LE PARC DE BRUXELLES. Poème Descriptif et Satirique En Quatre Chants,
Bruxelles: 1849. First and apparently only edition. With an engraved frontispiece of a view taken from within the park looking towards the Palais de la Nation designed by Gilles-Barnabé Guimard who, together with Joachim Zinner, provided the overall plans for the park and Place Royal in the 18th century. The four “chants” of the poem evoke events and people in the region’s history through encounters with the park’s sculptures of classical and historical figures, its structures, etc. Of particular interest for Schoonen’s 28 pages of notes which provide detailed descriptions of the park, its plantings, layout, views and associated history. Scarce. In OCLC we locate only one copy at Utrecht and one at Vlaamse Erfgredbibliotheek. 8vo (17.2 x 12.5 cm); engraved frontispiece +92 pp with 2 tailpieces + 1 engraved plate.
Marbled paper over boards with gilt lettered red leather spine label,minor shelfwear; small old tape marks on end papers, faint offsetting of engraved frontispiece onto titlepage; presentation inscription from the author on half-title. A very good copy.
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