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  • MARIE, Alfred.
    JARDINS FRANÇAIS CRÉES A LA RENAISSANCE.

    Paris: Éditions Vincent Fréal & Cie. 1955. First edition. A useful compilation of illustrations from early engravings, plans, drawings and contemporary photographs of important French gardens from the 15th through the early 17th centuries. Multiple views of Blois, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Fontainebleau, Anet, Vallery, Monceaux-Les-Meaux, Rosny, Saint-Germain-En-Laye and Richelieu are included accompanied by a short descriptive text. 4to (27.2 x 22 cm); 47 + (ii) pp. + 239 black and white plates from drawings, engravings, plans, photographs, etc.

    Original printed paper covers; in glassine; fine.

    Book ID: 14904
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  • JARDINS IMAGINAIRES. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    JARDINS IMAGINAIRES.

    (Paris): Les Presses de la Connaissance 1977. 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; as new

    Book ID: 16384
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  • LICHACEV, Dmitrij Sergeevic.
    LA POESIA DEI GIARDINI. Per Una Semantica Degli Stili Dei Giardini E Dei Parchi. Il Giardino Come Testo.

    (Turni:) Giulio Einaudi (1996). Italian translation of the second edition, first published in Russian under the title: POEZIIA SADOV: SEMANTIKE SADOVO-PARKOVYKH STILEI: SAD KAK TEKST. 8vo (20.7 x 15 cm); iii-xxxii + 343 pp. 16 color plates and 32 half-tone plates.

    Orignal cloth in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 14738
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  • LA THEORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. by (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.)
    (DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J.)
    LA THEORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. Ou L'On Traite A Fond Des Beaux Jardins appellés communément Les Jardins De Propreté, Comme sont Les Parterres, Les Bosquets, Les Boulingrins, &c...

    The Hague: Chez Pierre Husson 1711. First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111.) This edition,…

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    The Hague: Chez Pierre Husson 1711. First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111.) This edition, published in Holland, is the first of many pirated editions to appear outside of France. It carefully follows the original Paris edition, even in its pagination, and the plates are nicely engraved by J. Lamsvelt with strong dark impressions. 4to (25.8 x 20 cm); (xii) + 208 pp. with numerous engraved text illustrations and ornaments + 32 folding plates (chiefly garden plans).

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    Recent quarter vellum with red leather spine label and gilt lettering; marginal foxing of a few plates, but generally a clean and attractive copy.

    Book ID: 15660
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  • 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),…

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    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.

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    Contemporary quarter sheep with marbled boards, lightly scuffed; occasional browning and foxing of text.

    Book ID: 13909
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  • "C'est que Chantilly réunit tous les agréments."
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY. by (Chantilly) Ganay, Ernest de.
    (Chantilly) Ganay, Ernest de.
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY.

    Paris: Librairie Jean Naert, 1925. First edition; No. 1 of 6 copies printed on Japan paper at the press of Jacques et Demontrond in Besançon. With a signed ink presentation inscription to le comte (René Philipon ) on the free endpaper and a posted note from de Ganay to Philipon laid in. An essay in praise of the beauties of garden, landscape and architecture at Chantilly and the interventions there of great designers, gardeners and architects by France's distinquished bibliographer of French garden literature. Ganay 1925/9 "Bibliographie Des Travaux D'Ernest De Ganay" in Mosser & Sartre, BIBLIOTHèQUE ET JARDIN. ERNEST De GANAY. In OCLC we locate only the British Library copy. 8vo (23 x 14.6 cm) 32 + (iv) pp. with printer's ornaments.

    Original paper wrappers with upper cover title, border and design printed in red; in contemporary glassine. Fine.

    Book ID: 16464
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  • "garden projects..as utopian texts"
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR.

    n.p.: Bernard Lassus, 1975. One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were,…

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    n.p.: Bernard Lassus, 1975. One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of the design, and the charming line drawings that he provides are the exact graphic correlate to this state of potentiality." ("Arcadia as utopia in contemporary landscape design: the work of Bernard Lassus", HISTORY OF HUMAN SCIENCES Vol. 16 No. 1 p. 117). Accompanying the Lassus text is an essay on the garden by Michel Conan. Folio (55 x 36 cm); loose, as issued, in heavy paper folder; 16 unnumbered pages printed on papier d'Arches with 4 text illustrations + 3 plates from drawings (impressions measuring 21 x 28.5; 29 x 20; and 20.5 x 22.5 cm., respectively), 2 illustrating the garden and 1 showing its site.

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    In leather-backed custom portfolio; just about a fine copy with only the faintest hint of occasional foxing commencing.

    Book ID: 16433
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  • LES JARDINS. by DELILLE, (Jacques).
    DELILLE, (Jacques).
    LES JARDINS. Ou L'Art D' Embellir Les Paysages. Poeme.

    Paris: Chapsal 1844. This enormously successful didactic poem, first published in 1782, presented an early and influential call for the rejection of the symmetry and regularity of the formal French style of gardening in favor of the irregular and "natural" jardin anglais. It went through many editions, but this one is of particular interest because, in addition to other significant additions, it appears to be the only edition to have included illustrations of actual gardens. These sixteen highly finished steel-engraved plates, drawn by Thénot and engraved by Aubert, along with sixteen engraved text illustrations, depict examples of French gardens from the late 18th and early 19th century which serve as examples of Delille's ideas. They include the Chateau de Villiers,…

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    Paris: Chapsal 1844. This enormously successful didactic poem, first published in 1782, presented an early and influential call for the rejection of the symmetry and regularity of the formal French style of gardening in favor of the irregular and "natural" jardin anglais. It went through many editions, but this one is of particular interest because, in addition to other significant additions, it appears to be the only edition to have included illustrations of actual gardens. These sixteen highly finished steel-engraved plates, drawn by Thénot and engraved by Aubert, along with sixteen engraved text illustrations, depict examples of French gardens from the late 18th and early 19th century which serve as examples of Delille's ideas. They include the Chateau de Villiers, the Chateau de Neuilly, Parc Monceau, Ermenonville and several other more obscure gardens of the same era. All of these gardens are described in an anonymous appendix entitled "Observations Sur Quelques Artifices Particuliers Employés Dans La Composition Des Jardins," which also offers an appreciation of Delille and instructive thoughts on garden design. The main text generally follows that of the revised 1801 edition of LES JARDINS, which included a significantly expanded preface in which, among other things, Delille responds to several of the critics his work had attracted. In addition to the usual end notes, this edition also provides variant readings from the original 1782 edition and useful notes contributed by the anonymous editor. Ganay 527. 8vo (25.2 x 17.2 cm); (ii) + xxxi + 314 pp. with 18 wood-engraved text illustrations and vignettes + engraved title and 14 steel engraved plates.

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    Contemporary quarter leather with moiré paper-covered boards; spine ends worn; backstrip torn; some foxing and browning of text.

    Book ID: 14599
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  • LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, by (BETZ) CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    (BETZ) CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, Accompagné de Notes instructives sur les travaux champêtres, sur les arts, les lois, les révolutions, la noblesse, le clergé, etc.; Fait En 1785 Par M. Cérutti, Et Publié en 1792 Par M. ****,

    Paris: chez Desenne, Janvier 1792. The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication,…

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    Paris: chez Desenne, Janvier 1792. The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication, the poem was eventually published shortly before the author's death together with the extensive footnotes on the gardens which more than double the text. The present copy is marked as "Seconde Édition," although its imprint gives a date of January 1792, the same date as the first. Ganay 538. 8vo (19.4 x 12.5 cm); 72 pp. including three pages listing Cerutti's other publications.

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    Recently bound in marbled paper over boards with gilt leather titling piece on spine; recent endpapers; rubber stamp at bottom of final page of ads; some browning to text.

    Book ID: 16033
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  • STEIN, Henri.
    LES JARDINS DE FRANCE Des Origines A La Fin Du XVIIIe Siecle.

    Paris: D.-A Longuet, (ca. 1913). This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes,…

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    Paris: D.-A Longuet, (ca. 1913). This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and with a bibliography of works on garden art in France. Ganay 388 Folio (39.5 x 29.5 cm); 24 pp. text + 104 plates of 393 photographic reproductions of engravings, documents and a few photographs.

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    Loose in publisher's original cloth portfolio with title printed in green on upper cover and spine, printed medallion illustration on upper cover; original portfolio ties,the very faintest foxing to edges only, otherwise very fine.

    Book ID: 15947
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  • (Parks - Paris) HENARD, Robert.
    LES JARDINS ET LES SQUARES.

    Paris: Librairie Renouard 1911. First edition. An illustrated historical survey of all the parks, public gardens and open spaces in Paris. Chapters are arranged by arrondissement, with additional chapters on the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. An appendix provides a listing of the city's public statues, fountains and decorative monuments along with their respective artists. 4to (25.4 x 18.5 cm); 276 pp. + 64 plates from black and white photographs.

    Contemporary half morocco with marbled boards, gilt lettering and art nouveau gilt design on spine; leather scuffed corners slightly worn; marbled endpapers; some light browning or yellowing to margins, but still a very good clean copy.

    Book ID: 15864
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  • LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS by LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS

    Paris: Bernard Lassus and Colas, S.A. 2010. With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations.…

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    Paris: Bernard Lassus and Colas, S.A. 2010. With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare Bordaz, Fabien Calcavechia, Michel Conan, Andrea Koenecke, Frank Schalaster and Ferriolo Massimo Venturi. Oblong spiral bound volume, 23.2 x 27 cm.; 128 pp. profusely illusted and printed in color and in black and white. Bound in color printed plastic covers.

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    Fine.

    Book ID: 16029
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  • VERA, André.
    L'HOMME ET LE JARDIN.

    Paris: Librarie Plon (1950). First edition. Vera was a central figure in the development of modernist garden design in France. The present work is a history of gardens - particularly French gardens - from the Middle Ages to the present, with a particular interest in the moral and intellectual background for the gardens of each period. Concluding chapters express Vera's idealistic vision of gardens in post-war France. 8vo (16.9 x 12 cm); 253 pp.

    Original wraps; paper browning (as usual), tiny hole in front wrapper.

    Book ID: 15570
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  • (Liancourt) COURVILLE, Xavier de.
    LIANCOURT. Sa Dame Et Ses Jardins.

    Paris: Librairie Bloud 1925. Signed presentation inscription on half-title. 8vo (18.7 x 12 cm); 205 pp.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15572
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  • MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, by BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, Ou Traité De Toutes Les Plantes Qui Peuvent Servir D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Les Orangeries, Les Serres Chaudes, Et Principalement Dans Les Parterres; Auquel On A Joint, En Forme De Supplément, une Notice Sur Celles Qui Se Cultivent Dans Les Grandes Indes, Pour La Beauté, Tant De Leurs Feuillages, Que De Leurs Fleurs; Une Dissertation Sur Les Plantes Des Environs De Paris, Qui Peuvent Servir Pareillement D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Et Une Autre Sur Les Plantes, Arbustes Et Arbrisseaux Propres A Faire Les Haies Et Clôtures Des Jardins Et Autres Enclos Champêtres.

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1800. First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants;…

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    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1800. First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself to hardy plants native to the region around Paris. A final chapter is devoted specifically to plants useful in the creation of hedges and enclosures. 8vo (19.8 x 12 cm); 16 + 288 pp.

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    Contemporary full mottled sheep, scuffed and worn; lower corner of rear cover heavily worn into pasteboard; some foxing.

    Book ID: 14328
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  • PARCS ET JARDINS. by DE CÉRIS, A.
    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.…

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    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.

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    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.

    Book ID: 15951
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  • (Vichy) FOURNIER Jeune, M.
    RAPPORT SUR LES PARCS ET JARDINS DE VICHY.

    Orleans: Imprimerie Georges Michau 1892. A short descriptive account of the gardens of Vichy, France, written by the librarian of the horticultural society of Orleans after his recent visit there. Pamphlet, 8vo (24 x 15.5 cm); 8 pp.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15709
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  • RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES. by (Versailles) THOMASSIN, Simon.
    (Versailles) 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.

    Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier 1695. 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…

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    Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier 1695. 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. Small 4to (19.1 x 13.8 cm); 59 + (1) + (1) + (1) pp. + engraved title, 228 engraved plates, and a folding plan (49.5 x 32.5 cm).

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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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  • REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN. by (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN.

    Bar Harbor, Maine: Max Farrand Memorial Fund, 1946 - 1959 (1963). First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together…

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    Bar Harbor, Maine: Max Farrand Memorial Fund, 1946 - 1959 (1963). First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own memorial) and issued in 1963 as a tribute. 8vo (22.6 x 15 cm); 116 pp. (unpaginated) with numerous text illustrations from photographs and with plans.

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    Original cloth backed, paper covered boards in original glassine wrapper.

    Book ID: 16379
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  • SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK, FOR THE YEAR ENDING WITH DECEMBER 31, 1863. by (Parks - New York, Central Park) BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK.
    (Parks - New York, Central Park) BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK.
    SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CENTRAL PARK, FOR THE YEAR ENDING WITH DECEMBER 31, 1863.

    New York: Wm. C. Bryant 1864. This seventh annual report of the Central Park Commissioners is a part of an ensemble of reports, all issued separately over the years, which constitute the one essential documentary resource for the study of America's first and most important major urban park. As reported here, in April, 1863, the Commissioners finally gained the right through the courts to acquire land between 106th and 110th streets between Fifth and Eighth avenues for extension of the park. The Board reaffirms its aim to preserve the site's natural ruggedness and views of distant landscapes. Additional work which occupied the Board this year, in addition to extending drives and walks through newly acquired land, was constructing portions of…

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    New York: Wm. C. Bryant 1864. This seventh annual report of the Central Park Commissioners is a part of an ensemble of reports, all issued separately over the years, which constitute the one essential documentary resource for the study of America's first and most important major urban park. As reported here, in April, 1863, the Commissioners finally gained the right through the courts to acquire land between 106th and 110th streets between Fifth and Eighth avenues for extension of the park. The Board reaffirms its aim to preserve the site's natural ruggedness and views of distant landscapes. Additional work which occupied the Board this year, in addition to extending drives and walks through newly acquired land, was constructing portions of the enclosing wall, completing most of the unfinished surface of the ground below One Hundred and Second street and the stone-work of the terrace and masonry of the ravine's rustic bridge. A large colored fold-out map of Central Park shows progress of work up to January 1st, 1864. Other plates illustrate the archway under the foot-path for the bridle road south of the meadows, another archway east of the lake and another northwest of the Ramble. There are views of the casino or ladies refreshment saloon and the boat landing, north east of the lake. The whole concludes with a 33 page catalogue of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the park as of Dec. 31, 1863" with the months of Flowering and Fruiting of such as have conspicuous blossoms or fruits." 8vo (23.5 x 14.5 cm); (ii) + 123 + (i) pp. + large fold-out color map measuring 23 x 87 cm. + 5 tinted lithographed views + 3 untinted lithographs.

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    Older rebinding in cloth, gilt lettered spine, with original wrappers bound in along with blanks for notes at end; light shelf-wear, small chip at corner of front wrapper; torn map folds neatly repaired.

    Book ID: 16098
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