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A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING:
Being A New Method of Cultivating and Increasing all sorts of Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers. A Very Curious Work: Containing many Useful Secrets in Nature, for helping the Vegetation of Trees and Plants, and for fertilizing the most Stubborn Soils... Translated from The High-Dutch, with Remarks: and Adorned with Cuts. The whole Revised and Compared with the Original, together with a Preface, confirming this New Method, By RICHARD BRADLEY.
London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay 1721. First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to it his own preface as well as a translation of the preface from the French edition. The text is illustrated with copies of the plates from the original German edition. These plates depict examples of the regenerative process described by Agricola along with the grafting techniques, tools and structures employed in the various operations. In publishing Agricola's discoveries in England Bradley was doing what he seemed to do best: publicizing the latest horticultural advances and theories at a moment close to their inception. Hunt 452; Henrey 411 Royal 4to (27 x 22 cm); (xxiv) + 300 + (iv) pp. + 22 plates (some folding) with 34 engravings.Original full calf, blind-stamped on upper and lower covers, with raised bands and gilt ruling on spine; lettering to spine faded; outer hinges partially split and spine ends worn; two old small library stamps on edges of title page.Book ID: 14522More details Price: GBP £1,300.00
A Treatise On Orchard And Garden Fruits, Their Description, History, And Management.
London: Groombridge And Sons, n.d. (ca 1851). Maund was a pharmacist, botanist and bookseller who was most noted as the publisher of several botanical periodicals with colored plates, the most famous of which, THE BOTANIC GARDEN, began in 1825. The FRUITIST appeared as a sequel to that series, although the format of its illustrations differed from the earlier flower plates by presenting a single subject per page instead of four. These delicately hand-colored wood engravings depict a variety of fruits placed above their printed descriptions and framed within an elaborate printed border. Included are 34 apples, 24 pears, 6 plums, 3 gooseberries and 7 other fruits. In the present volume the fruits have been grouped by type, with varieties placed in alphabetical order, rather than in the random order in which they were originally received by subscribers. 4to (21 x 17.5 cm); (iv) + engraved title + 72 leaves each with a hand-colored wood engraving of a specimen of fruit.Three-quarter green calf with cloth boards and decoratively gilt spine; spine faded, but otherwise a well preserved copy of a lovely book.Book ID: 14741More details Price: GBP £975.00
HERRN ALEXANDER BLONDS NEUERÖFNETE GÄRTNER-AKADEMIE
Oder die Kunst Pracht- und Lust- Gärten samt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl anzulegen mit drei- und dreissig Kupfer-Taffeln versehen / und aus dem Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton Danreitter.
Augsburg: Johann Andreas Pfeffel 1753. Second German edition of Dezallier's LA THÉORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE. This edition is complete with the full complement of 39 plates, including frontispiece. The work was first published in French in 1709 and then reprinted and enlarged in several later editions. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden as established by LeNôtre and continued in print for nearly three-quarters of the eighteenth century. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111). The most prominent Germanic exponent of the French formal style was the Austrian F. A. Danreiter, who spent several years in France in the 1720s before returning to Salzburg, where he passed the remainder of his career serving as Garden Director of the major gardens there. Danreiter's translation of Dezallier, first published in 1731, was the single most important source for the spread of the French formal style across German-speaking Europe during the eighteenth century. While the title page of this edition calls for only 33 plates, the present copy includes a full set of 39 plates. The plate count varies among different copies of this work, even within the same edition, with many copies having either 33 or 35 plates. Copies with all 39 plates are uncommon. Berlin Cat 3464 (1731 ed); Springer pg. 37. 8vo (18 x 11.5 cm); folding title + (vii) + 368 + (2) pp. + 38 folding engraved plates + engraved frontispiece.Contemporary paper-covered boards, worn at extremities; spine worn, with some loss at head; text clean and tight; internally a well-preserved copy.Book ID: 15062More details Price: GBP £1,820.00
THÉORIE DES JARDINS,
Ou L'Art Des Jardins De La Nature.
Paris: Panckoucke 1802. The enlarged and partially revised second edition, which includes significant material supplementing the original version of 1776. The newly added preface (128 pages) provides, among other things, an extended commentary on writings on garden design published since the first edition. There are also 75 pages of end notes and a new 100 page section on trees, consisting primarily of a "Tableau Dendrologique" listing the various features of over 1000 varieties of trees. Morel's THEORIE, following shorter works by Girardin and Watelet, presented the most thorough treatise on the new theories of natural garden design which dominated French taste at the end of the 18th century. It was also the first treatise on garden design in the natural style (French or English) to have been written by a professional rather than an amateur. Morel's practical experience is evident throughout, which may help account for the high esteem in which the book was held by French landscape gardeners far into the nineteenth century. Drawing heavily on Whately's OBSERVATIONS ON MODERN GARDENING, Morel rejected the formal symmetry of classical French gardens in favor of the picturesque and "natural" style associated with the English. He did not, however, actually visit England and its gardens until after the publication of the first edition, and the comments he added to this edition are the first to reflect first-hand experience of the places Whately had described. All these additions make this the generally preferred edition for purposes of study. Ganay 98. Two volumes, 8vo (21 x 14 cm); (viii) + cxxviii + 234 + (1, errata), (iv) + 340 + (2, errata) pp. + engraved frontispiece.Original plain blue paper wraps with printed spine labels; extremities rubbed; last three leaves of volume one stained; some margin soiling of first two leaves of volume two; a wide-margined copy with text with edges untrimmed.Book ID: 15171More details Price: GBP £815.00
LA THEORIE ET LA PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE.
Ou L'On Traite A Fond Des Beaux Jardins appellés communément Les Jardins De Propreté, Comme sont Les Parterres, Les Bosquets, Les Boulingrins, &c...
The Hague: Chez Pierre Husson 1711. First Dutch edition of the most influential work on garden design of the eighteenth century. It effectively codified the design principles of the French formal garden and continued in print for at least six decades. "France did not become mistress of Europe in garden art merely because of such of her examples as could be copied; of almost equal importance was the wide popularity of a book which first appeared anonymously in France in 1709 under the title THEORIE ET PRATIQUE DU JARDINAGE... Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts." (Gothein, HISTORY OF GARDEN ART, volume II, pg 111.) This edition, published in Holland, is the first of many pirated editions to appear outside of France. It carefully follows the original Paris edition, even in its pagination, and the plates are nicely engraved by J. Lamsvelt with strong dark impressions. 4to (25.8 x 20 cm); (xii) + 208 pp. with numerous engraved text illustrations and ornaments + 32 folding plates (chiefly garden plans).Recent quarter vellum with red leather spine label and gilt lettering; marginal foxing of a few plates, but generally a clean and attractive copy.Book ID: 15660More details Price: GBP £1,625.00
ERICAS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.
Cape Town and Johannesburg: Purnell (1967). Deluxe Subscriber's edition , No. 215 of 400 copies signed by the artists and the authors. A scholarly study of Erica with a good review of the literature in the Introduction. This is the first substantial illustrated work on Southern African Erica to be issued since Andrew's Heaths of 1802. There are 167 plates, mostly in color, from drawings by Irma Von Below, Fay Anderson and others. Royal 8vo (26.5 x 18.7 cm); color photographic frontispiece + lxvi +180 pp. with line drawings, maps, including fold-out map, and photograph and color print reproductions in the text + 167 color plates from drawings.Original green leather with title printed in gold on upper cover, gilt-lettered title piece on spine panel, gilt lettering and decoration in 4 other panels; decorative endpapers.Book ID: 15761More details Price: GBP £98.00
STOWE: A DESCRIPTION OF THE MAGNIFICENT HOUSE AND GARDENS
Of The Right Honourable Richard Grenville Temple, Earl Temple... Embellished with a General Plan of the Gardens, and also a separate Plan of each Building, with Perspective Views of the same.
Buckingham: B. Seeley 1769. Stowe, in Buckinghamshire, was the most celebrated English landscape garden of the eighteenth century. "Much visited and publicized, it had enormous influence on garden design, especially after experiments there in 'natural' gardening in the 1730s. It is historically important because it remained at the growing point of taste throughout the 18th c., exhibiting every stage of the garden revolution. Its final phase of idealized landscape survives relatively intact." (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, page 537). Stowe's fame brought it many visitors, and Benton Seeley, a local bookseller and engraver, published its first guide book in 1744. Seeley's guides went through several editions, being continually revised and enlarged over the course of the century, and did much to spread the influence of Stowe as a model for the English landscape garden. Jefferson owned at least two of them. In 1797 Seeley's son completely revised the work, including a new and different series of plates. 8vo (21 x 13 cm); 44 pp. + 20 engraved plates (2 folding) including folding garden plan.Original full sheep, worn at spine ends; clean tear in folding plan, neatly repaired without loss; browning in margins of a few leaves at front and rear.Book ID: 15766More details Price: GBP £900.00
INSTRUCTION POUR LES JARDINS FRUITIERS ET POTAGERS,
Avec Un Traité Des Orangers, Suivy de Quelques Réflexions Sur L'Agriculture.
Paris: Claude Barbin 1690. First edition of what must be regarded as the most influential book in the history of pomology. Although trained as a lawyer, a visit to the gardens of Italy in 1656 while serving as tutor to the son of Jean Tombonneau produced in La Quinitinie an interest in horticulture which he pursued upon his return to France. His genius was readily recognized by a series of wealthy employers, including the Prince de Condé at Chantilly and Colbert at Sceaux. He also worked alongside Le Notre in creating the jardin potager for Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte, and when the envious Louis XIV put Fouquet in jail and seized Vaux for himself, La Quintinie was sent with Le Notre to Versailles. After first taking charge of the old fruit and vegetable gardens there he designed and oversaw the construction of the new Potager du Roi between 1677 and 1683. It survives very much intact to this day. La Quintinie traveled to Italy and England to study the state of horticulture in those countries. In England he visited Evelyn and reputedly refused an offer from Charles II to take charge of the royal gardens there. La Quintinie was particularly famous for producing fruits and vegetables out of season. He conducted numerous experiments toward this end and did much to perfect the art of forcing. His INSTRUCTION POUR LES JARDINS FRUITIERS ET POTAGERS offers an instructive treatise based on the results of these experiments and discoveries. He made extensive use of espalier planting at Versailles, a new technique introduced to him by Arnauld D'Andilly. His careful observations on this new practice, along with engraved illustrations, are included here, along with his directions for significant new techniques in pruning and grafting. In addition to his practical instructions there is a detailed description of the gardens at the Potager du Roi accompanied by a folding engraved plan. A comprehensive 68 page dictionary of French horticultural terms is provided (the earliest such dictionary we are aware of) and this alone makes the book invaluable to the study of early gardening practices in France. The work's authority was immediately recognized. A pirated edition appeared in Amsterdam within two years, followed by numerous other reprints in Paris, Amsterdam and elsewhere. John Evelyn wrote a translation which appeared in London in 1693, and others freely plagiarized or adapted the text throughout the 18th century. In spite of its immediate success the first edition is notoriously rare. It was not a book destined to sit unused on the shelf and thus very few copies have survived complete in their original bindings. It is not found in the Hunt Catalogue (which does include several later editions and translations) nor is it listed in Musset-Pathay (which cites a later edition only), Plesch MILLE ET UN LIVRES, or Cleveland. Oak Spring Pomona #1; Pritzel 5075. Two volumes, 4to (25.3 x 18.2 cm); (iv) + 522 + (2), 568 pp. with nine engraved vignettes and three garden plans + frontispiece portrait + folding garden plan + 12 plates of tools and pruning methods.Contemporary full mottled calf, all edges gilt; minor wear and chipping to covers; old ownership mark erased on title pages with abrasion wearing through paper on volume one; a few minor pencil corrections, but text otherwise a very good copy.Book ID: 15769More details Price: GBP £3,500.00
VUES DES TUILERIES (cover title).
(Paris: chez Bance l'Ainé) n.d. ca. 1807. A rare suite of eight aquatint views of the gardens of the Tuileries at the beginning of the nineteenth century. They are as follows: Vue du Grand Bassin prise derrière la Statue de L'Automne; Bosquet des Lutteurs ; Méléagre, Allée des Orangers; Bosquet du Centaure Chiron; Palais des Tuileries a l'Entrée de l'Allée des Orangers; Apollon et Daphné; Vue prise près du grand Bassin; Escalier du Milieu de la Terrasse du cote de la Rivière. In addition to structures, large trees, edifices and ornaments, including sculpture, there are people, including children, in contemporary dress and, occasionally, animals, enlivening each scene. Two copies in CCFR are described as "8 estampes aquatint" and the BNF notes that the publication date is arrived at from the dates when the illustrated statues were known to have been present in the gardens. Rare as a complete set; OCLC records only one copy in the US (Dumbarton Oaks). Eight aquatint engravings, numbers engraved, excepting numbers 2 and 5, impressions measure 24 cm by 19 cm; bound together on stubsLater binding of half-cloth, marbled paper over boards with gilt tooled leather title piece on upper covers, title printed in black on spine; marbled endpapers with two ex-libris; plate 2 is trimmed 1 cm shorter than the other plates, but still displays its title, while its plate number is pencilled rather than printed; this plate also has the faintest water stain on lower margin, not affecting image; plate 5 is also numbered in pencil; the paper of several plates is darkened or soiled, but this has not affected the clarity of the impressions.Book ID: 15853More details Price: GBP £1,300.00
Recueil De Maisons, Villas, Châlets, Pavillons, Kiosques, Parcs et Jardins, Dessinées Par Victor Petit.
Paris: Monrocq frères, n.d. (ca. 1855). Victor Petit was an artist and chromolithographer who documented the picturesque architecture and gardens built in and around Paris during the Second Empire. He was also a member of numerous archaelogical associations. Habitations Champêtres was one of four complementary works directed at the newly wealthy and culturally ambitious bourgeoisie of the time: the others were MAISONS DE COMPAGNE DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, PARCS ET JARDINS DES ENVIRONS DE PARIS, AND PETITES CONSTRUCTIONS PITTORESQUES. In the present work the focus is on the variety of country house styles found in different regions of France and, to a small extent, in England and Italy. The parks, grounds arrangements, garden structures and outbuildings are also depicted. Belvederes, garden pavilions, rustic cabanas and the like are shown along with views of parks such as the Parc de Pinon in Picardie or the Parc du Marchais in Burgundy. Distinctions are made among maisons champêtres, maisons de plaisance, and maisons bourgeoises; all are shown in grounds settings. The work was available from the publishers in simple black and white lithography or in color lithography; individual plates could also be ordered separately, either colored or in black and white. The present copy offers 30 plates in black and white and the remaining 70 finished to varying degrees in light color. They offer an interesting contrast to the forceful colors available as shown in sample plates from Petites Constructions and Parcs Et Jardins Des Environs De Paris which are laid in here. Ganay 254, but our copy does have a title page. 4to (36.5 x 27 cm) Loose in portfolio, as issued. Partially colored title page + 100 lithographed plates, 70 of which are colored to varying degrees, 30 are in black and white, plus, 8 color lithographed plates from PETITES CONSTRUCTIONS PITTORESQUES and one from PARCS ET JARDINS laid in.Original cloth backed portfolio with paper paste-downs; upper cover printed with title and author; paste-down on inner portfolio board annonces the forthcoming work by Petit, and the rear board inner paste down provides bibliographic detail of 7 different works, by Petit alone, detailing the title of each plate and how individual plates or complete sets could be ordered; portfolio scuffed and rubbed, lacking front tie, but with all letterpress intact; plates are fresh and bright with just some minor foxing at margin edges. An uncommon survival.Book ID: 15943More details Price: GBP £1,950.00
THE PICTURE BOOK OF PEONIES.
(Niigata): Niigata Prefecture, Japan, (ca. 1936). An oblong portfolio of 27 striking color printed plates measuring 25.2 x 38 centimeters, with each plate portraying 2 peonies (each flower approximately 11 x 12 centimeters). A brief text on the culture of Japanese tree peonies accompanies the plates, and there is an overslip with letterpress describing each flower. Niigata was a center for peonie cultivation and this book was undoubtedly issued to promote export trade to the west. Oblong 4to, stabbed and tied (25.2 x 38 cm); (ii) + (ii) + 2 + (ii) pp. + 27 color plates with accompanying letterpress on overslips.Original printed cloth, stabbed and tied, boards slightly bumped and worn at corners; some splitting of cloth along spine edges; plates clean and bright. A very good copy.Book ID: 16026More details Price: GBP £975.00
LILIES OF JAPAN.
Yokohama: (Yokohama Nursery Co.) August 1922.. The Yokohama Nursery Company was one of the largest suppliers of Japanese lilies and other Japanese plants and bulbs to the Western nursery trade. Accompanying this color catalogue from the company is a color decorated price list giving the export company's British address at "Craven House Kingsway,/ London. W.C. 2". The catalogue itself is a handsome survival. " The Yokohama Nursery Company catalogues from the mid-1890s through the mid-1920s are impressive documents, written in English and beautifully illustrated with colored plates..." (ARNOLDIA 64/23, Del Tredici. " From Temple To Terrace" p. 4). Of the lilies themselves, there are 44 illustrated examples distributed at 3 or 4 to an oblong page over 12 plates. The list begins with Lilium auratum, then Lilium Henry1, Lilium tigrinum Fortunei Giganteum, etc., including Fritillaria kamchatensis and Thunbergii. The price list indicates size, case lots and costs per 100 bulbs. " Free London Wharf. Guaranteed Sound." The 12 plates of color lithographs in the text are in vibrant colors with brief captions identifying each variety. The separate price list features an attractive color illustration of lilies along the lower left half of the sheet. Oblong folio (26.5 x 39 cm); (iv, including title and plate list) pp.+ 12 color lithographed plates illustrating 44 flowers; illustrated price list laid in.Original plain paper covers with cover title within color block design on upper cover; stabbed and tied; some minor soiling to covers; previous owner's name, " Cuningham"? with date of 1928 in ink on upper cover; a faint trace of faded old damping at upper corner of upper cover and, faintly, on top edge and corner of title page, not affecting text; some wrinkling to paper and a bit of thumb-soiling, corners bumped, but plates are rich in color and in very good condition; the mimeographed price list on thin Japanese stock has been folded in half and marked in color pencil on two lines.Book ID: 16186More details Price: GBP £800.00
18 best Var. (cover title).
Yokohama: (The Yokohama Nursery Co., Ltd.), ca. 1890-1900. A beautifully preserved color lithographed horticultural catalogue from the Yokohama Nursery Company, justly famous for the attractiveness of its publications. "The Yokohama Nursery Company catalogues from the mid-1890s through the mid-1920s are impressive documents , written in English and beautifully illustrated with colored plates, line drawings, and photographs of classic Japanese plants." (ARNOLDIA 64/2 -3, Del Tredici. "From Temple To Terrace" p. 4) In this offering of iris kaempferi there are only large full page illustrations, with examples identified in small type. There were apparently at least three different collections of the iris kaempferi presented in this format: one with 25 varieties, another with 100, and this one, with 18. The 18 flowers exhibited here are illustrated 2 to a page on 9 plates. The flower colors are in delicate shades of purple, pink and white, all printed against a delicate green printed background. The varieties in this particular collection include: Kumo-isho; Gekka-no-nami;Senjo-no-hora; Oyodo; Shippo; Momiji-no-taki; O-torige; Manadzuru; Tsuru-no kegoromo; Warei-hotei; Gei-sho-ui; Yezo-nishiki; Shiga-no-uranami; Shimoyo-no-tsuki; Kakujakuro; Shishi-ikari; Osho-kun;and Iso-no-nami. Very scarce, especially in this fine condition. Folio (38 x 29 cm); 9 color lithographed plates measuring 83 x 29 cm., with 2 varieties per plate.Original iris paper covers, title printed in gold on upper cover; stabbed and tied with gently fading purple yarns; all plates are vibrant and in fine condition; the only trace of previous ownership is an occasional small pencilled "x" next to the printed name of a variety.Book ID: 16187More details Price: GBP £1,450.00
LE BOTANISTE CULTIVATEUR,
Ou Description, Culture Et Usages De La Plus Grande Partie Des Plantes Étrangeres, Naturalisées et Indigènes, Cultivées En France, En Autriche, En Italie Et En Angleterre, Rangées Suivant La Méthode De Jussieu.
Paris: Chez Deterville/Goujon 1811. Seconde Edition, "Entièrement Refondue Et Considerablement Augmentée." A massive catalogue resulting from the author's ambitious objective of compiling a complete list of all plants currently cultivated in France, Austria, Italy and England. In addition to its considerable enlargement, this edition also includes a folding plan of de Courset's own extensive botanical gardens near Boulogne. Extensive general observations take up most of the first volume, and the entries for each specific species and variety also include notes on cultivation and remarks on the best and most popular varieties for different purposes. A supplement volume (not present here) was also issued in 1814. Six volumes, 8vo (20.2 x 12.7 cm); viii + 562 (+ 1), 636 (+ 2), (iv) + 552, (iv) + 632, (iv) + 567, iv + 631 pp. + 1 folding plan, 1 engraved plate and 2 folding tables.Contemporary quarter sheep with marbled boards, lightly scuffed; occasional browning and foxing of text.Book ID: 13909More details Price: GBP £455.00
RECUEIL DES FIGURES, GROUPES, THERMES, FONTAINES, VASES, STATUES, ET AUTRES ORNEMENS DE VERSAILLES.
Tels Qu'ils Se Voyent A Present Dans Le Chateau & Parc. Gravé D'Après Les Originaux.
Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier 1695. Thomassin was sent by Colbert to study in Rome for four years before returning to France in 1680 and becoming court engraver to Louis XIV. Among his first projects after his return was to draw and publish illustrations of all the sculpture, ancient and modern, used to decorate the palace and gardens at Versailles. The first edition of this work appeared in Paris in 1694. It was quickly reissued, in the edition offered here, by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. This Dutch edition includes the same text and plates, but adds a folding engraved plan of the gardens of Versailles and a translation of the text into Latin, Italian and Dutch. The plates depict not only the statuary, but also the fountains, hermae and vases distributed throughout the gardens. A rare second Paris edition with 26 additional plates was published in the same year as the first, but that edition also appeared without the garden plan. Ganay 37; Berlin Cat 4212. Small 4to (19.1 x 13.8 cm); 59 + (1) + (1) + (1) pp. + engraved title, 228 engraved plates, and a folding plan (49.5 x 32.5 cm).Contemporary full calf, rubbed; minor worming in rear joint and back board, not affecting text, but generally a well preserved copy.Book ID: 14398More details Price: GBP £800.00
ETCHING. "View Of The Grotto Of Pan And Fame."
. The first state, before the number (of two). Vesme no. 841. Chone/Grivel. STEPHANO DELLA BELLA 1610-1664, no. 42-4. A richly evocative etching of Pan and Fame's grotto in the Renaissance Italian villa garden at Pratolino. The impression is a double view, presenting opposite ends of the grotto side by side. On opposite sides of the statue representing the river Mugrone are seen Pan playing his flute and Fame sounding her trumpet, both of them animated as hydraulic automatons. This is one of six views by Della Bella which depict this stunning Medici garden, created by the Florentine architect Buontalenti. "In terms of hydraulic wonders, the fountains and grottoes of Pratolino are surely the apogee... Buontalenti emerges as the foremost inventor of grottoes in Italy." (Miller HEAVENLY CAVES, pp. 47, 49) Impression measuring 25 x 37 cm; signed SD Bella between the two viewsExcellet condition, freshly mounted and matted, overall dimensions 45 x 53.Book ID: 14582More details Price: GBP £650.00
ALBUM DE CLICHÉS,
Electrotypes, Kupferniedschläge... Containing The Illustrations Published In The Different Books And Catalogues Of...
Paris: Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie 1888. Second Edition. This thick catalogue assembles the vast collection of wood-engraved illustrations used by the Vilmorin-Andrieux firm in their seed catalogues and other publications. Electrotype printing blocks for all the images depicted could be ordered from the firm for use in illustrating retail seed and nursery catalogues. Instructions for ordering these are printed at the front in French, English and German. The numbered illustrations are printed on one side of the sheet only, "the other is intended for the illustrations which we may publish in the future and copies of which will be sent to all the purchasers of this album, to be pasted on the blank side corresponding to the numbers." Altogether at least 4000 images are included, the majority of which are devoted to flowers, although vegetables, herbs, trees, fruits, grasses, garden implements, etc. are also shown. The illustrations are accompanied by descriptions in French, English and German, and by prices in francs and sterling. 4to (27.2 x 21.7 cm); vi + 344 (+ xxiv index) + 345-744 pp. with over 4000 wood-engraved illustrations.Original cloth, worn; finger-nail size hole rubbed through cloth in center of backstrip; inner hinges reinforced.Book ID: 14754More details Price: GBP £300.00
LARGE FORMAT NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH HERBARIUM.
ca. 1850s. An attractive and generally well preserved collection of 70 mounted botanical specimens collected in France during the mid-nineteenth century. The majority are accompanied by hand-written descriptive labels, including a few with extended notes (in one case extending to several pages). Some specimens appear to have been collected in the region around Paris, while others (including a few tropical plants) appear to have been cultivated and collected in the herborist's own garden. They are, for the most part, well preserved and attractively mounted. Folio (46 x 31 cm); 70 specimen sheets, mostly double-size and folded to protect the specimens.Preserved in four heavy gray paper fasicles; occasional damage to some of the more fragile specimens, but generally well preserved.Book ID: 15694More details Price: GBP £423.00
ORACLES DE FLORE.
Paris: Chez Janet, n.d. (ca 1816). An early floral game and fortune-teller based on the symbolic meaning of flowers. The thirty-six flowers used in the game are each assigned a specific meaning. As such, it is one of the very few "language of flowers" books to have been published prior to Charlotte Latour. It was also the basis for numerous other 19th century romantic and prophetic floral games based on the "meaning" of individual flowers. Rare; OCLC locates only 2 copies (Netherlands, and Poland) Plesch pg. 194. 18mo (12 x 7.5 cm); (2) + (8) + 152 pp. + engraved title with hand-colored rose + 6 color plates of flowers and 2 engraved plates of playing cards.Contemporary full sheep, worn at corners and spine extremities; text foxed.Book ID: 15788More details Price: GBP £550.00
ESSAI SUR LES JARDINS.
Suivi Du Plan De La Presqu'Ile Perrache, Située Au Midi De La Ville Lyon, Traitée En Jardin Pour Accompagner Le Palais Ordonné Par Sa Majesté Impériale Et Royale Dans Cet Emplacement.
Lyon: Chez Reymann 1807. First edition. The author was a garden architect and engineer from Grenôble and Lyon. His "Essay On Gardens" begins with a general discussion of contemporary European garden design, including observations drawn from visits to gardens in Germany, England and France, followed by reflections on garden design in general (especially the jardin anglais) and specific recommendations for the layout and planting of gardens and parks. The second section of the book presents the author's plans for the Imperial gardens to be built next to the planned Napoleonic palace on the peninsula between the banks of the Saône and Rhône near the center of Lyon. The folding engraved plan for this project shows an extensive landscape garden in the "style anglais" to the south of the palace and a smaller and more formal area to the north. Ganay 164. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); viii + 119 pp. + folding plan.Bound in older glazed boards and glazed cloth spine; inked title lettering on upper cover; some scattered foxing, mostly to upper margins.Book ID: 15838More details Price: GBP £500.00