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  • (Pratolino)
    ETCHING. "View Of The Grotto Of Pan And Fame." by DELLA BELLA, Stephano.
    DELLA BELLA, Stephano.
    ETCHING. "View Of The Grotto Of Pan And Fame."

    The first state, before the number (of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA 1610-1664, no. 42-4. A richly evocative etching of Pan and Fame's grotto in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes of Pratolino are surely the apogee... Buontalenti emerges as the foremost inventor…

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    The first state, before the number (of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA 1610-1664, no. 42-4. A richly evocative etching of Pan and Fame's grotto in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes of Pratolino are surely the apogee... Buontalenti emerges as the foremost inventor of grottoes in Italy." (Miller HEAVENLY CAVES, pp. 47, 49)

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    Excellet condition, freshly mounted and matted, overall dimensions 45 x 53.

    Book ID: 14582
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  • (Versailles)
    RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES. by THOMASSIN, Simon.
    THOMASSIN, Simon.
    RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES. Tels Qu'ils Se Voyent A Present Dans Le Chateau & Parc. Gravé D'Après Les Originaux.

    Thomassin was sent by Colbert to study in Rome for four years before returning to France in 1680 and becoming court engraver to Louis XIV. Among his first projects after his return was to draw and publish illustrations of all the sculpture, ancient and modern, used to decorate the palace and gardens at Versailles. The first edition of this work appeared in Paris in 1694. It was quickly reissued, in the edition offered here, by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. This Dutch edition includes the same text and plates, but adds a folding engraved plan of the gardens of Versailles and a translation of the text into Latin, Italian and Dutch. The plates depict not only the statuary, but also the…

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    Thomassin was sent by Colbert to study in Rome for four years before returning to France in 1680 and becoming court engraver to Louis XIV. Among his first projects after his return was to draw and publish illustrations of all the sculpture, ancient and modern, used to decorate the palace and gardens at Versailles. The first edition of this work appeared in Paris in 1694. It was quickly reissued, in the edition offered here, by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. This Dutch edition includes the same text and plates, but adds a folding engraved plan of the gardens of Versailles and a translation of the text into Latin, Italian and Dutch. The plates depict not only the statuary, but also the fountains, hermae and vases distributed throughout the gardens. A rare second Paris edition with 26 additional plates was published in the same year as the first, but that edition also appeared without the garden plan. Ganay 37; Berlin Cat 4212.

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    Contemporary full calf, rubbed; minor worming in rear joint and back board, not affecting text, but generally a well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 14398
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  • HARDOUIN-FUGIER, Elisabeth and Etienne GRAFE.
    THE LYON SCHOOL OF FLOWER PAINTING.

    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.

    Original cloth in lightly frayed dust jacket.

    Book ID: 14373
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  • (Menars)
    FRANÇAIS, Anne.
    UN BEAU JOUR A MENARS.

    One of 150 copies on Velin de Rives, “Imprimé spécialement pour/ MONSIEUR ANDRE MALRAUX/Ministere D’État / Chargé Des Affaires Culturelles” signed and inscribed by the author, “Hommage de l’auteur”. Menars, located on the Loire, began in the 17th century as a classical French garden and chateau. For a brief period (1760-1764), it served as the residence residence of Madame de Pompadour, who added her personal touch to the chateau with the help of architect, Jacques-Ange Gabriel. Following her death, her brother, the marquis de Marigny, engaged Jacques-Gabriel Soufflot to further develop the site. The exuberant drawings of Anne Français fill this colorful book with impressions of visits to Menars in winter and in spring. While leading the reader through the…

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    One of 150 copies on Velin de Rives, “Imprimé spécialement pour/ MONSIEUR ANDRE MALRAUX/Ministere D’État / Chargé Des Affaires Culturelles” signed and inscribed by the author, “Hommage de l’auteur”. Menars, located on the Loire, began in the 17th century as a classical French garden and chateau. For a brief period (1760-1764), it served as the residence residence of Madame de Pompadour, who added her personal touch to the chateau with the help of architect, Jacques-Ange Gabriel. Following her death, her brother, the marquis de Marigny, engaged Jacques-Gabriel Soufflot to further develop the site. The exuberant drawings of Anne Français fill this colorful book with impressions of visits to Menars in winter and in spring. While leading the reader through the interior and exterior spaces, she often succeeds in demonstrating their interrelationship. Accompanying text offers an overview of the history of Menars. A very charming book, printed by Mourlot and entirely designed by Français, known venting the concept of “ionnisme” in painting. With drawings, watercolors, text and mise en page executed entirely by the author/artist and produced in black and white and color lithograph at Mourlot, Paris. Copy printed for Andre Malraux

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    Original color printed illustrated wrappers; original stiff paper covers with upper cover printed in black with coat of arms and title; extremely light shelf-wear, but a near fine copy.

    Book ID: 16546
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  • (Tuileries)
    VUES DES TUILERIES (cover title). by TROLL (Johann Heinrich).
    TROLL (Johann Heinrich).
    VUES DES TUILERIES (cover title).

    A rare suite of eight aquatint views of the gardens of the Tuileries by Swiss artist, Johann Heinrich Troll created at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The scenes in the park with their elegant women in Empire dress and the focus classical style statuary and ornament underscores the interest of Napoleon’s Parisian society in an adopted imperial Roman flair. The plates are as follows: Vue du Grand Bassin prise derrière la Statue de L'Automne; Bosquet des Lutteurs ; Méléagre, Allée des Orangers; Bosquet du Centaure Chiron; Palais des Tuileries a l'Entrée de l'Allée des Orangers; Apollon et Daphné; Vue prise près du grand Bassin; Escalier du Milieu de la Terrasse du cote de la Rivière. In addition to structures,…

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    A rare suite of eight aquatint views of the gardens of the Tuileries by Swiss artist, Johann Heinrich Troll created at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The scenes in the park with their elegant women in Empire dress and the focus classical style statuary and ornament underscores the interest of Napoleon’s Parisian society in an adopted imperial Roman flair. The plates are as follows: Vue du Grand Bassin prise derrière la Statue de L'Automne; Bosquet des Lutteurs ; Méléagre, Allée des Orangers; Bosquet du Centaure Chiron; Palais des Tuileries a l'Entrée de l'Allée des Orangers; Apollon et Daphné; Vue prise près du grand Bassin; Escalier du Milieu de la Terrasse du cote de la Rivière. In addition to structures, large, elongated trees, and garden ornaments, including sculpture, there are people, including children, carefully posed and, just occasionally, little animals, enlivening each scene. Two copies in CCFR are described as "8 estampes aquatint" and the BNF notes that the publication date is arrived at from the dates when the illustrated statues were known to have been present in the gardens. Rare as a complete set; OCLC records only one copy in the US (Dumbarton Oaks). With the bookplates of collector Serge Le Tellier and of Félicie Meunié d’Hostel.

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    Later binding of half-cloth, marbled paper over boards with gilt tooled leather title piece on upper covers, title printed in black on spine; marbled endpapers with two ex-libris; plate 2 is trimmed 1 cm shorter than the other plates, but still displays its title, while its plate number is pencilled rather than printed; this plate also has the faintest water stain on lower margin, not affecting image; plate 5 is also numbered in pencil; the paper of several plates is darkened or soiled, but this has not affected the clarity of the impressions. Very good.

    Book ID: 15853
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  • (Gardens in Art)
    WINDOW PLANTS. by NASH, John.
    NASH, John.
    WINDOW PLANTS.

    First Series, No. 4, of the very special post WWII print production enterprise, The School Prints, Ltd., that sought to bring original art work in the form of mostly auto-lithographic posters or prints featuring the work of contemporary artists into the classrooms of young students in Great Britain. The artist here, John Nash, perhaps better known for his work in wood-engraving, was “ a countryman and passionate gardener...keenly observant of nature, particularly plants.” (Selborne, Joanna. BRITISH WOOD-ENGRAVED BOOK ILLUSTRATION 1904 -1940. p.303). He turned to lithography late in his career just in time to take part in the first series of this education- through- art project undertaken by Brenda Rawnsley and her advisers, including art education promoter Herbert Read (…

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    First Series, No. 4, of the very special post WWII print production enterprise, The School Prints, Ltd., that sought to bring original art work in the form of mostly auto-lithographic posters or prints featuring the work of contemporary artists into the classrooms of young students in Great Britain. The artist here, John Nash, perhaps better known for his work in wood-engraving, was “ a countryman and passionate gardener...keenly observant of nature, particularly plants.” (Selborne, Joanna. BRITISH WOOD-ENGRAVED BOOK ILLUSTRATION 1904 -1940. p.303). He turned to lithography late in his career just in time to take part in the first series of this education- through- art project undertaken by Brenda Rawnsley and her advisers, including art education promoter Herbert Read ( see ARTMONSKY, Ruth. THE SCHOOL PRINTS A Romantic Project). The series was printed at the Baynard Press. In addition to his fine talent for botanical illustration, Nash possessed a great sense of humor about people. In this print, so appropriate for children, Nash portrays a comical but sweet lady dozing peacefully with her cat and her caged canary by her window sill full of potted geraniums Christmas cacti, amarylis, etc. In her own private garden, in fact. Red is the dominant color and all the other colors ( only 6 were permitted) are rich. The School Prints usually had decorative borders making it easier for schools to avoid the cost of framing. Here the artist’s border is full with red and blue flowers, beautifully complementing the whole design. To Each His Own Garden

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    In fine condition; signed by Nash in the plate.

    Book ID: 16479
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