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(Alletz, Pons Augustin) LE BON
JARDINIER, Almanach Pour L'Année 1774, Contenant Une
Idée Générale des quatres sortes de Jardins, les
règles pour les cultiver, la manière de les planter,
& celle d'élever les plus belles Fleurs. NOUVELLE
ÉDITION, Considerablement Augmenté De Méthodes
& Secrets Pour Conserver Les Fleurs, Les Fruits, & Contre Tous
Les Insectes, Destructeurs Des Jardins, & Dans Laquelle La Partie
Des Fleurs A Été Entièrement Refondue Par Un
Amateur. Paris: Chez Guillyn, 1772.
LE BON JARDINIER, first published in 1755, is undoubtedly the most successful and enduring of all publications on the subject of gardening. Beginning 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. The very rare 1755 edition included 168 pages. The present "new" edition first appeared in 1767 and adds 52 additional pages which compile separate hints on a variety of topics. The arrangement of these additions and their absence from the index at the end of the volume suggest that the main text was largely taken from the original edition and that the added material, provided by an unnamed "amateur," is found chiefly at the end. The work was completely revised sometime after 1784 by Thomas-François de Grace. Copies of the original Alletz editions are rare. OCLC locates no copies. Small 12mo (12.2 x 6 cm); (xx) + 220 pp.
Contemporary full sheep; heel of spine lightly worn; front joint slightly cracked.
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ANONYMOUS (M.***). ART DE
L'ORNEMANISTE, Du Stucateur, Du Carreleur En Pavés
De Mosaique, Et Du Décorateur En Divers Genres;
Paris: Audot, 1828.
This volume in the ENCYCLOPÉDIE POPULAIRE series on sciences, arts and crafts provides instructions for molding ornaments out of all sorts of material, for creating architectural ornament in mosaic, for making applied decoration for furniture, and, finally, for cleaning and maintaining furniture and decorative objects. The concluding section provides a description, price list and instructions for "Couleurs Lucidoniques," a paint product available from Madame Cosseron near le Pont-Neuf. 12mo (14.5 x 9.2 cm); 120 pp. + one folding plate with six figures + 12 pp. publisher's ads.
Original printed paper covers, lightly spotted, a few nicks at spine ends; infrequent faint foxing to text, but a well preserved copy.
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(ANONYMOUS) AN ALBUM OF DRIED MOSS
SPECIMENS WITH A HANDMADE BINDING.
A lovely little Victorian specimen album with 33 small mosses, arranged on rectos only, carefully displayed two to a sheet (one exception for a larger specimen) and identified by penned inscriptions in a small, attractive and disciplined hand. Although most color has faded to brownish tones, there are touches of red and green evident throughout. A small embossed disk shape at the upper left corner of the folded sheets bears the letters VR and what appears to be a botanical design (this embossed impression becomes faint in the final sheets). The whole collection is enclosed in stiffer cream colored stock and held together by a knotted brown ribbon. Upper and lower covers are illustrated with printed botanical watercolors. 18 x 11.2 cm, 20 ff. with 33 mounted specimens on 17 pages.
Heavy stock wrappers with brown border and colored botanical designs on upper and lower covers; a.e.g. some light spotting or foxing to covers; spine stock separating along head and heel. Specimens in excellent shape.
(Apiculture - Paris Exposition of 1867)
VIGNON, M. (Louis) APICULTURE. M.
Vignon A Saint-Denis, Près Péronne/ Exposition
Universelle De France (1867)
This text prepared for the 1867 Universal Exposition presents the nomenclature and explanation for the hives and agricultural products presented there by Vignon. Among the items exhibited were his "ruche perpétuelle et d'observation" various honey products and special waxes. Vignon offers a question and answer text on the principal operations of apiculture. Rare. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); 30 pp.
Original printed pink paper wrapper, light hand-soiling; text partially unopened.
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Abbé Samson-François). TRAITÉ DE LA
CULTURE PARFAITE DE L'OREILLE-D'OURS, OU AURICULE. Par Un
Curieux de Province. Bruxelles (sic): Chez Henry
The enlarged and revised second edition of an important early treatise on Auriculas. First published anonymously in 1732, its attribution to Guénin dates to first half of the eighteenth century. Little is generally known about Guénin, who was "Directueur des Aydes" in Amiens and an obvious enthusiast for auriculas. This delicate flower had recently become extremely popular among the curieux. Guénin even devotes 21 pages to listing the names and locations of growers he knew. Most were located in the North of France or the Low Countries. There is, of course, much expert advice on cultivation, but a significant portion of the text is also devoted to simple praise of the flowers and their enjoyment, including several long poems. Guénin notes in the preface that the first edition (1732) had a very small printing, due to the skepticism of the printer about potential interest in the work. Although actually printed in France (see BNF catalogue) both editions carry a Brussels imprint. Among the additions to the second edition is a charming frontispiece showing a grower standing next to a decorative three-tiered flower bench. Engraved in a banner along the bottom are the words "Chacun Aime, Entretient Les Siens. L'Auricule Nourit Les Meins." Very scarce; OCLC lists no copies of any edition. Fold-out engraved frontispiece (13.5 x 15.5); (ii) blank + 237 + (iii) pp. with typographic text decorations. Musset-Pathay 1882.
Original mottled calf with gilt spine in a flowing leaf and flower pattern, leather title piece lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon page marker. A very good copy.
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Rococo Ironwork Designs
6 BABEL, (Pierre Edmé). PREMIER LIVRE DE NOUVEAUX DESSEINS, DE SERRURERIES. Inventé et Gravé Par Babel. Paris: chés Aveline, n.d. (ca. 1750s).
A rare suite of rococo ironwork designs by the notable French artist and engraver Pierre Edmé Babel. Guilmard cites Babel as "Très renommé parmi les dessinateurs de rocailles, il est un de ceux qui ont le mieux compris ce genre." (LES MAITRES ORNEMENTISTES, p. 173) and lists approximately 30 diverse works, including suites and individual pieces designed and/or engraved by Babel. In this particular work we have the rococo title composition, six plates with balcony designs, three with grilles (one of which is designed by Aveline according to Guilmard), and 3 with staircases. There are, in all, thirty-two designs in addition to the engraved title. Guilmard lists a total of 13 different suites of designs both created and engraved by Babel, of which this work, with twelve plates, is the largest, the others containing only 4, 6 or 8 plates. Although the word "premier" appears in the title, Guilmard was unable to find record of a "second" book, and none appears in any of the library collections and other references we have searched. Babel also contributed engraved or etched text decoration such as title borders, tailpieces and cartouches for numerous other mid-eighteenth century French books on architecture and design. Rare; two copies only in CCFr, no copies in OCLC, COPAC or KVK. Folio (44.7 x 30); twelve engraved plates + engraved title. Guilmard, pg. 173; Cohen-DeRicci pg. 108 (a general reference to Babel referring the reader to Guilmard, but with this note: "Signalons seulement ici son 'Premier Livre de nouveaux dessins de Serrurerie... '".
Plates bound on stubs in nineteenth century binding, cloth backed (or re-backed) with leather lettering piece, worn overlay of marbled paper and old shelf label in ink; spine ends heavily nicked and worn; marbled paper covered boards with edgewear and an ink spot; internally, the title page alone has browned from contact with 19th century paper end sheet, but the plates are all clean and in excellent condition.
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BAKER, Col. H.A. and E.G.H. OLIVER. ERICAS
IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. Cape Town and
Johannesburg: Purnell (1967).
Deluxe Subscriber's edition , No. 215 of 400 copies signed by the artists and the authors. A scholarly study of Erica with a good review of the literature in the Introduction. This is the first substantial illustrated work on Southern African Erica to be issued since Andrew's Heaths of 1802. There are 167 plates, mostly in color, from drawings by Irma Von Below, Fay Anderson and others. Royal 8vo (26.5 x 18.7 cm); color photographic frontispiece + lxvi +180 pp. with line drawings, maps, including fold-out map, and photograph and color print reproductions in the text + 167 color plates from drawings.
Original green leather with title printed in gold on upper cover, gilt-lettered title piece on spine panel, gilt lettering and decoration in 4 other panels; decorative endpapers.
BLAIKIE, Thomas. DIARY OF A SCOTCH
GARDENER At The French Court At The End Of The Eighteenth
Century. London: George Routledge &
First edition. Blaikie worked as landscape gardener to the Comte Lauraguais, the Comte d'Artois (later Charles X) and the Duc d'Orleans and was influential in establishing the popularity of the "jardin anglais" in France. His diary covers the period from 1775 to 1792 and includes numerous observations on the political and social events of the period in addition to those entries relating to gardening. 8vo (21.6 x 13.8 cm); xii + 256 pp. + 6 half-tone plates and 2 double-page garden plans.
Original cloth in dust jacket.
(Botanical drawing) (Grobon
Frères) L'ART DU DESSIN Collecion De
Manuels Élémentaires Destinés A
L'Enseignment...FLEURS ET FRUITS. (cover title).
Paris: Delarue, ca. 1875).
A course notebook with 24 illustrations, colored lithographs, of fruit and flowers from the work of Horace Vernet, Leon Cogniet, etc. This copy without pages of advertisements. Oblong album, 16 x 22 cm; 24 color lithographs.
Original cloth-backed printed paper over boards, some spotting along lower margin; scattered faint old damp stains to some plates.
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With 2 colored dry point illustrations
10 BOUTET, Henri. LA PARISIENNE ET LES FLEURS. Almanach Pour 1900. Paris: Librairie Melet, (1900).
A small and lovely illustrated almanach, no. 704 of 1000. Boutet had been illustrating almanacs for ten years when he chose to make the Parisian woman and her flowers the theme for an almananch to be published in the year of the Paris Exposition. There are 12 full page colored dry points, 12 colored illustrations to accompany the calendar of each month, 12 "faux titres," and 12 colored chapter head and tail pieces. The themes range from "Le marché aux fleurs," "Les Violettes," "L'Orchidée," to "Fleurs de Mariage" and "Les Confidences d'un Bouquet." 24mo (12.7 x 8.2 cm); 109 + (3)pp. + with hand-colored vignettes + 12 colored dry points (+ vii pp. ads and imprint).
Original color printed paper covers bound into three quarter morocco binding, with original paper spine properly preserved, t.e.g., ribbon marker, marbled endpapers; gilt lettered spine, some scuffing on spine and its edges, but a very good copy of a charming book.
BURBIDGE, Frederick William.
HORTICULTURE. London: Edward
Burbidge was an active British horticulturist, plant explorer, and prolific horticultural writer. His HORTICULTURE is a unique review of the British commercial gardening industry in the latter part of the nineteenth century, providing some facts and figures and general information on fruit culture, vegetable culture, the salad vegetable trade, the florist trade, current practices in plant propagation, hybridizing and cross-breeding, the gardening industry abroad, and the collateral gardening industries (including horticultural publications). Separate chapters are also devoted to Covent Garden Market and its imports, and to the plantings in public gardens, mostly the London parks. The volume is one of the BRITISH INDUSTRIES series edited by G. Phillips Bevan. 8vo (16.5 x 11 cm); (viii) + 288 pp. with a few wood-engraved text illustrations.
Original cloth, old stain along outer edge of upper cover and a bit on rear cover.
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"a garden-scene out of a morass"
12 (Capability Brown) DEAN, William. AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF CROOME D'ABITOT, The Seat Of The Right Hon. The Earl Of Coventry; With Biographical Notices Of the Coventry Family To Which Are Annexed An HORTUS CROOMENSIS And Observations On The Propagation Of Exotics. Worcester: for the Author, 1824.
First edition, with subscribers' list, of this scarce guide book for Croome Court, the Worcestershire country seat of the Earl of Coventry which was notably transformed by Capability Brown in the mid-eighteenth century. The first portion of the text provides detailed descriptions of the site, the family, the approaches and entrances to the domain, the house (also designed by Brown), and, most importantly, the pleasure grounds and the Park, one of the "largest undertakings of Brown's early practice" (-Stroud, CAPABILITY BROWN, pg. 57). "In the grounds created out of what had been 'as hopeless a spot as any in the island', he formed a serpentine lake, built a grotto at the head of the water, and designed a tunnel under the main road to link parts of the estate. In this demanding commission, his success established beyond doubt his ability as an architect as well as as a landscape designer" (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, pg 75). These features are all described by Dean, accompanied by illustrations which depict the temple, the mansion (with view of the bridge), a view of Brown's church and one of his rotunda. Post-Brownian features such as the greenhouse designed by Robert Adam and the memorial to Brown are described in the text. An appendix provides extracts from historical notices of Croome and its occupiers starting with the Domesday Book and concluding with a description of the garden from the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, 1792. William Dean was the gardener at Croome and cultivated over 5000 different varieties of plants there, including a substantial collection of exotics. He has included with his guide a 147 page HORTUS CROOMENSIS, which provides a catalogue of these plants giving Latin binomial, English name, place of origin and time of flowering. In conclusion, Dean provides two short essays entitled "Observations On The Progagation of Exotics. (Part I, from Cuttings; Part II, from Seeds)" 8vo (19.4 x 11.7 cm); 161 + (1) pp. + 12 unnumbered pp. subscribers list + 4 engraved plates including frontispiece.
Modern black leather spine with gilt title, cloth covered boards, head of spine slightly bumped, boards a bit bowed; with pencilled note on paste down to the effect that the book was acquired at a Christie's sale of 1987, John Arlott's aquatint library.
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(Card Game - Fruits)
FRÜCHTE-QUARTETT-SPIEL. (Game of Four Fruits)
N.P., n.d. (ca. 1900).
A card game consisting of 48 cards with fruits printed in chromolithography with accompanying text in German and in French. The object of play is to collect sets of four. For example, there are four Sudfruchte / fruits du midi (southern fruits): the lemon, the orange, the pineapple and the tomato. Each card is illustrated with one particular example identified in red, with the remaining fruits from that set printed in black. The set is attractively packaged in a pink paper covered box with a chromolithographed paste-down. This example bears the stamp of F. Wilhelm Doering, a toy merchant in Karlsruhe. 48 chromolithographed plates + small printed sheet of instructions in German and in French; boxed.
The chromolithographed cards measuring 20.5 x 6.7 cm are blank on verso and gilt edged at corners; some show minor thumb soiling; the paper covered box with its beveled top is nicked at extremities, but firm; the original ribbon for lifting out the cards is present and attached.
(Carnations) (ARDENE, Jean Paul
de Rome d'). TRAITÉ DES OEILLETS, Par
L'Auteur De Traité Des Jacintes... Avignon:
Chez Louis Chambeau, 1762.
Hunt 570: "a complete manual on the cultivation of carnations and pinks." Ardène, a priest and a botanist from Provence, was the most respected French authority on garden flowers of his day. He also published separate works on tulips, auriculas and ranunculi. This work on pinks is illustrated with fold-out engravings by Jean Aveline. This copy appears to resemble the Hunt copy in every respect except that the subtitle here refers to the TRAITÉ DES JACINTES, instead of the TRAITÉ DES RENONCULES, as in the Hunt copy. 12mo (15.3 x 9 cm); lxii + 63-403 + (3) pp. + 3 fold-out copperplate engravings with impressions measuring 13.7 x 19.5 cm. Hunt 570.
Newly bound in half calf, marbled boards with original marbled paper wrappers (chipped) bound in.
André, R. Édouard ANDRÉ and Roland
Tours: Maison Alfred Mame, 1928.
With a signed presentation inscription to M. Joubert from R. Édouard André. This is an historical account of the chateau and gardens at Chanteloup, situated in the Loire valley of France, where the duc de Choiseul created one of the more notable jardins anglo-chinois of the late 18th century. Its most famous feature was a seven-story Chinese pagoda, designed by Louis-Denis Le Camus and restored, in 1910, by the landscape architect René Edouard André. André has also written the largest section of the book, which recounts the history of the domaine, with particular attention focused on the gardens. Shorter chapters on the owners of Chanteloup, and Choiseul at Chanteloup (Choiseul was exiled there by Louis XV) complete the volume. 12mo (19.4 x 14 cm); 189 +(1) pp. with 27 illustrations of which 20 are hors texte.
Original printed paper covers; some scattered light foxing, but a very good copy with Andre's signed presentation inscription on the half title.
(Children's Botany) LABESSE,
E.-D. and H. PIERRET. PROMENADES BOTANIQUES DE TOUS LES
MOIS Ouvrage adopté par la Ville de Paris et par le
Ministere de l'Instruction publique. Paris: Librairie
Ducrocq, n.d. ca. 1885.
With 100 drawings by Clair Guyot, Ch. Gosselin, L. Mouchat, and Sellier and engravings by F. Méaulle. This educational narrative centers around children studying botany under the tutelage of a charming elderly lady who brings them out into the fields and woods equipped with vascula, plant presses and specimen paper. They begin their excursions in January and the text proceeds from month to month with one botanical lesson after another. By November they are examining Lamark's floral calendar for the Parisian climate as well as the dial or "horloge de Flore." Herbaria are formed along the way. Although this is a relatively scarce book, with only one copy listed in OCLC and two in CCFR, this would appear to be a modified edition (copies in OCLC and CCF specify the date 1885 and give 271 pages) adopted for use in schools. The upper cover of the book is embossed with the insignia of the city of Paris and the words "Ecole Municipale Colbert" are printed in gilt. Small 4to (22.5 x 18 cm); (iv) + wood-engraved frontispiece + 243 pp. with 100 engraved designs, including full page plates, as text illustrations.
Original cloth, spine slightly faded, with gilt lettering and heraldic device in gilt on upper cover, gilt lettering on spine.
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(Children's Gardening) FRYER,
Jane Eayre. THE MARY FRANCES GARDEN BOOK. Or
Adventures Among The Garden People. Philadelphia:
John C. Winston, (1916).
First edition. An extremely well preserved copy of a charming children's gardening book in which insert plates are provided for a cut-out garden to be assembled by the reader. Each page is set in a decorative border amplifying the theme of its chapter. Topics include the best roses to plant, good and bad weeds, the wild flower garden, growing perennials from seed and the Mary Frances garden party. The text provides instructions on gardening through a narrative involving Mary Jane, her brother, and even garden people such as Mr. Hop Toad. Copies in very good condition with all inserts present are uncommon. 8vo (23 x 17 cm); xiv + (15)-378 pp. illustrations throughout including text border illustrations printed in green and orange + 6 color plates, including frontispiece.
Original cloth with mounted color illustration on upper cover; decorative endpapers in a chrysanthemum design; lettering gold-stamped at spine; slight shelf wear, but a very good copy.
(Children's Gardening) SARTI,
Augustin. LE JARDIN POTAGER ET LA BASSE
COUR. Limoges: Eugène Ardant,
A very well preserved copy of a little 19th century French gardening book designed for children, or the very unsophisticated among rural populations, by a laureat of the Société D' Agriculture de la Gironde. In addition to the text on the care and arrangement of the jardin potager, there are a horticultural calendar, notes on the culture of various vegetables and discussions of all the various animals and aspects of the basse-cour. That the book was meant to appeal to the young seems evident from the frontispiece, picturing two children posing with a rabbit in a garden, and from the delightful "cartonnage de l'epoque" whose pictorial inset shows two young children in a garden obtaining drinks (lemonade? water?) from an attendant with a drink dispenser attached to his back. The "fifth" edition, at least the second to have a larger format than the earlier 1874 edition in 18mo. 12mo (17.3 x 10.5 cm); wood-engraved frontispice + 143 pp. with text figures.
Original paper cartonnage of the period printed and embossed in turquoise, green and gold, printed color illustration inlay on upper cover; title and publisher printed in gold on spine; a slight bit of foxing to pictorial inlay; very minor rubbing at spine ends; title page chipped in margin only, not affecting text; a remarkably well preserved copy of a fragile item.
(Children's Gardens) (COMISSIO DE
CULTURA, Barcelona) ELS JARDINS DELS
INFANTS. (Barcelona: Ajuntament de
A brief comparative study of public park progress over the previous 40 years in various major metropolitan areas such as Boston, New York, Chicago, London and Vienna, accompanied by a proposal for further development of public gardens for children and for the preservation of children's playground games in Barcelona. Social and safety issues for children are reviewed. Various plates of photographs show children's gardens and playgrounds abroad, as well as examples in Barcelona. The text concludes with a large folding plan of the distrubution of gardens and "game camps " throughout the city. Stapled pamphlet, 25.5 x 20.5 cm, 70 pp. including full page illustrations from photographs and plans + large folding plan.
Original printed paper covers with glassine, internally well preserved but moderately foxed because of poor quality paper.
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Alfred) ORFEVRERIE CHRISTOFLE/ PAVILLON DE
HANOVRE/ Boulevard Des Italiens, 35/ Paris. Exposition
Permanente. (Paris, ca. 1869).
An attractively printed survey of the decorative objects presented by Christofle at the Exposition de Union Centrale of 1869. It includes a history of the firm and is illustrated with two handsome full page chromolithographs, printed by Lemercier, showing examples of the firm's products. Large 4to (34 x 10.5 cm); 36 pp. with text engravings + 9 full page engraved plates + 2 full page mounted chromolithographs by Lemercier.
Original pebble-grained, blind-stamped cloth with title printed in gold on upper cover; binder's blind stamp," E. Pouget, Rel." at bottom corner of upper cover, very minor soiling, corners gently bumped, a bit of old tape residue on spine ends; rear free endpaper lacking, occasional faint foxing to interior, but plates fresh and bright.
M. MÉMOIRE SUR LA CULTURE DES ARBRES A
CIDRE Dans Un Pays Ou Elle N'Est Pas Encore Connue;
An account of apple cultivation in Western France, published as an extract from the Mémoires de la société royale et centrale d'Agriculture. A presentation inscription to M. Challon, vice president of the Sociéte, is written across the head of the title page. 8vo (21.3 x 14 cm) 86 pp.
In original wraps with front upper cover detached, untrimmed with some soiling and wear at outer edges, very faint damp stain affecting one signature; old penned notation in lower margin.
(City Planning) (Hegemann,
Werner, ed.) INTERNATIONAL CITIES AND TOWN PLANNING
EXHIBITION. English Catalogue.
The illustrated and well annotated catalogue for this early international exhibition on town planning. The exhibits from the 18 participating countries included early and contemporary plans, photographs and related documents illustrating the history of town planning in each country. Hegemann himself wrote the historical introduction to the lengthy section on the U.S. as well as a ten page history of town planning in France. Sweden is well represented, of course, with an historical introduction by Nils Herlitz, and over 100 items or categories. The Swedish section also includes material on gardens and burial grounds. Norway, Holland and Germany are well represented, and the section on the British Empire, with an introductory essay by Raymond Unwin, contains over 40 items. 8vo (24 x 17 cm); 390 + (1) pp. profusely illustrated from black and white plans, photographs and drawings + 3 folding plans.
Original printed paper covers, chipped at corners.
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(City Plans - Madrid) NUNEZ
GRANES, D. Pedro. IDEAS GENERALES SOBRE LA URBANIZACION
DE LOS ALREDEDORES DE LAS GRANDES URBES
Madrid: Imprenta Del "Memorial De Ingenieros Del Ejercito,"
First edition thus, with large fold-out plates: "Proyecto para la urbanizacion de extrarradio de Madrid/ plano general de dicha villa y su termino municipal con el elemplazamiento de las vias proyectadas," and an untitled fold-out plate of street elevations. Pedro Nunez Granes was chief engineer and director of public streets for the city of Madrid; his ideas were presented at the "Primer Congreso Cienrifica, celebrado por la Asociacion Espanola para el progreso de las Ciencias, en Zaragoza...octubre de 1908." A 1908 printing of this title by the Ayuntamiento de Madrid contained 37 pages, but in smaller (24cm) format than this edition and without the separate folding plates. The present edition was apparently issued to mark the conference. Nunez Granes attempted to address the problem of poor communication between the older enclosed city defined under the plan of Castro and the outlying, but growing radii of the twentieth century urban space. His plan prepared for the city was never carried out. No copy in OCLC; one copy in CCPB. Tall 8vo (26.5 x 18.7 cm); 22 + (1) + two color fold-out maps measuring 73 x 57 cm and 73 x 26.5 cm.
Handsomely bound in recent half morocco with gilt spine decoration and titling, beige linen over boards; numerous blank leaves bound in at rear.
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CURTEN (Aîné). ESSAI SUR LES
JARDINS. Suivi Du Plan De La Presqu'Ile Perrache,
Située Au Midi De La Ville Lyon, Traitée En Jardin Pour
Accompagner Le Palais Ordonné Par Sa Majesté
Impériale Et Royale Dans Cet Emplacement.
Lyon: Chez Reymann, 1807.
First edition. The author was a garden architect and engineer from Grenôble and Lyon. His "Essay On Gardens" begins with a general discussion of contemporary European garden design, including observations drawn from visits to gardens in Germany, England and France, followed by reflections on garden design in general (especially the jardin anglais) and specific recommendations for the layout and planting of gardens and parks. The second section of the book presents the author's plans for the Imperial gardens to be built next to the planned Napoleonic palace on the peninsula between the banks of the Saône and Rhône near the center of Lyon. The folding engraved plan for this project shows an extensive landscape garden in the "style anglais" to the south of the palace and a smaller and more formal area to the north. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); viii + 119 pp. + folding plan. Ganay 164.
Bound in older glazed boards and glazed cloth spine; inked title lettering on upper cover; some scattered foxing, mostly to upper margins.
DE CÉRIS, A. PARCS ET
JARDINS. Paris: Librairie Agricole De La
Maison Rustique, (1867).
A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc. 8vo (18.8 x 10.9 cm); 142 pp. with engraved text figures from drawings and diagrams.
Original printed paper covers with engraved vignette on upper cover; spine ends chipped, affecting spine lettering; scattered light to heavy foxing in text; in appendix of publisher's ads, small tear to lower margin slightly affecting a bit of text.
De NOTER, R. LES DAHLIAS.
Propagation, Culture, Conservation, Etc. Paris: Le
Bailly, n.d. (ca 1905).
A general manual, in French, on dahlia culture. Also chapters on the history of the dahlia, their esthetic character, classification, and an extensive list of the "best" varieties. 18mo (18.8 x 12 cm); 69 pp. (+ 2 pp. ads) with occasional text illustrations.
Original printed paper wraps, text largely unopened; pages browned and fragile due to poor quality of paper.
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DELAMARRE, Louis-Gervais. HISTORIQUE DE LA
CREATION D'UNE RICHESSE MILLIONNAIRE PAR LA CULTURE DE
PINS, Ou Application Du Traité-Practique de Cette
Culture Publié en 1826 Paris:
With 3 color plates. "Cet historique fait suite aux deux editions du TRAITE-PRACTIQUE DE LA CULTURE DE PINS A GRANDES CULTURES.(1820, 1826)." Delamarre describes his 300 hectare property, a parcel near Brionne in Normandy acquired in 1802. It was composed of a parc with a chateau, a "Bois des Remises," a larger "Bois de Valleville," and a very old tract of land transformed by Delamarre into a wood. He provides great detail of the success he had there in the cultivation of pines. 8vo (22 x 14 cm); vii + (i) + 308 pp. + 3 hand-colored engraved plates.
Original printed paper cover with chips at extremities; infrequent faint foxing, occasional underlining in red pen.
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(DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.) JAMES, John.
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GARDENING:
London: Printed by George James, 1712 [London: Gregg
Facsimile reprint of the first edition of the John James translation of Dezallier's THÉORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. 8vo (24.9 x 18.8 cm); (xvi) + 220 + pp. + 32 folding plates.
(Domestic Arts) EMIEUX-FOURBET,
Mme. Caroline. LE MÉNAGIER FRANCAIS
Bureau Du Conseiller Des Dames Et Des Demoiselles, 1857-58-
The complete three volumes (all published) of this guide to domestic arts for young women and girls. Each month of the year is given its own chapter. Although there are many culinary recipes, there are also calendars for the garden, cleaning and sanitary recipes, descriptions of seasonal games, instructions for insect repellant and spot removers, hints for floral decoration, the creation of layettes, advice on party etiquette, and much more. Three volumes 8vo (24.5 x 16 cm); 128; 128; 112 pp. indexed + 1 ff. calendar in the 1857 volume. Bitting p. 144; Vicaire 328
Original printed paper covers, well preserved on volumes 1857-1858, but spine paper is partially perished on 1857 and nicked at heel on 1858; volume 1859 is soiled and nicked, with old tape residue on partially perished paper spine; scattered light to moderate foxing in all 3 texts; the printed calendar leaf present in 1857 and 1859 is not present in the 1858 volume.
DU CERCEAU, Jacques Androuet. FRENCH
CHATEAUX AND GARDENS IN THE XVIth CENTURY. A Series Of
Reproductions Of Contemporary Drawings Hitherto Unpublished By Jacques
Androuet Du Cerceau Selected and Described With An Account Of The
Artist & His Works by W.H. WARD. LONDON: B.T.
First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index of persons. Scarce. Folio (39.5 x 28 cm); xi + (iii) + 36 pp. with text illustrations mostly from plans and with 27 plates from drawings.
Original paper covered boards printed in brown with cream colored paper spine also printed in brown; bookseller's ticket on front past-down, original glassine; a fine copy but for small tears to the glassine.
DU MONT de COURSET. LE BOTANISTE
CULTIVATEUR, Ou Description, Culture Et Usages De La Plus
Grande Partie Des Plantes Étrangeres, Naturalisées et
Indigènes, Cultivées En France, En Autriche, En Italie Et
En Angleterre, Rangées Suivant La Méthode De Jussieu.
Paris: Chez Deterville/Goujon, 1811.
Seconde Edition, "Entièrement Refondue Et Considerablement Augmentée." A massive catalogue resulting from the author's ambitious objective of compiling a complete list of all plants currently cultivated in France, Austria, Italy and England. In addition to its considerable enlargement, this edition also includes a folding plan of de Courset's own extensive botanical gardens near Boulogne. Extensive general observations take up most of the first volume, and the entries for each specific species and variety also include notes on cultivation and remarks on the best and most popular varieties for different purposes. A supplement volume (not present here) was also issued in 1814. Six volumes, 8vo (20.2 x 12.7 cm); viii + 562 (+ 1), 636 (+ 2), (iv) + 552, (iv) + 632, (iv) + 567, iv + 631 pp. + 1 folding plan, 1 engraved plate and 2 folding tables.
Contemporary quarter sheep with marbled boards, lightly scuffed; occasional browning and foxing of text.
EHLERS, H(ans), J(acobs). AN ESSAY ON
CLIMATE, Intended Especially To Explain The Difference
Between The Climate Of America And That Of The Eastern Hemisphere:
New York: Wm C. Bryant & Co., 1849.
First edition of an uncommon work by a nineteenth century American landscape gardener. Hans Ehlers was born in Denmark in 1804, educated at the Forest Academy at Kiel and served as the manager of the Arboretum, nursery grounds and climatological observatory at that same academy, " Ehlers emigrated to the United States about 1841, where he followed the profession of landscape gardening, working chiefly in the Hudson River Valley. Not long after his arrival, he is said to have spent more than a year traveling in the American West, studying native flora and climatological conditions. These studies became the basis of his 1849 booklet, An Essay on Climate..." (Zaitzevsky, Cynthia in Birnbaum and Karson, PIONEERS OF AMERICAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN pp..104-105). As a landscape gardener, Ehlers worked for members of the Astor family in the Hudson River Valley, planning parts of Rokeby in Barrytown, Steen Valetje for Franklin H. Delano, and possibly initial parts of Ferncliff in Rhinebeck. His work on an arboretum at Montgomery Place involved him in a dispute with Thomas Pennant Barton and A.J. Downing. Ehlers' explanation for the difference in climate in this pamphlet is the difference in subterranean heat. OCLC locates three libraries with this first issue and several more with an issue date of 1850. 8vo (23 x 15 cm); 16 pp.
Original paper covers with printed title within printed decorative border on upper cover; some scattered light foxing, but otherwise very well preserved; with "Frank(sic) A Delano" inscribed in pen on upper cover top margin.
FAURE, Gabriel. LES JARDINS DE
ROME. Aquarelles de Pierre Vignal.
Grenoble: Editions J. Rey, 1923.
One of 1500 copies. A personal descriptive and historical account of the ancient and Renaissance gardens of Rome. The work is particularly appealing for its 14 color plates from watercolors by Pierre Vignal, as well as for the numerous sepia-toned photographic views printed within the text. Folio (32.5 x 25 cm); 100 + (1) pp. with text illustrations from sepia-toned photographs + 14 full page reproductions of watercolors.
Original color printed wrappers, a fine copy.
Early French Florist's Receipt
34 (FLEMING, Bryant, Landscape Architect) ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE WORK OF BRYANT FLEMING A.L.A., F.A.S.L.A./ ARCHITECT/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT (cover title). Wyoming, N.Y.: Ithaca, N.Y., ca. 1932.
Many of Bryant Fleming's important private commissions in the South and Mid-West are shown here by photographs, sketches or plans, including the Roy Chapin estate and E.H. Butler's "Nepawin", both at Grosse Point; A.J. & W.A. Fisher's Palmer Woods estate near Detroit, Charles Edwin Briggs's Euclid Heights and John Sherwin's South Farm in Ohio; and various estates in Nashville, including "Cheekwood" in Harpeth Hills. His 1930 plan for the Cornell University campus, where he had founded the Department of Landscape Art with Liberty Hyde Bailey, is also illustrated. The quality of the photographic illustrations varies (those by Mattie Edwards Hewitt of "Rockledge" in Greenwich are excellent) and some photos are quite small, sometimes 9 to a page. A very uncommon document of an important American landscape architect's work during the country house era. "Fleming's knowledge of art, architectural history, and antiques equaled his command of horticulture and the technical aspects of landscape design, leading to a depth of involvement with his residential projects which defined his style." (Knight, Gayle, Alan McCarthy and Charles Birnbaum in PIONEERS OF AMERICAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN pp. 120, 123). OCLC locates 2 copies. Stapled brochure measuring 29.8 x 24 cm., 26 ff with black and white photographic illustrations on rectos only + 18 ff. ads printed on both sides + 1 blank.
Original bevel-edged gray paper cover with title printed on upper cover, minor shelfwear and spotting; internally crisp and clean. With Fleming's penned signature on the titlepage.
PETIT, FLEURISTE-BOTANISTE, ENTREPRENEUR DE JARDINS
BOURGEOIS. Paris: Au Cycas Revoluta,
Boulevard des Italiens, No. 2, près les passage de
A well preserved early receipt from a Parisian florist with letterpress description of the firm's stock and penned notations showing details of a sale. At his shop called "Au Cycas Revoluta," Petit sold roses, peonies, plants for the orangery etc. He also rented plants for balls and soirées, and made up all sorts of bouquets. His nursery was located rue de Jessaints, No. 9, barrière St-Denis. On this invoice he has indicated in pen that he has sold 3 bouquets, 4 flowering plants and 24 "caisses" or flats for a total of 27 francs. With his signature. Single sheet folded three times, 18,7 x 11.5, with decorative printed border around merchant information.
In fine condition.
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(Flower Toy) LA
PETITE FLEURISTE (cover title). (Modèle
Déposé No. 24511) Paris, n.d.
A cheerful and colorful toy box for the aspiring young flower-maker in the genre of those toys issued by "A La Ménagère," such as their "coffret mercerie et crochet," the coffre," le Petit Relieur," or "la boite décalcomanie avec pièces a décorer." Today these are found in varying degrees of completeness. Our little florist with its booklet "Petit Traité Pratique/ L'Art De Faire Les Fleurs En Papier," is still well preserved, despite a few things lacking or disturbed, as described below, and still imparts a sense of excitement for the delicate craft at hand. Box measuring 27 x 17 x 7 cm; fold-up lid held in place by ribbon support; inside upper lid lined with an array of plain color and pattern colored tissue papers of which only a few appear to be lacking; lower box contains 11 compartments of which 7 are rarely opened paper boxes with gilt paper trimmed "glass" lids and within these boxes, paper flower petals and other parts; 3 other compartments contain paper flower parts and either never had or now lack their boxes; the largest, velvet lined compartment contains two scissors, a tweezers, partial paint brush etc.; a 16 page booklet in pink wrappers is laid in.
Original box covered in original floral themed paper; on upper cover is the title printed in gold on a blue paper banner paste down; internally as described, with a few papers lacking, tools rusted , some component boxes perhaps lacking, and, for those lacking enclosed boxes, some wrinkling and distortion of paper flower parts. Over all an extremely well preserved example of a fragile paper toy.
FUMITARO, Sugimoto. NIWA NO TSUKURIKATA
ZUKAI (ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO GARDEN CONSTRUCTION).
Tokyo & Osaka: Kenchido Shoin, (1931).
A profusely illustrated pattern book for Japanese garden construction with detailed plans and drawings realizing those plans. There may be a Western influence in the repeated uniform conifer background to many of the gardens, and there is certainly a Western approach to the two final plates of geometric gardens. With substantial text in Japanese and with 6 plates with 5 or 6 images to the plate of Japanese garden ornaments. Stabbed and tied Japanese style, oblong 26 x 18.5 cm; title leaf + 9 pp. text + (1) + 36 plans, 35 reproductions of drawings, including one folding plate, 6 plates of ornaments (5-6 to a page) and 40 pp text, printed on rectos only.
Original brown silk covered boards with purple ties, colored design and titling on upper cover, corners gently worn, edges foxed; attractive endpapers with designs of trees, mountains, clouds, etc.; endpapers separated along folds, but the binding is firm; occasional light foxing to text, but a nicely preserved copy; with Western bookplate on front paste-down.
Eugene. LE LIVRE DU DECOUPAGE A TABLE Ou
Manuel De L'Ecuyer Tranchant, Paris: Ch.
A volume in the little series "Bibliotheque De La Maitresse De Maison," well preserved in its original pink paper covers. This volumes details the correct carving at table for all kinds of beef, game, poultry and fish with appropriate comments from Montaigne, Voltaire, Brillat-Savarin, etc. With numbered line engraved diagrams of cuts throughout. A final chapter on the dining room offers information on the history and fashionability of coffee. 8vo (16.5 x 11.2 cm); 62 pp with line engravings in the text.
Original printed pink paper covers, small nick in middle of spine, else fine.
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GODARD, Octave. JARDINS DE LA COTE
D'AZUR. Paris: Ch. Massin, n.d.
Presentation copy signed and inscribed to the French landscape architect Henri Pasquier. First edition. Godard started his career working under Édouard André in Paris, but in 1906 he left to establish his own practice on the French Riviera, where he opened an office in Nice in 1910. He continued there until the 1940s, during which period he worked almost exclusively designing gardens on the Côte D'Azur in the new Mediterranean style which he helped to establish along with Peto, Forestier and Bac. His JARDINS DE LA COTE D'AZUR is the most impressive contemporary publication featuring those gardens. His own work figures prominently among the 21 gardens it presents, including Les Palmiers at Nice and La Croix des Gardes at Cannes. Altogether nine of his gardens are shown along with other examples by Peto, Gréber, Duchêne and others. The selection favors, in particular, large formal gardens of the sort in which Godard specialized. His introductory text includes a history of mediterranean gardens and a chapter on the "Principes Généraux De Composition Du Jardin Moderne Sur La Côte D'Azur." Folio (44.5 x 32.5 cm); 11 pp. + 44 heliogravure plates from photographs. Ganay 431.
Recently rebound in marbled paper-covered boards.
GROMORT, Georges. JARDINS
D'ITALIE. Paris: Vincent,
An impressive photographic survey of the major gardens of Italy. The original edition, published in 1922, included only 148 plates and focused primarily on the more famous Renaissance gardens of Rome and Tuscany. This new and revised edition added much new material, particularly on gardens in Northern Italy. A short historical and descriptive text, and occasionally a plan, are provided for each garden, but it is the 182 large heliogravure plates printed by Paul et Vigier which are the most striking feature of these volumes. Two volumes, folio; (45 x 32.4 cm); 44 pp. + 92 plates (including frontispiece); 28 pp. + 90 plates. Ganay 408.
Loose in original cloth-backed portfolios, as issued; spine worn and recently rebacked, with old backstrip laid down; new ties; some damage and paper loss to blank margins of two plates; light soiling in margins of a few plates.
(GUERMEAU DE SAINT-PERAVI, JEAN-NICOLAS-
MARCELLIN) TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DE
DIFFÉRENTES FLEURS: Des Narcisses, Des Girofliers,
Des Tubereuses, Des Anémones, De La Jacinthe, Des Jonquilles,
Des Iris, Des Lis & De Amaranthes. Paris: Chez
Saugrain, jeune, 1765.
First edition. A scarce treatise of interest to florists and cultivators. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the nine popular flowers cited in the title. The author was born in Beauce and also wrote a book on taxation published in 1768. No copies in OCLC, nor in BNF, but there are copies in regional French libraries. 12mo (16.5 x 9.8 cm); (iv) + 316 + (iv) pp.with decorative text ornaments. Musset-Pathay 1867.
Contemporary mottled calf with gilt decorated spine panels and gilt lettering piece on spine, scuffed, chipped and worn at spine ends, older paper shelving label in bottom spine panel; marbled end papers, faint damping stain on small portion of upper margins of first chapter, contemporary ink margin note on one page.
HALLIDAY, Robert J. PRACTICAL CAMELLIA
CULTURE: A Treatise On The Propagation And Culture Of The
Camellia Japonica. Baltimore: (The
First edition of the first book on the camellia written by an American. Halliday was a nurseryman and florist located in Baltimore. He was a dedicated proponent of camellia propagation from cuttings, a practice which at that time was less common than grafting. He gives detailed instructions for all stages of development and includes several instructive text illustrations as well as five color plates. Halliday's advice was particularly directed to commercial growers, with much attention paid to issues such as market prices and the profitablilty of different methods of cultivation. He was also a partisan of the alba plena variety, and offers much of his advice specifically for that plant. 12mo (19.2 x 12 cm); 142 pp. with 43 wood-engraved text illustrations + 5 chromolithographed plates.
Original cloth with gilt camellia design on upper cover, gilt lettered spine, very slight wear to spine ends, corners gently bumped; original endpapers and publisher's announcement slip for the forthcoming PRACTICAL AZALEA CULTURE tipped in at front endpapers; 2 tissue guards removed; a very good copy.
HARDOUIN-FUGIER, Elisabeth and Etienne GRAFE.
THE LYON SCHOOL OF FLOWER PAINTING.
Leigh-on Sea: F. Lewis, Publishers, Ltd., (1978).
Edition limited to 500 copies. A study of the important school of French flower painters centered in Lyon in the 19th century, their connections to the textile industry, and the progress of the École des Beaux Arts at Lyon. The bulk of the text consists of an alphabetical annotated catalogue of flower painters, including available biographical and professional details. Illustrated with a color frontispiece reproducing a painting by Francois Lepage and 51 black and white reproductions of paintings by other members of the school. 4to (28.5 x 21 cm); 88 pp. + mounted color frontispiece + 51 black and white plates.
Original cloth in lightly frayed dust jacket.
HERLUISON, H. et P. LEROY. LES
DESSINATEURS DE JARDINS. Orleans: H.
One of 50 copies. This is a memoir read at the June 6, 1900 reunion of the Société des Beaux Arts Des Departments. Varied influences on the French garden, its artists, architects, and important publications are recalled. Several contemporary documents from the 17th and 18th century are reproduced. 8vo (25.7 x 16.5 cm); 38 + (2) pp. + 3 plates from engravings or drawn plans. Not in Ganay.
Original printed paper covers in glassine; unopened but for 1st signature, faint slim stain to margin of half-title.
HUGHES, John Arthur. GARDEN ARCHITECTURE
AND LANDSCAPE GARDENING. Illustrating The Architectural
Embellishment Of Gardens, With Remarks On Landscape Gardening In Its
Relation To Architecture. London: Longmans, Green,
And Co. 1866.
First edition of a book that influenced taste and theory in the development of the concept of the architectural garden in England in the second half of the 19th century. This is a carefully illustrated work focused on the proper use of architectural features in Victorian landscape gardens. Hughes stresses the unity of house and garden and includes general principles for garden design and the laying out of grounds in various styles. The most substantial and interesting portions of the text, however, are concerned with ornamental structures within the garden. Thirty five pages are devoted to terraces and steps while significant discussion is also given to bridges, garden buildings, "architectural gardening," and similar subject matter. 8vo (22.3 x 14 cm); xiv + 80 pp. (+ 24 pp. ads and index) with 188 wood-engraved text figures + frontispiece and 4 wood-engraved plates.
Original cloth, lightly worn at extremities.
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JACOTOT, Pascale, Catherine MOSBACH, Marc CLARAMUNT and
Vincent TRICAUD, editors. VERSAILLES
CHANTIERS. Pages Paysages. Versailles:
Association Paysage et Diffusion, 1987.
Scarce first issue of this annual landscape architecture review bringing together essays and research from 30 separate contributors, many of them connected with the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage at Versailles. "It consists of works of research (graduating study at ENSP), works by photographers, philosophers, sculptors, architects, administrators... articles by landscape architects, professors at ENSP, works by enterprises" (-from introduction). So we have Alexandre Chemetoff writing on Saint Cloud, Gilles Clément writing that "le jardin est dans le jardinier," Jean-Marc L'Anton on the restoration of le domaine de Charance, etc. Folio (34 x 24 cm); 48 leaves illustrated with photos drawings and plans.
Loose as issued in original printed paper portfolio"coffret", some bumping to corners of coffret, else fine.
(JAMES, Thomas) THE FLOWER
GARDEN. With An Essay On The Poetry Of Gardening.
London: John Murray, 1852.
A long essay on the history of gardens, early and recent, which first appeared in the Quarterly Review. A similar essay entitled "The Poetry Of Gardening," on the same subject but reprinted from a different publication, is also included. 12mo (16.3 x 10.3 cm); 108 pp.
Contemporary stiff marbled paper wrappers with printed label on front cover.
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JULIA DE FONTENELLE, (Jean Sebastien Eugène) and
Henri TOLLARD. MANUEL DE L'HERBORISTE,
L'Épicier-Droguiste Et Du Grainier-Pépiniériste et
Horticulteur. Paris: Rorer, 1828.
A two-volume Roret manual providing details on plant characteristics: where they grow, what their medical properties are and what their chemical analysis reveals. Henri Tollard contributed the portion of the manual addressed to the needs of nursery and seedsmen, horticulturists. Two volumes, 18mo (14.5 x 19.5 cm); 445 (iii); 558 pp. + 5 folding charts.
Original printed paper covers, worn at spine heels, light to moderate foxing to text, but otherwise well preserved.
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KARR, Alphonse. VOYAGE AUTOUR DE MON
JARDIN. Paris: L. Curmer; V.
The first color illustrated edition of this classic garden meditation by the French novelist, journalist and floriculturist, Alphonse Karr. The text is composed as a series of letters to a friend whose departure for exotic travel has created in the narrator the urge to demonstrate that truly exotic traveling can be accomplished entirely within the carefully observed world of his garden. Thus we are introduced to keen observations of insect and flower life, to flower lore, themes of metamorphosis, much discussion of the major flowers (such as the rose and tulip), color in the garden and nature, the succession of flowers with the seasons, etc. "Les saisons qui se renouvellent sont les climats qui voyagent et qui me viennent trouver. Vos longs voyages ne sont que des visites fatigantes que vous allez rendre au saisons..." There are many departures into memory and historical association, but all is based upon the life drama of the world underfoot in the garden. It is, in a way, a work of romantic ecology, scientifically informed, but directed by the beauty and passion of the observed garden. The wood engraved text illustrations and decorations are by noted artists of the period: MM. Freeman, L. Marvy, Steinheil, Meissonier, Gavarni. Daubigny and Catenacci. In this first edition with full page color plates there are also eight flowers depicted: rose, campanula, dipladenie noble, gardenia, fuchsia, azalea, camellia and lapagerie. The text, without the color plates, first appeared in 1845. Large 8vo (27 x 18 cm); half title and title page + 416 pp. with numerous wood-engraved text illustrations + 8 color plates with printed tissue guards. Carteret III-325.
In publisher's pebble grained cloth with leather spine divided into 5 compartments, gilt tooled with gilt titling, a.e.g., spine a bit sunned; text very fresh and bright, apart from some minor foxing to initial pages. Plates bright.
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(Kyoto Gardens) (TAMAMURA,
Kozaburo, photographer.) CHARACTERISTIC GARDENS OF
JAPAN. Kobe, Japan: Takagi Photo
A scarce tourist album of 20 hand-colored autotype photographs showing views within both the public and private gardens of Kyoto. Tamamuro specialized in photographing Japanese culture and scenery for publication in albums primarily sold to Western tourists. Takagi worked with and later succeeded him. This particular album is among the scarcest of their publications. No copies are recorded in OCLC, COPAC or KVK. Oblong album (17.3 x 24.5 cm); colored title, printed colophon + 20 hand-colored autotype plates.
Contemporary silk covered boards, stabbed and tied; front board detached with old tape residue visible; inner margin of title leaf torn with minor loss and with some tape residue; prior owner's rubber stamp on end sheets.
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LA QUINTINYE, (Jean-Baptiste de)
INSTRUCTION POUR LES JARDINS FRUITIERS ET POTAGERS, Avec Un
Traité Des Orangers, Suivy de Quelques Réflexions Sur
L'Agriculture. Paris: Claude Barbin,
First edition of what must be regarded as the most influential book in the history of pomology. Although trained as a lawyer, a visit to the gardens of Italy in 1656 while serving as tutor to the son of Jean Tombonneau produced in La Quinitinie an interest in horticulture which he pursued upon his return to France. His genius was readily recognized by a series of wealthy employers, including the Prince de Condé at Chantilly and Colbert at Sceaux. He also worked alongside Le Notre in creating the jardin potager for Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte, and when the envious Louis XIV put Fouquet in jail and seized Vaux for himself, La Quintinie was sent with Le Notre to Versailles. After first taking charge of the old fruit and vegetable gardens there he designed and oversaw the construction of the new Potager du Roi between 1677 and 1683. It survives very much intact to this day. La Quintinie traveled to Italy and England to study the state of horticulture in those countries. In England he visited Evelyn and reputedly refused an offer from Charles II to take charge of the royal gardens there. La Quintinie was particularly famous for producing fruits and vegetables out of season. He conducted numerous experiments toward this end and did much to perfect the art of forcing. His INSTRUCTION POUR LES JARDINS FRUITIERS ET POTAGERS offers an instructive treatise based on the results of these experiments and discoveries. He made extensive use of espalier planting at Versailles, a new technique introduced to him by Arnauld D'Andilly. His careful observations on this new practice, along with engraved illustrations, are included here, along with his directions for significant new techniques in pruning and grafting. In addition to his practical instructions there is a detailed description of the gardens at the Potager du Roi accompanied by a folding engraved plan. A comprehensive 68 page dictionary of French horticultural terms is provided (the earliest such dictionary we are aware of) and this alone makes the book invaluable to the study of early gardening practices in France. The work's authority was immediately recognized. A pirated edition appeared in Amsterdam within two years, followed by numerous other reprints in Paris, Amsterdam and elsewhere. John Evelyn wrote a translation which appeared in London in 1693, and others freely plagiarized or adapted the text throughout the 18th century. In spite of its immediate success the first edition is notoriously rare. It was not a book destined to sit unused on the shelf and thus very few copies have survived complete in their original bindings. OCLC locates only four American libraries with copies, which is a remarkably small census for a book of such long established importance. It is not found in the Hunt Catalogue (which does include several later editions and translations) nor is it listed in Musset-Pathay (which cites a later edition only), Plesch MILLE ET UN LIVRES, or Cleveland. Two volumes, 4to (25.3 x 18.2 cm); (iv) + 522 + (2), 568 pp. with nine engraved vignettes and three garden plans + frontispiece portrait + folding garden plan + 12 plates of tools and pruning methods. Oak Spring Pomona #1; Pritzel 5075.
Contemporary full mottled calf, all edges gilt; minor wear and chipping to covers; old ownership mark erased on title pages with abrasion wearing through paper on volume one; a few minor pencil corrections, but text otherwise clean and fresh.
LABORDE, Alexandre de. DESCRIPTIONS DES
NOUVEAUX JARDINS DE LA FRANCE. Et De Ses Anciens Chateaux
Mêlée D'Observations Sur La Vie De La Campagne Et La
Composition Des Jardins. Paris: Delance, 1808
(reprinted, Paris: Connaissance et Mémoires, 2004).
An excellent facsimile reprint of this important pictorial record of the major picturesque gardens of France at the turn of the nineteenth century. Among the 30 properties that are illustrated here are Ermenonville, Méréville, Mortfontaine, Malmaison and Le Raincy, each represented with at least nine different views accompanied by a descriptive text in French, English and German. Laborde also provides an introductory text discussing the history of French gardens and a concluding chapter with observations on the theory of garden design. Added to this edition is a lengthy preface by Michel Baridon. Limited to 500 numbered copies. Folio (48.5 x 34 cm); 24 + (ii) + 226 pp. + 95 plates.
Publisher's cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. New.
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(D. LANDRETH & SONS) Seedsmen's
Advertising Broadside: THE "F" CABINET./ THE "PONY" CABINET./ THE "KID"
Cabinet. ..... (Philadelphia: D. Landreth
& Sons, n.d. (1887).
D. Landreth & Sons, the Philadelphia nursery and seed house, were the "oldest established seed house in America," begun in 1784. Here they offer retail merchants three different display cabinets for the sale of their garden seeds. This broadside illustrates all three (three different sizes) showing the rows of printed flower or vegetable seed packets attractively arranged in the firm's display cabinet identified with Landreth's decoratively printed label. With the original printed mailing envelope. Single sheet (42.7 x 26.1 cm) printed.
Minor nicks along bottom edge; creases from insertion in original mailing envelope, but a well preserved copy.
LANGLEY, Batty. NEW PRINCIPLES OF
GARDENING: Or, The Laying Out and Planting Parterres,
Groves, Wildernesses, Labyrinths, Avenues, Parks, Etc. After A More
Grand and Rural Manner, Than Has Been Done Before;
London: 1828 (Westmeath: Gregg International Publishers,
Facsimile reprint of this important English garden history classic. The plates are "slightly reduced in size from the original." 4to (24 x 16.8 cm); xvi +( viii) + 207 + (1) = 191 + (1) pp. with 28 plates from engravings, many fold - out.
Original cloth, gilt lettering on spine; some minor wrinkling in plate margins from binding process.
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(Language of Flowers)
(CORTAMBERT, Louise) LA TOUR, Charlotte de (pseud.). LE
LANGAGE DES FLEURS. Paris: Audot,
First edition, large paper copy. Louise Cortambert's LE LANGAGE DES FLEURS is popularly regarded as the first Western book on the language of flowers. Although there were, in fact, earlier works on floral symbolism and flower-based languages, Cortambert's was by far the most popular and became the source for many, if not most, of the numerous later works on the same subject. It was published in 1819 under the pseudonym of Charlotte de Latour, and its true authorship remained unsettled for many years. "The illustrations to Le Langage des Fleurs constitute one of the chief sources of its charm. The original drawings were prepared by a floral artist of considerable renown, Pancrace Bessa," (Lucia Tomasi, AN OAK SPRING FLORA, pg. 366). Bessa was a student of Redouté and achieved a reputation as the foremost painter of miniature botanical illustrations in his day. These hand-colored plates - a frontispiece and one plate for each month of the year - depict from one to three individual flowers above engraved captions giving their names and associated sentiments or virtues. The text is arranged by seasons. Sections for each month of the year are further divided into chapters devoted to the appropriate flowers, their lore and meaning. There is also a dictionary of the language of flowers and a table of floral attributes for each hour of the day. The work went through several editions, some with the same illustrations, but the quality of the hand coloring in the original edition is noticeably superior. Rare. OCLC locates only five copies. 12mo (17.8 x 10.5 cm); xvi + 299 pp. + engraved title with hand-colored vignette + 14 hand-colored plates (including frontispiece).
Contemporary paper-covered boards with leather spine label; corners and spine edges worn, with partial loss of paper along edge of backstrip; occasional faint foxing.
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(Language of Flowers) DELANGLARD,
Charles-François Paul. ORACLES DE
FLORE. Paris: Chez Janet, n.d.
An early floral game and fortune-teller based on the symbolic meaning of flowers. The thirty-six flowers used in the game are each assigned a specific meaning. As such, it is one of the very few "language of flowers" books to have been published prior to Charlotte Latour. It was also the basis for numerous other 19th century romantic and prophetic floral games based on the "meaning" of individual flowers. Scarce; OCLC locates only one copy (Univ. of Amsterdam). 18mo (12 x 7.5 cm); (2) + (8) + 152 pp. + engraved title with hand-colored rose + 6 color plates of flowers and 2 engraved plates of playing cards. Plesch pg. 194.
Contemporary full sheep, worn at corners and spine extremities; text foxed.
(Language of Flowers) (PRUDHOMME
Hippolyte), illus. LE JARDIN DES FLEURS
Célébrées Par 120 Poètes Anciens Et
Modernes, Suivi Des Emblèmes Des Fleurs Et Des Plantes;
Ornés De XXIV Gravures Peintes Par Mlle. Prudhomme.
Paris: Chez l'Editeur, 1818.
A rare little illustrated language of flowers and floral poetry anthology of which we can find no trace in any online library holdings. Destined to adorn the library and " la toilette" of a lovely woman, it contains 33 hand colored engravings by Hippolyte Prudhomme, poems dedicated to various flowers by ancient and contemporary French poets and a list of symbolic emblems of flowers and plants. The authors account for not giving a lot of attention to the rose by pointing to their other book, HOMMAGE RENDU A LA ROSE PAR LES POETES ANCIENS ET MODERNS (Paris : Didot Le Jeune, 1818 see Stock 1310) which is devoted to that flower. Two volumes, 12mo (12.6 x 9 cm); (ii) + xvi + 110 pp.; (iv) + 133 pp. 33 hand-colored engraved plates.
Original printed paper wrappers with decorative borders bound in contemporary full calf with decorative gilt panel borders, gilt decorated spine and red leather lettering pieces tooled in gold, a.e.g., marbled endpapers; some scattered foxing and occasional very faint tide marks to outer margins; plates are fresh; a nicely preserved and very handsome set.
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(Language of Flowers)
V(ALENTINE)., L(aura). THE LANGUAGE AND SENTIMENT OF
FLOWERS. Compiled and Edited by L.V.
London: Frederick Warne and Co., n.d. (ca. 1883).
A pretty little gift book with more actual flower lore than many others of this modest size. The first portion of the text, "Floral Records," recounts the lore or use of approximately 30 flowers, and is followed by a dial of flowers, modifications of the floral language, and examples of bouquets. The actual vocabulary is next, followed by a brief selection of poetry. The illustrations, prepared specifically for this edition, are printed in colors and gold. The "floral records" are flower lore; there is also a Dial of flowers, "Bouquets as Examples," a two part floral vocabulary and a selection of poetry. But its sweetly executed Victorian gift binding may be its most appealing feature, with a decoratively gilt spine and color illustration of a rose on its glazed and decoratively lettered cover. Small 8vo (12.5 x 8 cm);vi+ 154 pp.with decorative head and tail pieces and initials + 4 color printed plates bordered in gold.
Original simulated ivory boards printed in colors and gold on upper cover; white spine printed in gold with rusticated lettering and floral design, a.e.g.; penned gift inscription on verso of frontispiece; a well preserved copy.
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(Language of Flowers) WILLCOCKS,
T (homas). FLORA POETICA Or Poetry On
Flowers Selected and Arranged by ... London: Longman,
Rees, Orme, & Co., 1834.
With 12 delicately hand-colored plates drawn and engraved by G. Banks. The text consists of anthologized verse on individual flowers accompanied by brief essays on the flower's lore and history, plus poetry on the fables of flowers, the dial of flowers and the dirge of flowers. Indexed. 12mo (12.3 x 7.5 cm); xi + (i) + 336 pp. + 12 hand-colored engravings of flowers including decorative title.
Contemporary full morocco with gilt panelling on upper and lower covers,, gilt panels on spine with one lettering panel in gilt, inner gilt dentelles; some gentle scuffing and wear at corners, minor 2 centimeters of separation starting along top spine edge, but binding still very attractive and firm; a.e.g.; text fresh and bright but for a bit of offsetting from plates onto opposite text.
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LAPRADE, Albert. L'EXPOSITION DE
PARIS. Paris: Librairie Des Arts
Décoratifs, ca. 1937.
First and only edition of this handsome pictorial review of "La Trop Belle Exposition," the last of the great French international exhibitions, with a moving introduction by Albert Laprade, inspector général des Beaux-Arts, written on the eve of the War. The table of plates list the pavillons shown representing the various nations and "techniques", such as the Pavillon de la Céramique et de la Verrerie. Architects and collaborators are given. With views, of course, of the new Trocadero and of the Musées des Arts Modernes and the Portes de l'Alma. Folio (32.5 x 25 cm); 12 unnumbered pages + 42 heliotype plates.
Loose, as issued, and housed in a later marbled paper covered slipcase, some wear to slipcase extremities; text and plates fresh and bright.
(LASSUS, Bernard). BANN, Stephen, Christophe BAYLE et.
al. LE JARDIN DES TUILERIES DE BERNARD
LASSUS. (London): Coracle
One of 1000 copies. A re-examination of Bernard Lassus's imaginative proposal for the restoration or "reinvention" of the Tuileries gardens by taking into account the new axis created by I.M. Pei's Pyramide and the Arche de La Defense. Lassus's plan for altering perspective through "archaelogical" strata of garden history is described in the text in his own words and accompanied by folding plates of his plans. With commentary by Peter Jacobs, John Dixon Hunt, Simon Cutts, Stephen Bann, and Robert B. Riley. With text in French and in English. 8vo (21 x 16.8 cm); 67 pp. with black and white text reproductions of older plans and engravings + 6 plates of contemporary plans (of which 4 are colored).
Original printed stiff paper wrappers.
LASSUS, Bernard. JARDINS
IMAGINAIRES. (Paris): Les Presses de la
First edition. Lassus, who certainly ranks among France's most original and provocative modern landscape architects, has presented here a fascinating photographic study and analysis of several contemporary French regional and suburban gardens which were created entirely outside of either conventional or avant-garde aesthetic rules. These are private gardens of pure child-like imagination, full of sculptural figures of fantasy (Snow White, pink flamingoes, multi-colored gnomes), riotous color, and incongruous planting schemes. 4to (32.5 x 23.8 cm); 191 + (1) pp. profusely illustrated from black and white and color photographs and from plans.
Original cloth in dust jacket.
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LAWSON, George. THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF
SOUTH AMERICA, And The Water-Lilies Of Our Own Land: Their
History And Cultivation. Edinburgh: James
First and only edition; with a penned presentation inscription from "The Author" on flyleaf. In addition to describing indigenous British water lilies, Lawson presents a detailed account of the sensational Victoria Regia, first brought into flower successfully at Chatsworth in 1849. It is from this same stock that Caleb Cope and his gardener, Thomas Meehan, cultivated a plant which flowered in the United States in 1851 (see Bailey, STANDARD CYCLOPEDIA OF HORTICULTURE pp.3466-8). Two lovely color plates, one of Victoria Regia and another of the great white water-lily, illustrate the text. 12mo (17.4 x 10.5 cm); (iv) + iv + (9)-108 pp. + 2 chromolithographed plates. Pritzel 5101
Original red cloth with gilt title and water lily design on upper cover, re-backed in red cloth with gilt spine lettering, extremities gently worn, corners bumped; a.e.g., original endpapers preserved; moderate foxing to plates.
(Lilies and Melons) THIERY,
M. HISTOIRE ET CULTURE DES LYS. Suivie D'Un
Précis Sur La Culture Des Melons, Et Sur La Nature Des Sols
Ainsie Que Des Engrais Qui Conviennent A Chacun D'Eux, Avec
L'Époque Des Semis A Faire Mois Par Mois.
Paris: Chez M. Thiery, 1855.
Thiery was a seedsman and nurseryman with gardens in Auteuil, near Paris. The first 55 pages are devoted to the primary work, an account of the history and culture of 59 varieties of lily. This is followed by a short manual on melon culture, a gardener's calendar, and a few other short essays on unrelated horticultural subjects. Scarce; OCLC locates only two copies in North American libraries. 12mo (18.9 x 11.3); 179 pp.
Original printed paper covers, personal ex-libris stamp at bottom margin of title page, occasional faint foxing; a very good copy.
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LES LYS. Étrennes Aux Dames.
Paris: Chez Rosa, 1815.
First and only edition of charming French gift book for ladies devoted entirely to the subject of lilies. It is richly embellished with twelve color plates by an unknown artist, each depicting a single flower. These are hand-finished color stipple engravings engraved and printed by Langlois, the master of French botanical color printing who also printed most of the works of Redouté, among many others. Twenty-five pages of the text are devoted to botanical information on the lily along with a description of popular varieties. There is also a short chapter on the chivalric Order of the Lily, but the major portion of the text is devoted to an anthology of poetry and literary extracts related to the lily. Scarce. No copies listed in OCLC or CCFr; COPAC locates one copy only (Waddleton Collection, Cambridge). Small 8vo (12.5 x 8 cm); (ii) + viii + 3-138 pp. + (2) pp. ads and 12 pp. calendar + engraved and colored title and 12 color plates.
Contemporary full mottled calf with gilt decorated spine; half-title clipped, but otherwise a clean and well preserved copy.