representing le "paysage héroique." The text is divided into four books, each with 9 poems addressed to different exemplary "paysages," such as the house of Virgil, the fountain of love, the tower, the mill, the enchanted forest, the isles of Greece, the cascade and the magic grotto. Second edition, Ganay 558; first published in 1821. Scarce. 24mo (13.7 x 8.5 cm); xxv + (iv) + 29-216 pp. + 4 engraved plates.
Contemporary plain paper wrapper with worn paper spine label; text leaves unopened.
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(California Midwinter International Exposition)
WINTERS ART LITHOGRAPHING COMPANY'S
OFFICIAL PORTFOLIO OF THE CALIFORNIA MIDWINTER INTERNATIONAL
EXPOSITION. Illustrations From Water Color Drawings By C.
Graham. (San Francisco:) Winters Art Lithographing
A colorful souvenir brochure of the first World's Fair to be held in California. Located in Golden Gate Park, the fair grounds were built in six months and remained open for six months. C. Graham, the "director of Color" for the fair provided the drawings which are reproduced here as vibrant color lithographs. The text describes all the major building and exhibits at the fair. A bird's eye view of the grounds is included among the illustrations. Stapled oblong brochure (14.2 x 19.5 cm); 32 pp. illustrated with chromolithographs, many full page, and 1 double page.
Original illustrated printed paper wraps, with short creases at corners and outer margin; small stain in outer blank margin, well clear of text and images.
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(Cambridge Botanic Gardens)
MARTYN, Thomas. CATALOGUS HORTI BOTANICI
CANTABRIGIENSIS. Cambridge: J.
First edition of the first printed catalogue of the university botanic garden at Cambridge. The garden was opened in 1762 and stocked with contributions from various gardeners and nurserymen such as James Gordon, Christopher Gray and Philip Miller, whose son was its first curator. Thomas Martyn was the first Reader there and also took over the role of curator in 1770 when Miller left on an expedition to India and Sumatra. He prepared the CATALOGUS, in particular, for the use of students at the University. It is arranged according to the Linnean system, with Latin descriptions of each plant provided, as well as English common names. It was one of the first English botanical publications to use Linnean nomenclature. The CATALOGUS appears to have been issued in two versions: one includes a folding indexed plan of the garden, the other a portrait of Richard Walker, founder of the garden. We cannot find records of any copy which includes both. The present copy includes the folding plan. 8vo (20.5 x 12.7 cm); (xii) + 193 + (23) pp. + folding frontispiece plan of the garden. Henry 1021; Hunt 621 (with portrait); Stafleu/Cowan 5566; Pritzel 5924.
Contemporary quarter sheep with paper covered boards; joints cracked.
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Jean-Gabriel) PROMENADES OU ITINÉRAIRE DES
JARDINS DE CHANTILLY, Orné D'un Plan Et De Vingt
Estampes Qui En Représentent Les Principales Vues,
Dessinées Et Gravées par Mérigot.
Paris: Chez Desenne, 1791.
First edition. An anonymous descriptive guide and illustrated view book for one of the most celebrated picturesque gardens in France. The first gardens at Chantilly were laid out in the 16th century, but Louis II de Bourbon (the "Grande Condé") employed LeNôtre to redesign and enlarge them between 1663 and 1686. The large, marshy site and its proximity to the River Nonette allowed for extensive and varied use of water in the composition of formal gardens on a vast scale. Le Nôtre regarded them as one of his greatest achievements. In the eighteenth century the gardens were again altered and enlarged and were among the earliest and most prominent examples of the French "picturesque" style. It is these gardens which figure most prominently in the present work. The jardin anglais laid out by Jean-Francois Leroy in 1774 included a pond, cascades, a canal, vine-covered trellises, and other picturesque features. The rustic "Hameau," built in 1775, became a model for those built in many French fermes ornées of the period, including the Petit Trianon. Most of these features are illustrated by the plates included here. The text, which describes the gardens and provides some history of the chateau, was published anonymously. Ganay and the Bibliothèque Nationale both attribute it to René-Louis de Girardin, creator of the gardens of Ermenonville. It is, however, more generally attributed to his son, Stanislas de Girardin, who is also frequently (and questionably) cited as the author of a similar guide to Ermenonville. The two guides were both illustrated with aquatint engravings by Jean-Gabriel Mérigot, whose name is also often given as the author of both works. 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm); (iv) + 60 pp. + folding plan and 20 aquatint plates. Ganay 130; Berlin Cat 3477.
Contemporary boards, recently rebacked in leather; a portion of the type on two leaves has been effaced (or was not properly inked when printed) and the missing letters have been filled in by hand.
Godefroy, OEUVRES SCIENTIFIQUES DE MICHEL-EUGENE
CHEVREUL Doyen Des Etudiants De France 1806-1886
A detailed bibliography of the extensive scientific work of this director of the Gobelins tapestry works whose studies of color theory had a significant impact on later developments in the fields of art and design, including garden design. With an introduction by M.J. Desnoyers, librarian of the Museum of Natural History, and a preface by Charles Brongniart, president of the Chevreul Centenaire committee. The bibliography lists five hundred forty-seven publications, with a description of the contents given where appropriate. Additionally, there are accounts of speeches given in Chevreul's honor at his Centenary and a list of publications and portraits or medals issued for the occasion. 8vo (25 x 16.5 cm); portrait frontispiece + 298 + (ii) pp.
Original printed art vellum paper wrappers, somewhat soiled and spotted, else fine; text largely unopened.
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NÉRAUD, Jules. BOTANIQUE DE MA FILLE.
Revue Et Complétée Par Jean Macé.
(Paris:) J. Hetzel, n.d. (ca 1860s).
From the "Bibliothèque d'Éducation et de Récréation." Illustrated by Lallemand. The text is organized by botanical categories: "Plantes Cryptogames;" Plantes Phanerogames;" etc., and the whole is illustrated not only with excellent text figures of plants and botanical parts, but also with small, mostly rural scenes appealing to children. 8vo (24 x 15 cm); (iv) + 239 pp. illustrated with numerous wood-engraved text illustrations.
Original leather backed cloth covered boards with gilt spine lettering and panels; a.e.g., moire endpapers.
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(PAQUIN) ALBUM OF PENCIL DRAWINGS OF CHILDREN'S
20 original pencil renderings of children's fashions on sketching paper encased in a light mounting stock. On the reverse of one sketch is written "Souvenir de 'Nemère' or 'Memère'." Each sketch is of one child in an outfit, and 6 of the sketches have pencilled captions such as "Cosquette en Maroquin Veste et Pantalon de Nonkin." Some sketches are numbered. Pencilled in French above the notation of "Souvenir de Nemère" is the notation "20 Dessins originaux ...executés ...pour la Maison de Couture Paquin (Collection pour enfants)..." We cannot at present authenticate the Paquin association, and it is impossible to say whether or not the album is complete as it was originally conceived, but the sketches and the designs they portray are sophisticated and elegant. And, most interestingly, the poses of the children in dress are natural and suggestive of play or repose. The appearance of the album would put the date before WWI. Disbound oblong album, 23.7 x 31.5 cm; 12 leaves with 20 original pencilled drawings; some , but not all sketches numbered.
Album disbound without covers; paper is lightly foxed throughout the album.
(City Planning) DE BOER,
S.R. SHOPPING DISTRICTS.
Washington, D.C.: American Planning and Civic Association,
"This small volume tries in a general way to indicate which is the best location and the best treatment of buildings" of the various types comprising urban shopping districts." 8vo (22 x 14.5 cm); (viii) including frontispiece + 112 pp. with 34 text illustrations from pen and ink drawings by Larry Grey.
Original paper covered boards, spine ends chipped, corners bumped.
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(City Plans - Madrid) LEIRA,
Eduardo. CANDIDATURE AL PREMIO "SIR PATRICK ABERCROMBIE"
UIA (Madrid: 1986).
Presentation album for the submission of Eduardo Leira's candidacy for the UIA Patrick Abercrombie prize of 1987. The materials included provide a graphic summary of Leira's career up to that point, with particular emphasis on his development of the new city plan for Madrid, his major work. Also included is a 12 page illustrated supplement which provides an extract from the Madrid Plan. Leira did not receive the prize, but was one of two candidates to receive a "mention". Square folio (29.7 x 29.7 cm); (2) + 40 leaves, printed on rectos only, with three inserts: (4) + 18 pp. with translation in English, (4) + 18 pp. with translation in French, 13 ff. ("Plan General De Ordenacion Urbana De Madrid, 1895. Extracto de la Memoria General").
In original plastic comb binding enclosed in cloth portfolio with ties.
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(Civic Art - Paris) GREGOIRE,
Joseph-Aimable. LE BOUQUET OU TOUT
S'AMELIORE; Paris: Chez
This pamphlet catalogues the sculpture and statuary decorating the Place de La Concorde and the Pont de La Concorde, including descriptions, artists names and other historical details. The author was a royalist expelled from his post at the Bureau des Cultes et Beaux Arts by the Revolution of 1830. Much of the preliminary text offers commentary on planned civic improvements, in particular to the Place de La Concorde, (which he still calls the place Louis XVI) together with a sarcastic and bitter lament for the destruction of various urban embellishments during the violence of the July Revolution. Scarce; OCLC records only one US location (National Gallery of Art). 8vo (19.5 x 13 cm); 36 pp. with two engraved text illustrations of a bouquet.
Original printed paper covers, spine paper perished but sewing tight, bottom outer edge of bottom cover rubbed; scattered light foxing. *** Authors signature in ink at end of preface.
(Color) MUNSELL, A.H.
A COLOR NOTATION A Measured Color System, Based On The
Three Qualities Hue, Value, and Chroma With Illustrative Models,
Charts, And A Course Of Study Arranged For Teachers.
Boston: Geo. H. Ellis Co., 1907.
Presentation copy from the author to the artist and book illustrator, Elihu Vedder, with a letter to Vedder from Munsell tipped in. In the brief letter dated August 20, 1908 from Belgium, Munsell apologizes for the improper placement of the plates in the text - fault of a binder in Bruges. This is the second edition of this work (first published in 1905), revised and enlarged with new illustrations. Karpel E152 (1926 edition). "The new illustrations in this edition are facsimiles of children's studies with measured color, made under ordinary school-room conditions." (-preface). The text was presented to the Society of Arts at MIT in 1905 and reproduces the comments at that occasion made by H.E. Clifford. 8vo (20.5 x 16 cm.); color frontispiece + 113 + (1) pp. with text figures + 3 tipped in color plates.
Bound in full leather with green silk moiré endpapers, inner front hinge slit along endpapers, but threads are firm; scattered and irregular heavy browning to some pages.
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(Cut Paper Flower Collages)
EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT
PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS. (France),
A lovely album preserving ten delicate and meticulously prepared cut paper flowers. The album is inscribed on the front fly leaf "Souvenir à Mlle. Heloise Bigaud / Hector de D. Juin 1848" and was almost certainly specially prepared as a gift of friendship (or courtship). The front cover displays the gilt initials "H. B." in gothic letters framed within a decorative gilt border. The flowers themselves are cut from various multi-colored papers. The minute detail and perfect composition of several of these flower "collages" make these exceptional examples of this popular genre. Folio (40 x 28.5 cm); 10 cut paper flowers pasted inside folded sheets of paper and mounted on larger album leaves + two additional chromolithographed illustrations of flower bouquets.
Contemporary gilt-embossed cloth with decorative leather spine; occasional minor and inevitable damage to the fragile cut paper designs, but in generally quite well preserved.
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DELILLE, (Jacques). LES
JARDINS. Ou L'Art D' Embellir Les Paysages. Poeme.
Paris: Chapsal, 1844.
This enormously successful didactic poem, first published in 1782, presented an early and influential call for the rejection of the symmetry and regularity of the formal French style of gardening in favor of the irregular and "natural" jardin anglais. It went through many editions, but this one is of particular interest because, in addition to other significant additions, it appears to be the only edition to have included illustrations of actual gardens. These sixteen highly finished steel-engraved plates, drawn by Thénot and engraved by Aubert, along with sixteen engraved text illustrations, depict examples of French gardens from the late 18th and early 19th century which serve as examples of Delille's ideas. They include the Chateau de Villiers, the Chateau de Neuilly, Parc Monceau, Ermenonville and several other more obscure gardens of the same era. All of these gardens are described in an anonymous appendix entitled "Observations Sur Quelques Artifices Particuliers Employés Dans La Composition Des Jardins," which also offers an appreciation of Delille and instructive thoughts on garden design. The main text generally follows that of the revised 1801 edition of LES JARDINS, which included a significantly expanded preface in which, among other things, Delille responds to several of the critics his work had attracted. In addition to the usual end notes, this edition also provides variant readings from the original 1782 edition and useful notes contributed by the anonymous editor. 8vo (25.2 x 17.2 cm); (ii) + xxxi + 314 pp. with 18 wood-engraved text illustrations and vignettes + engraved title and 14 steel engraved plates. Ganay 527.
Contemporary half-leather with marbled boards; scattered foxing.
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(DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.) LA THEORIE
ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. Ou L'On Traite A Fond Des
Beaux Jardins appellés communément Les Jardins De
Propreté, Comme sont Les Parterres, Les Bosquets, Les
Boulingrins, &c... The Hague: Chez Pierre
First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111.) This edition, published in Holland, is the first of many pirated editions to appear outside of France. It carefully follows the original Paris edition, even in its pagination, and the plates are nicely engraved by J. Lamsvelt with strong dark impressions. 4to (25.8 x 20 cm); (xii) + 208 pp. with numerous engraved text illustrations and ornaments + 32 folding plates (chiefly garden plans).
Recent quarter vellum with red leather spine label and gilt lettering; marginal foxing of a few plates, but generally a clean and attractive copy.
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(DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.) DANREITER, Franz Anton
(translator). HERRN ALEXANDER BLONDS NEUERÖFNETE
GÄRTNER-AKADEMIE Oder die Kunst Pracht- und Lust-
Gärten samt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl
anzulegen mit drei- und dreissig Kupfer-Taffeln versehen / und aus dem
Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton
Danreitter. Augsburg: Johann Andreas
Second German edition of Dezallier's LA THÉORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. This edition is complete with the full complement of 39 plates, including frontispiece. The work was first published in French in 1709 and then reprinted and enlarged in several later editions. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden as established by LeNôtre and continued in print for nearly three-quarters of the eighteenth century. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111). The most prominent Germanic exponent of the French formal style was the Austrian F. A. Danreiter, who spent several years in France in the 1720s before returning to Salzburg, where he passed the remainder of his career serving as Garden Director of the major gardens there. Danreiter's translation of Dezallier, first published in 1731, was the single most important source for the spread of the French formal style across German-speaking Europe during the eighteenth century. While the title page of this edition calls for only 33 plates, the present copy includes a full set of 39 plates. The plate count varies among different copies of this work, even within the same edition, with many copies having either 33 or 35 plates. Copies with all 39 plates are uncommon. 8vo (18 x 11.5 cm); folding title + (vii) + 368 + (2) pp. + 38 folding engraved plates + engraved frontispiece. Berlin Cat 3464 (1731 ed); Springer pg. 37.
Contemporary paper-covered boards, spine worn; text clean and tight; generally a well-preserved copy.
ELMES, James. A GENERAL AND
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE FINE ARTS. Containing
Explanations Of The Principal Terms Used In The Arts Of Painting,
Sculpture, Architecture, and Engraving...
First edition. James Elmes, London architect and father of architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, was best known " as a prolific writer on artistic and architectural topics, and, in particular, as the editor of Shepherd's METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENTS." (Colvin, p. 291). Elmes claimed that his dictionary was the first English language work "exclusively devoted to the Literature of the Fine Arts." He distinguished it from French and Italian dictionaries by its focus on British Art and its exclusion of the "Polite" arts often included by the French. Most usefully, Elmes has included bibliographic references to various entries where applicable. 8vo (21.8 x 13.5 cm); viii + (760 )pp. Arntzen Rainwater E20.
Contemporary full calf, gilt ruled raised bands on spine and nicked leather lettering piece, some minor scuffing and spotting; old lending library bookplate on front pastedown, rubber stamp on flyleaf and title page, no external markings.
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(Exhibition Catalogue) (ANDIA,
Béatrice, editor) DE BAGATELLE A MONCEAU
1778-1978. Les Folies Du XVIIe Siècle A Paris.
Exposition Réalisée Par Le Musée Carnavalet Et La
Délégation à L'action Artistique De La Ville de
Paris. (Paris: Musée Carnavalet),
An illustrated and well-annotated catalogue of this exhibition devoted to Parisian garden follies of the 18th century. A four-page preface by the editor and a listing of Parisian follies arranged by quartier is included. Square 8vo (23.3 x 21 cm); 76 pp. with numerous half-tone and 3 color illustrations.
Original printed paper wraps.
JARDINS EN FRANCE 1760-1820 Pays
d'illusion, Terre d'experiences. (Paris): Caisse
Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites, (1977).
The annotated catalogue of a major garden history exhibition held in 1977 at the Hotel de Sully in Paris. The 336 item show consisted of paintings, drawings, plans, engravings, books, photographs and documents from the period of the "jardins paysagers." Text in English and French. 8vo (21 x 21 cm); 168 pp. profusely illustrated in color and in black and white.
Original printed paper wraps.
(Exhibition Catalogue) Ville de
Paris. LA SAISON DE BAGATELLE. Exposition
Des Peintres De Jardins des XVIIIe & XIXe Siècles
Juin-Juillet 1928. Paris: 1928.
Catalogue of a major exhibition of garden paintings, drawings, plans, engravings and objets d'art organised by the Musée Carnavalet and held at Bagatelle during the summer of 1928. 325 items were displayed. The catalogue for a separate smaller exhibition of works by contemporary architects and landscape architects (including Laprade, Péan and Gréber) is also included. 12mo (18.4 x 13.6 cm); (2) + 56 pp. + 8 half-tone plates.
Original decorative printed paper wraps with mounted illustration; minor ink notations on front cover. Copy # 68.
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ALMANACH DES MODES Première Année
Paris: chez Rosa, 1814.
The first year of this pocket-size French fashion almanach. This issue also includes a section on China. 12mo (12.8 x 8 cm); xii + 276 pp. + 6 hand-colored plates and colored vignette on title page. Colas #97.
Original printed pink paper-covered boards, some soiling, with pink leather spine, soiled; internally fresh with very infrequent light foxing; plates bright.
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Achille. EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DE MONACO
1920-1921 Rapport De La Classe 52. N.P.,
An illustrated account of the section devoted to furs and furriers at the Monaco Exposition of 1920. A lengthy illustrated history and description of the principality of Monaco is also provided by way of introduction. Large 8vo (24 x 22 cm); 119 + (1) + (iv) pp. with text ornaments including decorative head and tail pieces, and numerous text illustrations, some mounted, from photographs drawings and plans.
Original mottled brown paper-covered boards printed in gold to suggest gilt on leather, heraldic device on upper cover, gilt titling on spine; spine ends worn and chipped, with sliver paper tear on lower spine edge - about 1.5 inches; scattered faint foxing.
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(FONTAINE, P.F.L.) NOTICE SUR LA
CONSTRUCTION ET LA DÉDICACE DE LA CHAPELLE
SAINT-LOUIS, Érigée Par Le Roi Des
Français Louis-Philippe Premier, La 11e année de son
règne (1841), Sur Les Ruines De L'Ancienne Carthage, Près
De Tunis. Paris: Imprimerie De Fain Et
A monograph on the Chapelle Saint-Louis erected on the ruins of Carthage by King Louis-Phillipe of France to honor his ancestor King Louis IX (Saint Louis), who had died in Tunis on the way to the crusades. The work is attributed to Fontaine by Barbier. 4to (33 x 26 cm); 22 pp. + 9 plates (2 double).
Contemporary quarter leather with patterned paper-covered boards.
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FRANCASTEL,Pierre. LA SCULPTURE DE
VERSAILLES Essai Sur Les Origines Et L'Evolution Du Gout
Francais Classique. (Paris): Editions Albert
First edition. An extensive study of the esthetic tendencies, forces and personalities at play in the development of the artistic program of Versailles, originally presented as a doctoral thesis at University of Paris. Chapters include: "Le Premier Decor Des Jardins Et La Formation De La Doctrine Academique (1666-1672)," " Le Triomphe De Le Brun Et De L'Antique," and "L'Ornamentation Des Jardins De Mansart." With index and bibliography. 8vo (23.5 x 16 cm); xxiv + 310 pp. + 32 plates from photographs.
Original printed paper wraps; several paper clip impressions and a few tears in margins.
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(Furniture Pattern Book)
MEUBLES, SIEGES, TENTURES.
Paris: J.-Justin Storck, 1891.
A fascinating encyclopedic catalogue of furniture designs published, at least partly, for use as a sample book for furniture and cabinet makers as well as decorators. 2188 individual items are depicted on 137 lithographed plates. A printed index organizes the plates into six categories: 1. Meubles Ordinaires, 2. Compositions De Pièces, 3. Meubles Fantasie, 4. Sièges, 5. Tentures et Ornements, and 6. Meubles de Cuisine et en Fer. The front cover of the present copy is embossed with the words "Au Vieux Chêne / Ameublements Complets / A. Perrotey/ Baccarat." Perrottey, whose rubber stamp also appears on most of the plates, was a cabinet maker and wood worker who clearly used the volume as a sample book to show to clients ordering custom-made furniture. Folio (35.5 x 28.3 cm); title printed in red and black + frontispiece + 137 lithographed plates bound on stubs + 7 pp. text.
Contemporary embossed cloth, spine chipped and frayed; covers soiled; ink rubber stamp on several plates.
Ganay, Ernest de. LES JARDINS A LA
FRANÇAISE EN FRANCE AU XVIIIe SIÈCLE.
Paris: Van Oest, 1943.
First edition. A study of the development of the French formal garden during the century following the death of Le Nötre. 4to (28.5 x 22.7 cm); 114 pp. + 48 gravure plates reproducing early drawings, plans and prints.
Original paper wraps; fine copy.
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GEITNER, G(ustav). WEGWEISER DURCH DIE
TREIBEGÄRTNEREI & BAUMSCHULE zu Planitz bei
Zwickau in Sachsen. Neusalza: Louis Oeser, n.d.
An illustrated guide book to a German nursery founded in 1837. The unusual feature of the nursery, and the critical factor in its establishment, was its location above a burning coal seam in southern Saxony. The heat generated by this underground combustion made the location ideal for use as a forcing garden. In addition to providing a descriptive tour of the garden, the text also includes chapters devoted to its history and unusual geology. The guide is also illustrated with seven colored plates, including two folding plans and two views of the two main sites. Rare; OCLC records no copies, KVK locates only two copies. 8vo (22.5 x 15.5 cm); (iv) + 3-31 pp. + 7 colored lithographic plates (2 folding).
Original chromolithographed paper wraps, worn, with 5 cm section of paper perished from spine; damp stain in lower corner of text and plates.
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(GENTIL, Francois). LE JARDINIER
SOLITAIRE, Ou Dialogues Entre un Curieux & un Jardinier
Solitaire. Contenant la methode de faire & de cultiver un Jardin
Fruitier & Potager; & plusieurs experiences nouvelles...
Augmentée de plusieurs Chapitres, don't il est fait à la
fin de la Preface, & d'un Catalogue des plus excellens Fruits, les
plus rares & les plus estimés, qui se cultivent dans les
Pepinières des RR. PP. Chartreux à Paris.
Paris, Et se vend A Bruxelles: Chez George Fricx, 1749.
This Brussels edition of what was the most popular pomological manual of the early 18th century is of particular interest because it includes, as an appendix, a reprint of the catalogue of fruit trees available from the nurseries of the Carthusian monks of Paris. During the 18th century the Pères Chartreux operated what was easily the largest nursery in Europe and supplied orchards across the continent with the best proven varieties of fruit. François Gentil, the anonymous author of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, was a Carthusian lay brother who ran the nurseries for 30 years. His book was first published by Rigaud in 1704 and went through numerous French editions in addition to popular translations into English and German. The present edition appears to be based on the significantly enlarged fourth edition, which first appeared in Paris in 1712. However, none of the numerous editions published in Paris includes the nursery catalogue which is present here. The Chartreux in Paris are known to have issued at least five such catalogues before their dissolution during the French Revolution. The earliest of these that we can trace is dated 1736, and it is probably the text from this catalogue which has been reproduced here. (Fricx published an earlier edition of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE in 1737 which also includes a Chartreux catalogue. The present edition is in all likelihood a reprint of that text). These catalogues, all of which are rare, represent important documentation on the available fruit varieties in Europe during the 18th century. They also included notes on the characteristics and seasons for each fruit, and would have been an extremely useful reference for the fruit growers of the period. It is thus understandable that Fricx would have recognized the value of using the text from the 1736 catalogue - the most reliable description of fruit varieties of its day - as an addition to his own reprint of Gentil. We can locate no other editions of Gentil, besides the two Brussels editions of 1737 and 1749, which include a Chartreux catalogue. Both are rare, with only one North American copy (NYBG, 1737 edition) appearing in OCLC. The earliest separately published Chartreux catalogue in a North American library is the one for 1752 in the Hunt Botanical Library. 16mo (16.6 x 10 cm); iii - xvi + 316 pp. Plesch pg. 235 (1773 ed.).
Contemporary full leather gilt panelled spine, with raised bands, gilt lettered morocco title piece; spine and corners skillfully restored; front inner hinge has old masking tape repair, rear inner hinge has residue from removal of tape; half-title lacking.
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H. LES GÉRANIUMS (PELARGONIUM ZONALE &
INQUINANS) Description Et Culture. Paris:
Octave Doin/Librairie Agricole, 1897.
With an alphabetical "répertoire" of the most popular varieties of the day. A volume in the series, "Bibliothèque d'Horticulture et de Jardinage." With a penned notation from a previous owner quoting Derek Clifford's praise for the book. 12mo (17 x 11 cm); 292 + (1) pp. with 22 text figures from photographs or drawings.
Original cloth with printed title on upper cover and spine, a bit soiled, extremities bumped; neatly penned note of previous owner on half title.
GOUPIL, F. MANUEL GENERAL DE L'ORNEMENT
DECORATIF Etude Encyclopedique Sur Le Gout Applique Au
Embellissements Exterieurs Et Interieurs, Aux Tentures, A
L'Ameublement, Aux Vases, Au Costume, A La Composition Des Jardins,
Etc. Paris: Le Bailly, .
A volume in the "Collection Artistique" series edited by S. Bornemann. 8vo (23 x 14.4 cm) 56 pp. + 20 illustrations on 8 plates.
Original printed paper covers
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GRACE, (Thomas-François) de. LE BON
JARDINIER, Almanach Pour L'Anné Mil sept cent
quatre-vingt-onze; Contenant ce qui concerne la Culture
générale de toutes les Plantes potagères; des
Arbres fruitiers de toute espèce; des Oignons & Plantes
à fleurs, même les plus rares, & des Arbres &
Arbrisseaux d'ornemens. Paris: Chez Eugene
LE BON JARDINIER was first published in 1755 as a small manual on general gardening practice organized mostly in the form of a gardener's calendar. It was continually reprinted, revised and enlarged, appearing in over 150 different editions and remaining in print to this day. De Grace was largely responsible for expanding the work well beyond its origins as a gardener's almanach and making it into a comprehensive horticultural manual. The text for the present edition was completely revised and enlarged sometime after 1784 and includes, among other changes, the addition of Linnean names for plants which had hitherto been listed with their French names only. Appended to the main text are two supplements for the years 1790, and 1791. Scarce; No copy of this or any earlier editions listed in OCLC. 12mo (12.2 x 6.8 cm); xxiv + 538 pp.
Contemporary mottled full sheep with decorative gilt spine; one tip gently worn, slight damp stain in margin of last six leaves, but generally a well preserved copy.
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(Greenhouses) (VAN DE CAPPELLE-DE
PRETTER) COLOR LITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD: Frs.
Van De Cappelle-DePretter. Gand: ca.
A "porcelain" trade card for the greenhouse builders Van De Cappell-De Pretter, rue de la Caverne, No. 50, Gand. The printing in gold and blue is by the Gand lithographers, G. Jacqmain. The card is illustrated with a view of a greenhouse in a gardenesque setting with fountain, house and two small human figures, all printed within a decorative Gothic-style frame. A lengthy caption informs the viewer that examples of the firm's "confection de serres en Fer" can be seen at the Verschaffelt nursery, at Van Houte's outside of Bruxelles, and in Paris at "MM les Barons Rotschild." Cartes porcelaines or "porcelain cards" were produced in the mid-nineteenth century lithography with a thin layer of white lead producing their beautiful porcelain-like effect. They were chiefly produced in Belgium between the late 1830s and the early 1860s and used as business or announcement cards. Their production was discontinued because of health hazards connected with the lead. Single sheet of glossy card stock, 10.5 x 14.2 cm., printed in colors.
A few minor scratches at extremities, but a well preserved example, mounted on conservation stock and matted, measuring 30.1 x 33 cm. at exterior of mat.
GRIMAL, Pierre. LES JARDINS
ROMAINS. Paris: Presses Universitaires de
Second edition, with additions and new illustrations, of this seminal study of the gardens of ancient Roman, first published in 1943. 8vo (24 x 15.5 cm); viii + 517 pp. with 42 text figures + 32 half-tone plates.
Original printed paper wraps; fine copy.
GROMORT, Georges. JARDINS
D'ESPAGNE. 124 Planches En 2 Volumes Donnant Plus De 160
Vues Des Jardins Anciens Et Modernes De L'Andalousie Et Des Deux
Castilles... Paris: A. Vincent &
An impressive photographic survey of important Spanish gardens from the Alcazar at Seville, the Alhambra and the Generalife at Grenada, to the gardens of the Renaissance and the Eighteenth century at Escorial, Toledo, etc. An informative text and plans accompany the fine heliogravure plates printed by Paul et Vigier. Two volumes,loose, as issued in large portfolios; (45 x 32.4 cm); 34 pp. text + 124 plates, including frontispiece with 20 plans and over 160 views from heliogravures.
Original cloth-backed, marbled portfolios with titles printed in gold on upper covers; very minor splitting of cloth at spine heel on Volume 1, else a fine set.
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(Hats) (D. GAILLARD &
Cie.) CHAPEAUX DE PAILLE EN TOUS GENRES.
A handsome advertising broadside for the sale of straw hats for both men and women, girls and boys. Thirty-four feminine and thirty masculine styles are illustrated within a decoratively printed frame. Sales addresses are given for Lyon and in Signa, near Florence, Italy. Items promoted include: "chapeaux cousus mécanique," "tissus Panama," and "Chapeaux Manille & Rotin." Single sheet printed in black and red, 65 x 49 cm, with ornamental printed framing borders and with illustrations from engravings.
Occasional very light foxing; four folds with some minor wear at creases, but generally well preserved.
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HÉCART, Gabriel-Antoine-Joseph. LES
BOSQUETS D'AGRÉMENT, PÖEME EN QUATRE CHANTS;
Suivi Des Arbres Toujours-Verts, Poeme En Stances
Régulières. Paris: Hécart
First edition. Hécart (1755-1838) was a provincial French polymath who spent his entire life in the northern city of Valenciennes. Although he published profusely on a variety of topics, botany and literature were his most passionate interests. His LES BOSQUETS D'AGRÉMENT is a didactic poem very much in the tradition of Delille and his other imitators. Current with the taste of the time, it advocates a garden based on nature rather than artifice, with a focus on the natural bosquet as its primary feature. Particular attention is paid to the different types of trees and plants that can be used there and the various effects to be obtained with each variety. Many of these are footnoted and receive more detailed explanation in the 22 pages of notes which are included at the end. A shorter poem on evergreens is also included, and even more heavily annotated. Indeed, the 7 pages of notes for this poem contain more text than the poem itself, and can almost be read as a descriptive catalogue of ornamental evergreen trees and shrubs. Also bound in with this copy, but not normally present, is an eight page review of the book signed by "E. Midy." The book was published to raise money for a philanthropic cause and includes a subscribers list with approximately 200 names, nearly all of them from Valenciennes. It is unlikely that many additional copies were printed, and the work is now rare. OCLC locates a single copy (Harvard) and CCFr locates two other copies in France. 8vo (18.1 x 11.5 cm); xvi + 112 pp. + 8 pp. Ganay 545.
Recently rebound in marbled boards with leather spine label.
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L.M.) LARGE FORMAT NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH
HERBARIUM. ca. 1850s.
An attractive and generally well preserved collection of 70 mounted botanical specimens collected in France during the mid-nineteenth century. The majority are accompanied by hand-written descriptive labels, including a few with extended notes (in one case extending to several pages). Some specimens appear to have been collected in the region around Paris, while others (including a few tropical plants) appear to have been cultivated and collected in the herborist's own garden. They are, for the most part, well preserved and attractively mounted. Folio (46 x 31 cm); 70 specimen sheets, mostly double-size and folded to protect the specimens.
Preserved in four heavy gray paper fasicles; occasional damage to some of the more fragile specimens, but generally well preserved.
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HOCQUETTE, Maurice. HISTOIRE
GÉNÉRALE DES JARDINS. Jardins Flamands Et
Lillois. Lille: Bibliothèque
A survey history of European garden design, with particular focus on the garden history of Flanders and Lille, and the foreign influences on the development of gardens there. 8vo (25 x 16.5 cm); 161 pp. + 20 half-tone plates from reproductions of old prints and paintings.
Original printed paper wrappers; covers worn and lightly soiled. ***Ink presentation inscription from the author on front fly leaf.
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(Horticulture - Fruit)
CADET-DE-VAUX, A(ntoine).-A(lexis). MEMOIRE SUR QUELQUES
INCONVENIENS DE LA TAILLE DES ARBRES A FRUIT, ET NOUVELLE METHODE DE
LES CONDUIRE POUR ASSURER LA FRUCTIFICATION; Suivi du
Rapport Des Commissaires, MM. Thouin et Cels. Paris:
Au Bureau Du Journal D'Economie Rurale Et Domestique...
The multi-talented Antoine Cadet-De-Vaux was a chemist, pharmacist and viticulturist who also established a boulangerie with Parmentier. He was one of the originators of the JOURNAL DE PARIS. In this memoir he discusses his "newly found" method of fruit culture which was based upon his observation that hanging branches produced more fruit than trained branches. He named his new fruit culture practice "arcure" and tried it, in nurseries in Franconville and Vitry.The text includes a separate report on Cadet-de-Vaux's method by the noted horticulturists Thouin and Cels who concluded that more time would be needed to evaluate its merits. For more on Cadet-de Vaux and the experimentation of this period, see Janson, POMONA'S HARVEST, pp. 227 to 232. Scarce. 8vo (22 x 14 cm); (iv); 48 pp. including 2 pp. publisher's ads + 1 fold-out engraved plate.
Contemporary marbled paper covers with early nineteenth century bookseller's etiquette on inner cover, edges worn; text untrimmed, occasional light foxing.
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(Indian Flowers) ALLEN,
Mrs. THE VIEWS AND FLOWERS FROM GUZERAT AND
RAJPOOTANA. Dedicated, by permission to The Viscount and
Viscountess Falkland. London: Paul Jerrard,
A scarce and appealing color plate gift book depicting the native flowers and familiar scenery of colonial India. The author's husband, the Rev. G. L. Allen, was a chaplain in the region around Deesa and Mount Aboo. Mrs. Allen's text, printed in red, alternatively describes exotic Indian flowering plants and significant local sites that would have been of interest to British travelers, but of greatest interest are the vibrant hand colored lithographic plates which illustrate these subjects. The botanical plates consist of a floral spray frontispiece, "Mountain Ebony or Banhinia," "Karbee/Wild Flower," "White Elephant creeper and yellow hibiscus," "The Jungle Tree, Torri and Iron Tree," "The Jungle Tree, Seymal and Wild Pomegranate," and "The Ink Tree & Stramonium." Each of these illustrations are rendered in strong but delicately applied color and often show an appropriate indigenous insect or butterfly in the composition. The six plates of scenery present views ranging from that of the "Aboo Lawrence School" to the "Shah Baugh or Royal Garden." The volume, typical of the popular decorative gift books published by Paul Jarrard, is an epitome of the Victorian English taste, both esthetically and in its joined subjects: empire and flowers. Quarto (27 x 18.5 cm); 15 ff. including hand-colored lithographed frontispiece, 12 color plates, text printed in red + 1 page of publisher's ads printed in gilt.
Original decorative green cloth with gilt Indian motif and floral design and gilt title lettering on upper cover, lightly soiled and rubbed at extremities, spine ends gently worn; internally tight as well as fresh and bright.
(Jardin des Plantes) CAP,
(Paul-Antoine). LE MUSÉUM D'HISTOIRE
NATURELLE. Histoire De La Fondation Et Des
Développements Successifs De L'Établissement; Biographie
Des Holmes Célébres Qui Y Ont Contribué Par Leur
Enseignement Ou Par Leurs Découvertes...
Paris: L. Curmer, 1854.
An illustrated history of the Jardin des Plantes and the museum, collections and personalities associated with it. Part One, devoted to history, is usefully indexed and contains many fine full page portraits printed in elaborate engraved frames by A. Feart. In addition to the full page hand-colored plates in both parts there are full page and text views, including one of the amphitheater by Daubigny, and text illustrations of items in the different collections. There are also character sketches of the people who come to walk through or observe the grounds, emphasizing the important "social" aspects of the garden as well as its role as a museum of natural history. With five plans, including one of the labyrinths. 4to (26.9 x 18 cm); (viii) + 180 pp, 239 pp. with numerous wood-engraved text illustrations + 15 hand colored plates (13 of flowers and 2 of birds) + 22 black and white plates, five plans, of which 3 are double page.
Two volumes bound in one; contemporary quarter leather with marbled boards, lightly worn at head and heel of spine; outer joints cracked; occasional foxing.
(Lago Maggiore) ZIPOLI, Luigi,
Paolo ARRIGONI and Piero BIANCONI. ELOGIO DEL LAGO
MAGGIORE. Testimonianze Letterarie E Grafiche De Due
Secoli. (Milan): Banca Popolare De Intra,
A lavish illustrated catalogue of topographical prints of the Lago Maggiore and its islands from 1677 to 1884. 439 works are identified and described, many of them reproduced among the 100 plates and numerous text illustrations. The catalogue was prepared by Zipoli, who also co-authored, with Arriigoni, an essay entitled "Immagini Del Verbano, Due Secoli Di Stampe (1677 - 1884)." The preliminary text, entitled "Barcheggio Letterario Sul Verbano, Testimonianze Di Artisti Poeti E Scrittori Stranieri Di Due Secoli", was written by Piero Bianconi. One of 2000 numbered copies presented by the Banca Popolare Di Intra to commemorate its centenary. Oblong 4to (24 x 34.5 cm); 5-349 pp. including 100 half-tone plates 12 color plates, 3 folding plates (1 in color) and numerous text illustrations.
Original cloth in pictorial slipcase.
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(Language of flowers)
(CORTAMBERT, Louise). LA TOUR, Charlotte de (pseud.). LE
LANGAGE DES FLEURS. Paris: Garnier
Louise Cortambert's LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, first published in 1819, is popularly regarded as the originator of this popular genre. The present edition includes additions by an anonymous editor, a table specifying a bouquet for each hour of the day, a dictionary of the language of flowers, and a dictionary of flowers with their meanings and origins, all intended for use in composing or reading a selam. The volume is also illustrated with twelve color plates. 12mo (17.2 x 11 cm); vii + (I) + 305 pp. + 12 hand-colored plates.
Original cloth embossed in gold and colors most prominently on upper cover and spine, some light rubbing to raised embossed portions, tiny nick at lower spine edge; a.e.g.; rear hinge reglued; internally very good with bright colors to plates.
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(Language of flowers) LUCOT,
Alexis. EMBLEMES DE FLORE ET DES
VÉGÉTAUX, Dédiés aux
Littérateurs, comme Recueil d'allégories sur les Plantes
et sur les Arbres; aux Nobles, comme Traité utile au blason; aux
Peintres, comme Manuel des attributs végétaux, ET AUX
DAMES, COMME LANGAGE DES FLEURS. Paris: L. Janet,
Duponcet and Delauney, 1819.
First and only edition. A very early work on the language of flowers, and one of only a small handful to have been published prior to the appearance of Charlotte Latour's LANGAGE DES FLEURS, generally cited as the originator of the genre. Lucot, whose book appeared 10 months prior to that of Latour (now generally thought to have been Louise Cortambert) is significant not merely for having preceded Latour, but also for having been her primary source for determining the various flower/sentiment pairs that make up the language. Indeed, Lucot's version of the language is made up of 291 different entries while Latour uses only 272. While it is certainly true that it was Latour's more literary and romantic approach that was most responsible for popularizing the genre and producing its many imitators, to Lucot must be due the largest portion of credit for actually formulating the particular set of floral associations on which the "language" is based. Whether Cortambert actually "stole" her meanings from Lucot is a matter of interpretation, but there is good reason to conjecture that Lucot thought this was the case and was infuriated by it. Printed on the verso of the half-title is a stern warning against counterfeiters, and a promise to split the rewards of legal action with anyone who would bring them to his attention. This notice could easily have been inserted into unsold copies of the book after Latour's highly successful volume first appeared. In any case, the warning appears to have had no consequence. Lucot's dry and more methodical text reads more as a reference book than anything else. The main text provides a lengthy entry for each plant beginning with its unique emblem or meaning followed by botanical notes, historical and literary observations and bits of plant lore. A separate index for the individual meanings and their respective plants is also provided. Also bound in with this copy is an unrelated anonymous work entitled: Proverbiana, Ou Recueil Choisi De Proverbes français. published in Paris at about the same date. 12mo (13.5 x 8 cm); frontispiece + x + 174 pp.; frontispiece + 108 pp.
Contemporary quarter calf with marbled boards.
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LE LANDSCAPE FRANÇAIS.
FRANCE. Paris: Louis Janet,
An anthology of texts describing scenic cities and places throughout France, illustrated with twelve aquatint plates from drawings by Turner (5), Chapuy (3), Rouargue (2), and Colin (2). 8vo (19.4 x 12.5 cm); viii + 240 pp. + lithographed pictorial title and 12 plates.
Original quarter morocco with pictorial gilt spine and moiré paper-covered boards; a fine copy.
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(LE LECTIER). CATALOGUE DES ARBRES
CULTIVEZ DANS LE VERGER ET PLAN DU SIEUR LE LECTIER PROCUREUR DU ROY A
ORLEANS. (Maidstone): Privately Printed,
n.d. (ca. 1915).
No. 3 of 100 copies. A reprint of a rare catalogue of fruit trees originally published in France in 1628. Its compiler, Le Lectier, was the procurer for Louis XIII at Orleans. He "collected and grew fruits of all kinds, but, above all, pears. Le Lectier stimulated such interest in pears that their culture became a craze and everyone began planting them and collecting different varieties. Le Lectier started his collection in 1598, and in 1628 circulated a catalogue of his varieties with the request that anyone who had ones not in his collection would supply grafts to him... From Le Lectier's time fruit growing in France occupied a place of major importance, especially with the king and court." (Roach. CULTIVATED FRUITS OF BRITAIN, p. 129). This Maidstone reprinting of the catalogue is itself uncommon, with only 4 copies recorded in OCLC. This copy bears a presentation inscription from the noted English pomologist E.A. Bunyard, who almost certainly was responsible for the book's publication, to U. P. Hedrick, the notable American horticultural historian and authority on fruits. 24mo (14.5 x 11 cm); (I) + 35 pp.
Original half-morocco with floral paper over boards.
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LE ROUX, Hugues. LES FLEURS A
PARIS. Paris: Maison Quantin,
One of 525 numbered copies. With etchings by the popular French illustrator, Paul Avril. The text presents a partly fictionalized account of the romance and sensual delights of the Paris flower market. In four parts: " La Marchande des Violettes," La Halle Aux Fleurs," Le Magasin De Fleurs," and "Le Grand Livre de Cythere." The first page of each part is printed in the blank space of an etching connected with the subject matter. Small 8vo (18.3 x 14 cm); etched frontispiece + (iv) + 63 + (1) + (iv) pp.
Original printed floral paper wrappers with light parchment overwrappers showing title printed in gold; some inevitable darkening of overwrapper, but otherwise well preserved.