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  • 40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL. by (Architectural Drawing) CARR, Terence.
    (Architectural Drawing) CARR, Terence.
    40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL.

    (Woking): n.d. (ca. 1935). An eye-catching pen and ink wash drawing for worker/agricultural stone cottages in Cornwall designed by Carr, who worked for the well known architectural firm of W.D. Caroe. In this large drawing, Carr outlines the layout for 40 houses situated within a village green. It shows the first floor plans of the houses as they are arranged in a half circle, along with detailed elevations for West side and North side groupings. One pair of cottages is shown in front and back elevation. Room measurements are given for parlour, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathrooms. Carr worked from Garthowen, Woking. Notice of his work on church architecture with W.D. Caroe can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library's Church Plans online website. We also find mention of his winning a prize in the Industrial Design Competition of 1930 (see REPORT ON THE COMPETITION OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS, 1930, in "Journal of the Royal Society of Arts" Volume 78, No. 4063 pp. 1150-1172), but this must have been in his student days. The drawing offered here is an accomplished presentation for an entire project. Single sheet (68 x 47 cm); in pen, ink wash, black, green, red and tans, illustrating layout and elevations.

    With three tears, closed, in the sheet , and some rubbing at ink title on the bottom of the drawing. In a recent matt mounting. Very good.
    Book ID: 16318
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  • (Children's gardening) (ANONYMOUS)
    A BOTANICAL LADDER FOR THE YOUNG.

    London: The Religious Tract Society, n.d. (ca. 1845). Botanical instructions for the young in the form of a dialogue between mother and child. These instructions are for a fairly well read child and progress as one advances up the steps of a ladder. With text figures or sketches. 12mo (14.2 x 9 cm); engraved frontispiece of mother and child out botanizing, (ii) + 176 pp. with engraved text figures of plants or plant parts.

    Original cloth, well preserved.
    Book ID: 16381
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  • " the most alluring place..."
    A GARDEN IN VENICE. by (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    A GARDEN IN VENICE.

    London: "Country Life" 1903. The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, " Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight walks covered by 600-700 yards of square-topped vine-clad pergola." (Festing, S. GERTRUDE JEKYLL p. 154). Traditional structures and ornaments were used. Eden includes an interesting account of well-making on the island and in the garden. The prominence of the Edens in the expatriate community brought notable guests to the garden, as did the caché of later residents such as Princess Aspasia of Greece and her daughter and son-in-law, the King and Queen of Yugoslavia. Henry James, Anna de Noailles, Maurice Barres and Jean Cocteau are also associated with the spot. D'Annunzio set a scene there in his IL FUOCO. In LES DELICES DE L'ITALIE, Jean Louis Vaudoyer calls the garden "the most alluring place in the world to abandon oneself to melancholy." (as quoted in Weal, M.T., POSTFACE; A GARDEN IN VENICE ). The garden was locked up after the death of its last occupant, but garden historian John Hall obtained entrance and wrote a description for HORTUS, Autumn 2003. Small 4to (23 x 18 cm); (vi) +135 + (1) pp. with decorative head and tail pieces, initial letters and text figures, from older engravings, including some from the Dream of Polyphilis, + frontispiece and 16 full page illustrations from photographs, with tissue guards, hors texte.

    Original publisher's decoratively embossed leather"Venetian" style, some scuffing to extremities, pictorial endpapers; apart from light scuffing, a very good copy.
    Book ID: 16156
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  • 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...

    London: 1826. 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. Arntzen Rainwater E20. 8vo (21.8 x 13.5 cm); viii + (760 )pp.

    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.
    Book ID: 13009
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  • A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. by  Laurence, John.
    Laurence, John.
    A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. Being A Complete Body of Husbandry and Gardening In all the Parts of them. Viz. Husbandry in the FIELD, And Its Several Improvements...In FIVE BOOKS...

    London: for Tho. Woodward, 1726. First edition. Laurence's "most ambitious literary project..." (Henrey p. 421). With a handsome etched frontispiece by van de Gucht showing the Prince of Wales's Richmond Lodge or Ormonde Lodge. The work is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline to George II, who would eventually improve Richmond Lodge with Charles Bridgeman.. The lodge no longer exists. (Henrey,p. 421 ). Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence), who bears the distinction of having written the first original eighteenth century treatise on gardening, THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION, 1714, was rector at Yelverton in Northhamptonshire where he turned an unpromising patch into a thriving fruit garden over the course of 20 years. The first book in this ambitious work concerns every aspect of agriculture from dung to brickmaking. Book II describes the characteristics and uses of a great variety of forest trees, timber trees, evergreens and flowering shrubs, all suitable for growing in England without "housing". Book Three is about the subject for which the author is perhaps best known, fruit culture. Book IV : the kitchen garden. Book V is devoted to the flower garden and includes "A complete catalogue of Flowers great and small perannual (sic) or annual, usually known or propagated in England, either in the naked Ground or Hotbed." With seven engraved printer's ornaments by Francis Hoffman. Henrey 945; Hunt 466; Johnson, A HISTORY OF ENGLISH GARDENING p. 156. Folio ( 34.4 x 21.2 cm); (xxiv) + 456 (i.e. 452) pp. + etched frontispiece + 2 copperplate engravings (with 3 impressions); with 7 engraved printer's ornaments by F. Hoffman.

    Original full leather boards with double gilt ruling, very skillfully rebacked in full leather with gilt ruled raised bands and what is probably the original gilt-lettered title piece; original front pastedown preserved with two bookplates (Hare of Docking, Esq. and L.K. Elmhurst); free endpaper and following blank recent and well-matched; much faded old damp-staining (washed?) appearing in upper margins of some pages, only occasionally appearing in text, at rear pages. The name Charles Martin written in faded ink on title page. A well preserved copy.
    Book ID: 16219
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  • A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING: by  BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg). A(ndreas).
    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. Hunt 452; Henrey 411 Royal 4to (27 x 22 cm); (xxiv) + 300 + (iv) pp. + 22 plates (some folding) with 34 engravings.

    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.
    Book ID: 14522
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  • With tinted Photo-zincotypes
    BENN, J. Williams.
    A SURVEY OF..OLD FURNISHINGS ....IN A ....COUNTRY TOWN.

    (Guilford?) N.P. n.d. (ca.1900). A very scarce little book devoted to the antique furniture collections displayed in the galleries of Messrs. Williamson and Sons at Guilford. Benn recounts a history of English furniture through the centuries by browsing from piece to piece on display in the galleries. Eighty-four illustrations from photos or drawings printed in tinted photo-zincotypes show a full range of decorative pieces including an old Yorkshire dresser; a flemish oak carved chest; a Jacobean carved oak cradle; William and Mary period imports, Georgian and Queen Anne furnishings; Sheraton items and even some French imports ("That connoisseurs need not go to Paris for 'Old French' is made clear sufficiently by observing the exquisite Marie Antoinette commode which is roughly sketched in Fig. 82."). The whole is interspersed with quotations or reference to taste-makers such as Horace Walpole, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley and Hogarth. This is clearly intended as a promotional work for Messrs. Williamson and Sons, who also made new furniture. Uncommon. OCLC notes one copy at NYPL and 2 in the U.K. Oblong 8vo (15.2 x 23.2 cm); 57 pp. printed with tinted illustrations by Hazell, Watson, and Viney, LD.

    Original pale green cloth with title and emblem of Guilford embossed on upper cover; extremities lightly bumped and worn.
    Book ID: 16404
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  • Anticipating the 1926 Barcelona Exposition
    ALBUM - RESUMEN.  by (Exposition, Furniture and Decoration - Barcelona).
    (Exposition, Furniture and Decoration - Barcelona).
    ALBUM - RESUMEN. Exposición Internacional Del Mueble Y Decoration De Interiores.

    (Barcelona) (D. Antonio Torramadé, Ediciones De Arte Pro-Barcelona) 1924. A heavily illustrated album issued for Barcelona's 1923 international exposition of furniture and interior decoration as the first publication of the Ediciones De Arte Pro-Barcelona. The text is given in Spanish, French and English. Introductory material includes a guide to the recognition of styles, an account of the Tapestry of Archbishop Heredia of Tarragona and a history of that "most genuinely Spanish piece of furniture," the bargueño. Photographs and descriptions of the installations at the exhibition occupy the main portion of the text. Individual stands are described, credited with decorators, furnishers, etc., and, usually, illustrated by one or more plates, sometimes printed on both recto and verso with corresponding photographic illustration. The majority of the firms exhibiting were from Barcelona or represented by a branch there. They offered everything from fine furniture, carpets, linens to pianos, antiques, office furnishings, wrought iron, and lighting . Prizes awarded are indicated. Small sections of illustrations, without text, represent the French and International sections. Most interesting are the portions of the album devoted to a contest for working class housing (all Catalan contributions) and furnishings for children's rooms. There are illustrated sections devoted to praise for the reclamation of Montjuic and the current building and landscaping underway there in anticipation of the grand 1926 exposition. A panoramic sketch of the Esplanade and Montjuic is printed on the final leaf. OCLC locates copies at Yale and the Art Institute of Chicago only. Large oblong 8vo (27 x 19 cm); 203 ff. with text and illustrations printed on matt and glossy papers, 2 ff. with illustrations tipped on to decorative colored stock, many full page ads printed in colors.

    Original cloth with title in gilt within frame border printed in colors on upper cover, lower cover printed in gilt, spine with printed title faded and rubbed at ends; internally the text varies, with the leaves printed on low-grade cream stock likely to be heavily foxed, while those printed on glossy stock are usually in very good condition with just some yellowing at margin edges. With the decorative blind-stamp of Joan Bigas I Balcells.
    Book ID: 16211
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  • ALBUM DE CLICHÉS, by (Trade Catalogue - Horticultural Printing) VILMORIN-ANDRIEUX & Cie.
    (Trade Catalogue - Horticultural Printing) VILMORIN-ANDRIEUX & Cie.
    ALBUM DE CLICHÉS, Electrotypes, Kupferniedschläge... Containing The Illustrations Published In The Different Books And Catalogues Of...

    Paris: Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie 1888. Second Edition. This thick catalogue assembles the vast collection of wood-engraved illustrations used by the Vilmorin-Andrieux firm in their seed catalogues and other publications. Electrotype printing blocks for all the images depicted could be ordered from the firm for use in illustrating retail seed and nursery catalogues. Instructions for ordering these are printed at the front in French, English and German. The numbered illustrations are printed on one side of the sheet only, "the other is intended for the illustrations which we may publish in the future and copies of which will be sent to all the purchasers of this album, to be pasted on the blank side corresponding to the numbers." Altogether at least 4000 images are included, the majority of which are devoted to flowers, although vegetables, herbs, trees, fruits, grasses, garden implements, etc. are also shown. The illustrations are accompanied by descriptions in French, English and German, and by prices in francs and sterling. OCLC gives only two North American locations for this edition and none for the first edition. 4to (27.2 x 21.7 cm); vi + 344 (+ xxiv index) + 345-744 pp. with over 4000 wood-engraved illustrations.

    Original cloth; covers heavily spotted, wear and tear to spine, with inner hinges reinforced; interior clean and tight.
    Book ID: 14796
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  • (Trade Catalogue - Horticultural Printing) VILMORIN-ANDRIEUX & Cie.
    ALBUM DE CLICHÉS, Electrotypes, Kupferniedschläge... Containing The Illustrations Published In The Different Books And Catalogues Of...

    Paris: Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie 1888. Second Edition. This thick catalogue assembles the vast collection of wood-engraved illustrations used by the Vilmorin-Andrieux firm in their seed catalogues and other publications. Electrotype printing blocks for all the images depicted could be ordered from the firm for use in illustrating retail seed and nursery catalogues. Instructions for ordering these are printed at the front in French, English and German. The numbered illustrations are printed on one side of the sheet only, "the other is intended for the illustrations which we may publish in the future and copies of which will be sent to all the purchasers of this album, to be pasted on the blank side corresponding to the numbers." Altogether at least 4000 images are included, the majority of which are devoted to flowers, although vegetables, herbs, trees, fruits, grasses, garden implements, etc. are also shown. The illustrations are accompanied by descriptions in French, English and German, and by prices in francs and sterling. 4to (27.2 x 21.7 cm); vi + 344 (+ xxiv index) + 345-744 pp. with over 4000 wood-engraved illustrations.

    Original cloth, worn; finger-nail size hole rubbed through cloth in center of backstrip; inner hinges reinforced.
    Book ID: 14754
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  • (Theatres)
    ALBUM DU MONDE ELÉGANT. Indicateur Officiel Des Theatres. (Cover Title).

    Paris: Pagès, L'Heureux & Cie. 1873. 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.
    Book ID: 15730
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  • With original photographs by Antoine Trinquart With 52 oval shaped albumen photograph portraits enclosed in printed lithographed frames.
    ALBUM-LYRIQUE. by (Portraits Of French Composers and Musicians) Lallier, Justin.
    (Portraits Of French Composers and Musicians) Lallier, Justin.
    ALBUM-LYRIQUE. Biographique Illustré de Cinquante Compositeurs Et Musiciens...Photographies par Trinquart.

    Paris: Chez Les Libraires Et Papetiers, n.d. ( ca.1867). First edition. A very lovely photographic souvenir album for mid 19th century music lovers in France with 51 small albumen portraits, three to a page, each surrounded by a lithographed oval "frame." Trinquart , along with photographer, Pierre Petit, opened a successful Parisian photography atelier called " La Photographie des Deux Mondes." They produced admired photographs of leading figures of the period. Inspired by the greatly expanded interest in choral societies and popular concerts, Trinquart assembled this collection of photographs ( some taken from engravings or paintings) of musical notables from Beethoven, Chopin, Gounod, Rossini to Alboni, Cabel, Milsson and Patti. Opposite each page of three portraits is a text page providing brief biographical information. The red/brown lithographed text concludes with a table of Compositeurs and Interprètes. OCLC lists at least two copies in book form at Harvard and George Eastman House. Oblong 8vo (15 x 22.5 cm); 39 + (1)pp. text ornamentation lithographed in red with 51 albumen photo portraits.

    Original pebbled cloth ,mildy spotted, with title and musical device gilt stamped on upper cover; a.e.g.; scattered light foxing to text; photos fine; a very good copy.
    Book ID: 16307
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  • Learn your Lettuces
     AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS. by  SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS.

    N.P. (Bruyères -Le-Chatel) (Simon Louis Frères & Cie.) ca. 1930. Quite a stunning presentation album of seed packet label samples with all the plants shown printed in full color against a black background. These are displayed, usually 6 to a page, on tan card stock printed decoratively in light gray with the monogram of the firm and simple frame outlines for the placement of the illustrations. Both vegetables and flowers are shown; the colors are vibrant and the detail, particularly with the vegetables, is both informative and artistic. All designs are labeled. If you want to be able to recognize all your French lettuces, you have only to study these. Unusual and very uncommon. Oblong album (26.5 x 36 cm); with color printed seed packet label designs tipped in to each of 70 unnumbered pages, usually 6 to a page, fewer on about 4 pages; in all, there are approximately 400 color printed labels, each measuring 9 x 5 cm.

    Original stiff paper covers, upper cover printed in brown and gold with the firm's title, location and monogram; stabbed and tied with original cord; rear cover soiled, corners dog-earred and edges a bit nicked; adhesion blemishes on 4 or 5 samples, else fine.
    Book ID: 16451
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  • (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)" Abbey Scenery 416. 8vo (20 x 12.2cm); 161 + (1) pp. + 12 unnumbered pp. of subscribers' list + 4 aquatint engraved plates including frontispiece.

    Original paper over boards, soiled, with newer paper spine sympathetically aged, remnant of original spine label relaid. Original endpapers; some discoloration from aquatints on opposite text sections.
    Book ID: 16548
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  • (Apiculture - Paris Exposition of 1867) VIGNON, M. (Louis)
    APICULTURE. M. Vignon A Saint-Denis, Près Péronne/ Exposition Universelle De France (1867)

    Péronne: 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.
    Book ID: 15795
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  • ARBRES FRUITIERS, ARBRES D'ORNEMENT, ARBUSTES ET ROSIERS by (Trade Catalogue - Seed & Nursery) (Durand)
    (Trade Catalogue - Seed & Nursery) (Durand)
    ARBRES FRUITIERS, ARBRES D'ORNEMENT, ARBUSTES ET ROSIERS Cultivées Chez Durand, Horticulteur, Dessinateur et Entrepreneur de Parcs et Jardins... Catalogue Descriptif Précédé D'Instructions Sur La Plantation, La Taille, Le Pincement, Le Tracé Et L'Exécution Des Parcs Et Jardins.

    Paris: Victor Masson et Fils, n.d. (ca 1869). Extensive nursery catalogue for this prominent firm, formerly Jamin et Durand, located in Bourg-la-Reine near Paris. Fruit trees make up the largest selection, but there are also 17 pages of roses and 44 pages with priced listings for other ornamental trees and shrubs. In addition to catalogue listings there is a substantial general text covering propagation, pruning and espalier training followed by a 10-page chapter on the layout of parks and gardens. 8vo (23.6 x 15 cm); (4) + 265 pp. with occasional text illustrations.

    Original paper wraps, soiled and worn; small corner of rear wrapper torn away; occassional pencil margin notes.
    Book ID: 15323
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  • Early 18th Century French Millinery Broadside
    (Broadside -MILLINERY) (SARAGOSSE)
    AU BONNET ROYAL, Sous les Charniers des Saints-Innocens.

    Paris (Au Bonnet Royal) 1718. "Saragosse" identified himself as a "Marchand Mercier" situated under the Charniers des Saint-Innocens in the middle of the Galerie. As the solid block of printed text tells us, he made and sold all types of "bonnets" including: those of velvets, satin, gold and silver; embroidery; headress for balls, including those made with feathers, tufts, ribbons; bonnets for priests, lawyers and choristers . Not to mention: English pins; silk tassels; silk sashes or belts; paper skull-caps, and much more. The "Saragosse" was located in the vicinity of the charnel houses built against the cemetery wall of the old Cimetière des Innocents (demolished in 1780) a popular site for boutiques and merchants. Today the spot is near Les Halles and the Place Joachim-du Bellay. Rare; we find no example listed in any online catalogues. Single sheet of laid paper (24 x 18.3 cm).

    Original letterpress on laid paper with a few ink marks in margins and on the back; chip measuring 3.10 x 1.5 cm in top margin not affecting border or text.
    Book ID: 16427
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  • AU COEUR DU BOURG SAINT GERMAIN

    Paris: Segirapp (ca 1968). Promotional brochure for a luxury apartment project in the heart of the 6th arrondissement in Paris. Named "Le Visconti", the 4-story building was located at 23 rue Visconti and was being completely rebuilt to include 20 apartments ranging from studios to 6 rooms. The architect is identified as Guy Melicourt. The age of the original building is not indicated, although reference is made to the restoration of an oak staircase dating from the early 17th century. A small formal garden is situated at the rear. Original heavy paper wrappers with mounted colour illustration. String-tied 4to (33 x 26 cm); 4 pages text + 7 illustrations printed in black and brown, 6 of which are on two fold-out sheets.

    Covers very slightly soiled.
    Book ID: 16439
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  • (Omega Watch & Fashion promotion) D'AUTILS, Florence.
    AUTANT EN EMPORTE LE TEMPS Textes inédits de Florence d'Autils / Compositions Originals de A. Barlier.

    (Chaumont: Foucher 1948. A lovely and unusual color-printed promotional brochure combining the beauties of Omega watches and dress designs by Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath, Lucien Lelong and Robert Piguet. The theme of the text accompanying the illustrations is that "une femme séduisante" is not created by her dress, alone, but by her combination of accessories (in this case, notably, watches) and dresses. Beautiful gowns and watches are therefore displayed together in 8 dramatically colored plates, where the watches are shown over scaled relative to the models in gowns and arranged rather emblematically in the compositions, some of which have a nearly surrealist background. One full-page color illustration displays three more sporty watches by themselves without dressed models. There are quotations from poets and additional small color printed illustrations of specific watch models. On the verso of the title page appears a note that this is ex. no. 296 and is distributed with the compliments of Foucher, maitre-horloger in Chaumont. Another copy at the Bibliothèque Nationale is catalogued with an imprint of Brandt, Paris, so we imagine that Omega distributed copies to various watch sellers for them to offer to their clients. A lovely item full of post war color. "A woman without watch, a ship without a compass" Staple bound, 24 x 18 cm., 21 + (iii) pp. with 9 pages printed in colors and with partial color on most other pages.

    Original heavy card stock covers, embossed, with full color pictorial inset on upper cover; decorative ribbon at gutters and spine; some very light browning lines on covers, else fine.
    Book ID: 16064
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  • (FORESTIER, Jean Claude Nicolas)
    BAGATELLE ET SES JARDINS.

    Paris: Librarie Horticole 1910. First edition. Forestier was in charge of the restoration of the gardens at Bagatelle located in the Bois de Boulogne. The text presents a history of the Chateau and its gardens from the 18th century up to their purchase by the city of Paris in 1905, and concludes with a 12 page chapter entitled "Quelques Idées Sur Les Jardins Modernes." 8vo (21 x 15 cm); 96 pp. (including 6 pp. ads) with occasional text illustrations (+ 22 additional pp. of ads at front and back) + 16 half-tone plates from early engravings, paintings and photographs.

    Original paper wraps.
    Book ID: 15782
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