ÉTAT DES MES PLANTATIONS TANT EN ARBRES FORESTIERS QU'EN ARBRES…

ÉTAT DES MES PLANTATIONS TANT EN ARBRES FORESTIERS QU'EN ARBRES FRUITIERS POUR L'ENTRETIEN, DÉCORATION, ET AMÉLIORATION DE LA TERRE DE MAUNY... by (Arboriculture Manuscript, Eighteenth Century France) (ESTAMPES, marquis d')
18th Century French Planting Manuscript

ÉTAT DES MES PLANTATIONS TANT EN ARBRES FORESTIERS QU'EN ARBRES FRUITIERS POUR L'ENTRETIEN, DÉCORATION, ET AMÉLIORATION DE LA TERRE DE MAUNY...

n. p. (Mauny) ca.1750-1779. This is an 18th century hand-written record of fruit and forest tree planting and replacement at the pepinière of the estate of Mauny, property of the Marquis d'Estampes in Haute-Normandie, La Seine-Maritime. Mauny has a long history stretching back to a barony of the Middle Ages. Along with its associated sites, the property was held by a branch of the d' Estampes family for part of that history at least until the early 19th century. At the time of the writing of this record it seems that Louis Omer (Dominique?), le Marquis d'Estampes (1734-1815) was the Marquis de Maunay. We can assume from the introductory passage that some of the manuscript is in his hand, but there are also portions written in a different hand, possibly that of a superintendent. Although the manuscript consists primarily of lists of trees and some flowers planted at various dates, there are roughly eight pages of introductory text in which the writer stresses both the decorative and economic importance of maintaining carefully chosen plantings throughout his estate. For the most part, the notes describe what forest trees and fruit trees have been planted where, when and why, as well as what has been replaced. One note indicates that the well known botanist (Jean Baptiste Christian) Fusée-Aublet sent at least 4 plants to the estate , including a variety of sumac. For the year 1773 there is an alphabetically arranged list or repértoire of different trees, shrubs, plants and flowers grown in the garden of the marquis. Names of people who sent plants or trees are frequently mentioned. Finally, there is a list of expenses for the plantations from 1766 to 1767. It is an irregularly kept but richly detailed manuscript diary for an extensive and ancient estate that is no more. Manuscript, in ink, ruled in pencil (22.8 x 17.8 cm); (ii) +110 pp., of which 41 have been used. 47 pages at the beginning are numbered in pen. These contain 25 pp.of penned notations of varying length; 63 unnumbered pages follow, with notations of varying lengths on only 16 of these pages.

Contemporary green vellum with original cloth ties, vellum separating from boards at edges with ribbon trim fraying; "Plantations" written in ink on upper cover; minor old stains to cover; portion of 18th century stationer's label on front pastedown; 2 -3 cm. hole in rear blank and very small chip at margin edge of another blank.
Book ID: 16600
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