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  • (Cut Paper Flower Collages)
    EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS.
    EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS.

    A lovely album preserving ten delicate and meticulously prepared cut paper flower arrangements. The album is inscribed on the front fly leaf "Souvenir à Mlle. Heloise Bigaud / Hector de D. Juin 1848" and was almost certainly specially prepared as a gift of friendship (or courtship). The front cover displays the gilt initials "H. B." in gothic letters framed within a decorative gilt border. The flowers themselves are cut from various multi-colored papers. The minute detail and perfect composition of several of these flower "collages" make these exceptional examples of this largely domestic artistic genre requiring much skill and keen observation of nature.

    Folio (40 x 28.5 cm); 10 cut paper flowers pasted inside folded sheets of paper and mounted on larger album leaves + two additional chromolithographed illustrations of flower bouquets. Each recto of the album has a gold printed square as a suggested frame and the 2 chromolithographed flower designs fill those, but the paper cutting on tissues paper spread beyond those or are loose on the page.Contemporary and original gilt-embossed cloth with decorative leather spine; occasional very minor and inevitable damage to the fragile cut paper designs (one quite small loss of stem to one design), but still very well preserved.

    Book ID: 15671
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  • JARDINS. by FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    JARDINS. Carnet de plans et de dessins.

    First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. “(Forestier’s) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book “Jardins”.” (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in “Jean C.N. Forestier”, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches and tilework. A…

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    First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. “(Forestier’s) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book “Jardins”.” (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in “Jean C.N. Forestier”, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches and tilework. A long list of his recommendations for best roses is included. Additionally, he offers illustration and commentary on gardens that made his fame: that of Joseph Guy at Beziers; of Montjuich at the Barcelona exposition; and of La Casa Del Rey Moro in Andalousia. “In his designs, plants partially erase, rather than reinforce, the rigor of the plan. This play between the grace of the vine and the strict line of the post situated Forestier precisely at the juncture of the jardin à la française and the cubist/modernist garden.” (Imbert, THE MODERNIST GARDEN IN FRANCE, p. 25) A signed presentation copy

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    Original paper wraps with title printed on upper cover, illustration or design on upper and lower covers; covers darkened and soiled; final few pages lightly soiled at margins.

    Book ID: 16158
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  • LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, by (GENTIL, Francois).
    (GENTIL, Francois).
    LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, Ou Dialogues Entre un Curieux & un Jardinier Solitaire. Contenant la methode de faire & de cultiver un Jardin Fruitier & Potager; & plusieurs experiences nouvelles... Augmentée de plusieurs Chapitres, dont il est fait à la fin de la Preface, & d'un Catalogue des plus excellens Fruits, les plus rares & les plus estimés, qui se cultivent dans les Pepinières des RR. PP. Chartreux à Paris.

    This Brussels edition of what was the most popular pomological manual of the early 18th century is of particular interest because it includes, as an appendix, a reprint of the catalogue of fruit trees available from the nurseries of the Carthusian monks of Paris. During the 18th century the Pères Chartreux operated what was easily the largest nursery in Europe and supplied orchards across the continent with the best proven varieties of fruit. François Gentil, the anonymous author of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, was a Carthusian lay brother who ran the nurseries for 30 years. His book was first published by Rigaud in 1704 and went through numerous French editions in addition to popular translations into English and German. The present…

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    This Brussels edition of what was the most popular pomological manual of the early 18th century is of particular interest because it includes, as an appendix, a reprint of the catalogue of fruit trees available from the nurseries of the Carthusian monks of Paris. During the 18th century the Pères Chartreux operated what was easily the largest nursery in Europe and supplied orchards across the continent with the best proven varieties of fruit. François Gentil, the anonymous author of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, was a Carthusian lay brother who ran the nurseries for 30 years. His book was first published by Rigaud in 1704 and went through numerous French editions in addition to popular translations into English and German. The present edition appears to be based on the significantly enlarged fourth edition, which first appeared in Paris in 1712. However, none of the numerous editions published in Paris includes the nursery catalogue which is present here. The Chartreux in Paris are known to have issued at least five such catalogues before their dissolution during the French Revolution. The earliest of these that we can trace is dated 1736, and it is probably the text from this catalogue which has been reproduced here. (Fricx published an earlier edition of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE in 1737 which also includes a Chartreux catalogue. The present edition is in all likelihood a reprint of that text). These catalogues, all of which are rare, represent important documentation on the available fruit varieties in Europe during the 18th century. They also included notes on the characteristics and seasons for each fruit, and would have been an extremely useful reference for the fruit growers of the period. It is thus understandable that Fricx would have recognized the value of using the text from the 1736 catalogue - the most reliable description of fruit varieties of its day - as an addition to his own reprint of Gentil. We can locate no other editions of Gentil, besides the two Brussels editions of 1737 and 1749, which include a Chartreux catalogue. Plesch pg. 235 (1773 ed.).

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    Contemporary full leather gilt panelled spine, with raised bands, gilt lettered morocco title piece; spine and corners skillfully restored; front inner hinge has old masking tape repair, rear inner hinge has residue from removal of tape; half-title lacking.

    Book ID: 14765
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  • DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, by LALOS, J.
    LALOS, J.
    DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, Ouvrage Utile et Instructive Pour Les Proprietaires et Les Amateurs, et ...

    First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes among landowners from 1817 to 1832, many of…

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    First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes among landowners from 1817 to 1832, many of whom belonged to the bourgeoisie." (Michel Conan in HUNT, J.D. AND CONAN, Michel, TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN FRENCH GARDEN ART, p. 168.) The engraved plates show an artificial waterfall, a plan of the cascades and the lake of Lamotte, a section of a cascade and a plan of the pond of the park at Liverdy. Ganay 184.

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    Contemporary quarter leather with leather corners, marbled paper over boards, spine edges scraped, but hinges still firm, gilt tooled partially raised bands, gilt lettered pink leather title piece on spine; marbled endpapers, previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down; small tear repaired near gutter of larger plan with no loss of image.

    Book ID: 16042
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  • PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE CULTURE AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ALPINE OR ROCK PLANTS. by LOTHIAN, James.
    LOTHIAN, James.
    PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE CULTURE AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ALPINE OR ROCK PLANTS. To Which Is Also Appended A List Of Alpines, Ferns, Marsh, And Aquatic Plants, Etc., Etc.

    Lothian was gardener to W. A. Campbell of Ormsary. This scarce volume, the first English work devoted wholly to alpine plants, appears to be his only published book. It begins with instructions for the location and construction of rockeries, ponds and bogs and the arrangement of plants in the rockery. A second section gives directions for cultivation and treatment, arranged by season, with separate discussion of "tenderer and rarer" plants, as well as advice on cultivation in Wardian cases. The appendix lists nearly 1000 varieties of recommended plants. The illustrations include two engraved plates showing rockery layouts and four hand-colored plates of plants. The first English work devotd wholly to alpines

    Original embossed red cloth with gilt framed gilt title in center of upper cover, spine ends very slightly frayed; original end papers, early bookplate and small penned notation above older bookplate; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16234
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  • (Roses)
    DICTIONNAIRE HISTORIQUE ET ARTISTIQUE DE LA ROSE. by BELMONT, Abel.
    BELMONT, Abel.
    DICTIONNAIRE HISTORIQUE ET ARTISTIQUE DE LA ROSE. Contenant Un Résumé De L'Histoire De La Rose Chez Tous Les Peuples Anciens Et Modernes; Ses Propriétés, Ses Vertus, Etc.

    First book edition (previously published as a series in the JOURNAL DES ROSES from 1893 to 1896). This "dictionary" is more properly described as a compilation of diverse entries relating to the rose's history, traditions, stories and legends, origins, characteristics, ceremonial and decorative uses, etc. It serves as a work of plant lore with far-ranging entries on subjects as diverse as ceramics (including a four page treatment of the use of the rose image in pottery, etc.) sorcery, Napoleon and numerous other historical figures and similar diverse topics. Stock 115.

    Original pink paper wrappers, slight yellowing from age; text largely unopened; minor little tear to lower rear free endpaper, but a fine copy.

    Book ID: 16280
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  • (Trade catalogue - Iris)
    IRIS KAEMPFERI. by YOKOHAMA NURSERY CO., LTD. (YOKOHAMA UEKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, corp. title).
    YOKOHAMA NURSERY CO., LTD. (YOKOHAMA UEKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, corp. title).
    IRIS KAEMPFERI. 25 Choice Var.

    A tall and beautifully preserved colour lithographk 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 coloured plates...” (ARNOLDIA 64/2-3, Del Tredici. “From Temple To Terrace” p. 4) There are 25 varieties of iris illustrated with two varieties per page, 12 large plates, and one large specimen alone on one plate, all of them shown in full flower with some foliage. The flower colours include shades of white, blue, pink and purple with touches of yellow printed against a pale green background. Varieties include: Zama-no-mori; Yedo-jiman and Kumo-no-obi; Wase-banri and Kyodaisan; Shokko-nishiki and…

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    A tall and beautifully preserved colour lithographk 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 coloured plates...” (ARNOLDIA 64/2-3, Del Tredici. “From Temple To Terrace” p. 4) There are 25 varieties of iris illustrated with two varieties per page, 12 large plates, and one large specimen alone on one plate, all of them shown in full flower with some foliage. The flower colours include shades of white, blue, pink and purple with touches of yellow printed against a pale green background. Varieties include: Zama-no-mori; Yedo-jiman and Kumo-no-obi; Wase-banri and Kyodaisan; Shokko-nishiki and Toru-odori; Koki-no-iro and Sano-watashi;Chosei-den and Aoigata; Nishiki-no-shitone and Bondai-no-nami; Hana-aoi and Uji-no-sato; Okubonri and TaiKeirobu; Hatsushimo and Gosetsu-no-mai; Shirataki and Kuma-funjin; Datedogu and Sofu-no-koi; Kurokumo and Idznmigawa. The only trace of previous ownership is an occasional small pencilled “x” next to the printed name of a variety. With 25 Color Plates

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    Bound in iris paper, with with purple yarn ties; in about fine condition, with only slight fading to ties and minimal shelfwear at extremities.

    Book ID: 16153
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  • THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE;
    THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE; And Yearbook Of Information On Practical Gardening.

    The second of five annual volumes of this illustrated monthly gardening periodical. The editorship and most of the articles are anonymous, although George Glenny is cited as the author of many of them, including a series of short monographs on individual flowers. The content is focused largely on garden flowers, with only an occasional article on fruits or trees.

    Original gilt embossed decorative cloth; head and heel of spine lightly worn; color frontispiece and engraved title foxed.

    Book ID: 14755
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  • THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE;
    THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE; And Yearbook Of Information On Practical Gardening.

    The third of five annual volumes of this illustrated monthly gardening periodical. The editorship and most of the articles are anonymous, although George Glenny is cited as the author on many of them, including a series of short monographs on individual flowers. The content is focused largely on garden flowers, although this volume also includes a few articles relating to landscape design and garden architecture. There is also an attractive hand-colored floral frontispiece by James Andrews.

    Original gilt embossed decorative cloth; spine extremities chipped and worn.

    Book ID: 14756
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  • FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, by (AUDOT, Louis E. ed.)
    (AUDOT, Louis E. ed.)
    FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, Représentant Les Utensiles Les Plus Généralement Employés Dan La Culture Des Jardins...

    Second, enlarged edition of the FIGURES, a supplementary and complementary volume to the essential early French gardening almanach, LE BON JARDINIER, which began publication in 1755 and is still being published today. The 30 plates depict botanical subjects, such as roots, leaves, flowers and fruits, horticultural practices, such as grafts and propagation by cuttings and layering, and, of particular interest, a variety of garden tools or utensils such as cloches, spades, water pots, rakes, shovels, a fruit picker, etc.

    Contemporary marbled paper over boards, with paper spine label, lightly soiled and, also chipped; occasional foxing.

    Book ID: 14402
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  • MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, by BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, Ou Traité De Toutes Les Plantes Qui Peuvent Servir D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Les Orangeries, Les Serres Chaudes, Et Principalement Dans Les Parterres; Auquel On A Joint, En Forme De Supplément, une Notice Sur Celles Qui Se Cultivent Dans Les Grandes Indes, Pour La Beauté, Tant De Leurs Feuillages, Que De Leurs Fleurs; Une Dissertation Sur Les Plantes Des Environs De Paris, Qui Peuvent Servir Pareillement D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Et Une Autre Sur Les Plantes, Arbustes Et Arbrisseaux Propres A Faire Les Haies Et Clôtures Des Jardins Et Autres Enclos Champêtres.

    First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself…

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    First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself to hardy plants native to the region around Paris. A final chapter is devoted specifically to plants useful in the creation of hedges and enclosures.

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    Contemporary full mottled sheep, scuffed and worn; lower corner of rear cover heavily worn into pasteboard; some foxing.

    Book ID: 14328
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  • (Carnations)
    NOUVEAU TRAITÉ DES OEILLETS. by (Anonymous) M., L. C. B.
    (Anonymous) M., L. C. B.
    NOUVEAU TRAITÉ DES OEILLETS. La Façon La Plus Utile & Facile De Les Bien Cultiver, Leurs Noms, Leurs Couleurs, & Leur Beauté. Avec La Liste De Plus Nouveaux.

    An early manual on carnations and pinks addressed specifically to the amateur jardinier fleuriste at a period when the carnation was particularly in vogue. The first hundred pages deal with various aspects of cultivation - in pots, in greenhouses, and in the ground - while the remainder is devoted to an extensive listing of varieties. These entries describe each variety carefully and are full of observations on their particular qualities and special requirements, opinions as to their value and beauty, and occasional reference to the novelty or age of a particular variety. This work has been erroneously attributed to Goube, who wrote an eighteenth century work with a similar title. Its true author is unknown. Musset-Pathay 1379.

    Contemporary vellum, soiled, small portion of one corner rear board worn away.

    Book ID: 15004
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  • (Carnations)
    (ARDENE, Jean Paul de Rome d').
    TRAITÉ DES OEILLETS, Par L'Auteur De Traité Des Jacintes...

    Hunt 570: "a complete manual on the cultivation of carnations and pinks." Ardène, a priest and a botanist from Provence, was the most respected French authority on garden flowers of his day. He also published separate works on tulips, auriculas and ranunculi. This work on pinks is illustrated with fold-out engravings by Jean Aveline. This copy appears to resemble the Hunt copy in every respect except that the subtitle here refers to the TRAITÉ DES JACINTES, instead of the TRAITÉ DES RENONCULES, as in the Hunt copy. Hunt 570.

    Newly bound in half calf, marbled boards with original marbled paper wrappers (chipped) bound in.

    Book ID: 11029
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  • PARCS ET JARDINS. by DE CÉRIS, A.
    DE CÉRIS, A.
    PARCS ET JARDINS.

    A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc.

    Original printed paper covers with engraved vignette on upper cover; spine ends chipped, affecting spine lettering; scattered light to heavy foxing in text; in appendix of publisher's ads, small tear to lower margin slightly affecting a bit of text.

    Book ID: 15951
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  • HISTORIQUE DE LA CREATION D'UNE RICHESSE MILLIONNAIRE PAR LA CULTURE DE PINS, by DELAMARRE, Louis-Gervais.
    DELAMARRE, Louis-Gervais.
    HISTORIQUE DE LA CREATION D'UNE RICHESSE MILLIONNAIRE PAR LA CULTURE DE PINS, Ou Application Du Traité-Practique de Cette Culture Publié en 1826

    With 3 color plates. "Cet historique fait suite aux deux editions du TRAITE-PRACTIQUE DE LA CULTURE DE PINS A GRANDES CULTURES.(1820, 1826)." Delamarre describes his 300 hectare property, a parcel near Brionne in Normandy acquired in 1802. It was composed of a parc with a chateau, a "Bois des Remises," a larger "Bois de Valleville," and a very old tract of land transformed by Delamarre into a wood. He provides great detail of the success he had there in the cultivation of pines.

    Original printed paper cover with chips at extremities; infrequent faint foxing, occasional underlining in red pen.

    Book ID: 15787
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  • DU CERCEAU, Jacques Androuet.
    FRENCH CHATEAUX AND GARDENS IN THE XVIth CENTURY. A Series Of Reproductions Of Contemporary Drawings Hitherto Unpublished By Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau Selected and Described With An Account Of The Artist & His Works by W.H. WARD.

    First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index…

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    First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index of persons. Scarce in this condition.

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    Original paper covered boards printed in brown with with cream colored paper spine also printed in brown; bookseller's ticket on front past-down, original glassine; a fine copy but for small tears to the glassine.

    Book ID: 15886
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  • REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN. by (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN.

    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own…

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    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own memorial) and issued in 1963 as a tribute.

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    Original cloth backed, paper covered boards in original glassine wrapper.

    Book ID: 16379
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  • (Florist's advertisment)
    L'ART DE LA FLEUR NATURELLE. by AUGUSTIN, Artiste-Fleuriste.
    AUGUSTIN, Artiste-Fleuriste.
    L'ART DE LA FLEUR NATURELLE.

    This clever and lovely Belle Epoque advertising piece for the florist, Augustin, at 108-110 Boulevard St.-Germain in Paris encloses a small oval mirror for the lady who needs to know at a glance where to order table decorations, garlands and bouquets for balls and "soirees." The piece consists of three decoratively shaped cards with color printed designs and advertising copy, front and back, tied together by a ribbon at the bottom - one fans open the cards to find the mirror at the back surrounded by color printed floral decoration. The front card is graced with a spring/summer colored illustration of a cherub sitting on fruited tree limb: here is advertised the company's greenhouses located at Petit Chateau de Champignolles,…

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    This clever and lovely Belle Epoque advertising piece for the florist, Augustin, at 108-110 Boulevard St.-Germain in Paris encloses a small oval mirror for the lady who needs to know at a glance where to order table decorations, garlands and bouquets for balls and "soirees." The piece consists of three decoratively shaped cards with color printed designs and advertising copy, front and back, tied together by a ribbon at the bottom - one fans open the cards to find the mirror at the back surrounded by color printed floral decoration. The front card is graced with a spring/summer colored illustration of a cherub sitting on fruited tree limb: here is advertised the company's greenhouses located at Petit Chateau de Champignolles, La Varenne. Also advertised are wreaths, both natural and artificial (some executed in pearls, porcelaine or dried flowers), some for the gravesite, available at a dedicated location at 77 Blvd. St.-Germain. The company announces that it maintains a permanent display of bouquets for engagements and weddings. There is also a half year calendar, January through June giving saints names with the dates and a notice of the number of increasing minutes of daylight each month through June.

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    Original color printed cards tied with original or contemporary ribbon. Fine.

    Book ID: 16136
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  • (FORESTIER, Jean Claude Nicolas)
    BAGATELLE ET SES JARDINS.

    First edition. Forestier was in charge of the restoration of the gardens at Bagatelle located in the Bois de Boulogne. The text presents a history of the Chateau and its gardens from the 18th century up to their purchase by the city of Paris in 1905, and concludes with a 12 page chapter entitled "Quelques Idées Sur Les Jardins Modernes."

    Original paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15782
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  • (Garden Ornament)
    CATALOGUE OF PATENT TERRA COTTA ENAMELED VASES. by (D. MORIARTY, manufacturer).
    (D. MORIARTY, manufacturer).
    CATALOGUE OF PATENT TERRA COTTA ENAMELED VASES.

    A trade catalogue of curious inventions in vases with hollow interiors allowing the roots to connect directly with the ground. Also, a decorative “truck “ or tray filled with dirt for the roots to grow into is available to make the vases moveable. Some vases are available in different colored imitation granite. Those shown in color plate are available in “Red Scotch granite,” “Blue Westerly granite,” “ Dark Barre granite,” “Vermont marble” and “Green Barre granite.” Prices are included and, for extra charge, the vases could be carved “as elegantly as desired.” Not found in OCLC.

    Original paper covers with printed title design on upper cover; also rubber stamp indicating Grand Prize win at the World’s Fair on upper cover; on title page, two rubber stamps indicating Grand Prize award at the St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair; the faintest occasional foxing, else fine.

    Book ID: 16217
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