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