PROMENADE SENTIMENTALE ET SCIENTIFIQUE AU JARDIN D'HIVER D'UN PAPILLON VOYAGEUR Ayant Pour Interprête M. Edmond De Sérigny. Notice Instructive et Amusante Sur Les Principales Plantes Exotiques Qui Croissent Au Jardin d’Hiver; Leur Mode de Culture et de Multiplication; Leurs Moeurs, Leurs Usages; etc. Précédée d’un Abrégé de Botanique et Illustrée par Bertall, Belaife et Bruno. Gravure de Leblanc.
First edition and a unique, extra-illustrated copy of this fanciful approach to the plants of the conservatory. At about this time, in England and on the continent, winter houses or conservatories were becoming popular additions to modest households, not just to grand estates as in the past. Here, Edmond de Sérigny makes the topic appealing by acting as an “interpreter” for a butterfly who enters such a conservatory just when he thinks he has seen the last of the seasonal flowers. The butterfly’s promenades are preceded by an introduction to botany taken almost entirely from Audouit’s L’Herbier des Demoiselles. Next begins the butterfly’s raptures over his discovery of the greenhouse/ conservatory. He wonders if he is suddenly in Brazil. Short chapters are devoted to 19 individual plants such as azaleas and primroses. Poetry, horticultural and botanical information and some lore is included. The regular text is illustrated from engravings by Bertall, Belaife et Bruno. The extra plates, many hand-coloured, of butterflies, flowers, and fruits, are in differing sizes and, obviously, from different sources. Unusual and charming. CCfr locates 2 copies (without the extra-illustration) of which one is a second edition of 1849. OCLC finds an additional copy in the Netherlands. Extra Illustrated
Contemporary full calf with triple gilt filets on covers; spine with raised bands and decoratively gilt panels; marbled endpapers; some light wear at spine edges and extremities, but binding tight; binding signed “ A. Closs”; tissue guards on the added coloured plates; occasional light foxing to text.
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