TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES RENONCULES, DES OEILLETS, DES AURICULES, ET DES TULIPES.
Paris: Chez Savoye 1754. First edition. This interesting early manual on the cultivation of ranunculi, pinks, auriculas and tulips is often erroneously attributed to the French Jesuit and authoritative fleuriste Jean Paul de Rome d'Ardène. That Ardène could not have been the author is clear from the comments he published in his own TRAITÉ DES TULIPES, first published six years later, where he attacks the contents of this work as plagiarisms "volés sans ménagement & sans honte." J.C.F Hoefer (NOUVELLE BIOGRAPHIE GÉNÉRALE) attributes the work to Jean Pierre Moèt (1721-1806), who published and translated works on a variety subjects, although this appears to be his only horticultural work. Like many similar works published in France during the 18th century, it is mostly a compilation taken from the works of other writers, including, of course, Ardène. The latter's own TRAITÉ DES RENONCULES was published in 1746 and Moèt clearly "borrowed" from it heavily, thus provoking Ardène's attack. (Ardène, naturally, was himself sometimes also a borrower, but he usually acknowledged his sources and, in any case, wrote from a foundation of significant practical experience). However lacking in originality, this practical treatise appears to have sold well and been a popular success. Hunt 550 (attributed to Ardène). 12mo (16.2 x 9.6 cm); (ii)-xxxviii + 413 (ie 447) + 2 ff.
Contemporary mottled calf, worn; rear board stained and very worn at lower edge and corner; light dampstain affecting approximately the last 50 pages, primarily in inner margin.
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