EL JARDINERO ILUSTRADO. Contiene La Descripcion, Cultivo Y Multiplicacion De Las Principales Plantas Útiles Y De Adorno Y Su Mejor Empleo En Los Parques, Jardines Y Paseos Públicos - La Creacion De Parques, Jardines, Bosques Artificiales, Etc.
Buenos Aires: Imp. del Departmento Nacional de Agricultura. 1886. First edition of what is regarded as the first original Argentinian work on landscape design. Fernando Maudit was a French gardener who settled in Argentina around 1870 and was involved in the design of several major parks there, including La Plata Parque in 1882 and the Parque Tres de Febrero beginning in 1874. Peluffo was a nurseryman in Buenos Aires. The book they collaborated on is a remarkably comprehensive manual and reference work on all aspects of horticulture and garden design. The largest section, over half the volume, is devoted to ornamental plants. The penultimate chapter, with 50 pages, is devoted to the various aspects of the design of parks and gardens, while the final chapter on "Bosques Artificiales" focuses on a subject of particular relevance to the climate and natural conditions of Argentina. A scarce work outside of Argentina. OCLC locates only 4 copies (Harvard, Mass. Horticultural Society, the Staats & Universitatsbibliothek in Hamburg, and UC Berkeley). 8vo (20.4 x 13.5 cm); viii + 1104 pp. with numerous wood-engraved text illustrations + 2 folding plans (+ 8 pp. catalogue).
Contemporary cloth soiled with shelf wear; three rubber stamps on endpapers and bookseller's rubber stamp at bottom of title page; poor quality paper, often browned; small margin tears.
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