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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

    Paris: Huzard 1827. 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. 8vo (22 x 14 cm); vii + (i) + 308 pp. + 3 hand-colored engraved plates.

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

    Book ID: 15787
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  • LES JARDINS. by DELILLE, (Jacques).
    DELILLE, (Jacques).
    LES JARDINS. Ou L'Art D' Embellir Les Paysages. Poeme.

    Paris: Chapsal 1844. This enormously successful didactic poem, first published in 1782, presented an early and influential call for the rejection of the symmetry and regularity of the formal French style of gardening in favor of the irregular and "natural" jardin anglais. It went through many editions, but this one is of particular interest because, in addition to other significant additions, it appears to be the only edition to have included illustrations of actual gardens. These sixteen highly finished steel-engraved plates, drawn by Thénot and engraved by Aubert, along with sixteen engraved text illustrations, depict examples of French gardens from the late 18th and early 19th century which serve as examples of Delille's ideas. They include the Chateau de Villiers,…

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    Paris: Chapsal 1844. This enormously successful didactic poem, first published in 1782, presented an early and influential call for the rejection of the symmetry and regularity of the formal French style of gardening in favor of the irregular and "natural" jardin anglais. It went through many editions, but this one is of particular interest because, in addition to other significant additions, it appears to be the only edition to have included illustrations of actual gardens. These sixteen highly finished steel-engraved plates, drawn by Thénot and engraved by Aubert, along with sixteen engraved text illustrations, depict examples of French gardens from the late 18th and early 19th century which serve as examples of Delille's ideas. They include the Chateau de Villiers, the Chateau de Neuilly, Parc Monceau, Ermenonville and several other more obscure gardens of the same era. All of these gardens are described in an anonymous appendix entitled "Observations Sur Quelques Artifices Particuliers Employés Dans La Composition Des Jardins," which also offers an appreciation of Delille and instructive thoughts on garden design. The main text generally follows that of the revised 1801 edition of LES JARDINS, which included a significantly expanded preface in which, among other things, Delille responds to several of the critics his work had attracted. In addition to the usual end notes, this edition also provides variant readings from the original 1782 edition and useful notes contributed by the anonymous editor. Ganay 527. 8vo (25.2 x 17.2 cm); (ii) + xxxi + 314 pp. with 18 wood-engraved text illustrations and vignettes + engraved title and 14 steel engraved plates.

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    Contemporary quarter leather with moiré paper-covered boards; spine ends worn; backstrip torn; some foxing and browning of text.

    Book ID: 14599
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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.

    LONDON: B.T. Batsford 1909. 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…

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    LONDON: B.T. Batsford 1909. 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. Folio (39.5 x 28 cm); xi + (iii) + 36 pp. with text illustrations mostly from plans and with 27 plates from drawings.

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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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  • (Exposition catalogue)
    LA GUIRLANDE DE JULIE Le Monde Des Fleurs/ Tableaux Et Livres Précieux.

    (Nogent-sur- Marne: Maison Nationale Des Artiste) 1967. The catalogue for an exhibition of floral paintings and books inspired by the famous GUIRLANDE DE JULIE whose original was created as a manuscript collection of poems and flower paintings presented in 1641 as a birthday gift to Julie-Lucine d'Angennes de Rambouillet by her fiancé, the marquis de Montausier. This work is often cited as having initiated the genre of the floral gift book and contributed to the later literary fashion for floral symbolism and the development of the language of flowers. The text of the catalogue inclues a biographical essay on both Julie and de Montausier, 28vo (27 x 18.5 cm); 52 pp. including color frontispiece from portrait + 7 color and…

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    (Nogent-sur- Marne: Maison Nationale Des Artiste) 1967. The catalogue for an exhibition of floral paintings and books inspired by the famous GUIRLANDE DE JULIE whose original was created as a manuscript collection of poems and flower paintings presented in 1641 as a birthday gift to Julie-Lucine d'Angennes de Rambouillet by her fiancé, the marquis de Montausier. This work is often cited as having initiated the genre of the floral gift book and contributed to the later literary fashion for floral symbolism and the development of the language of flowers. The text of the catalogue inclues a biographical essay on both Julie and de Montausier, 28vo (27 x 18.5 cm); 52 pp. including color frontispiece from portrait + 7 color and 2 black and white full page reproductions of paintngs or engravings.

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    Original glossy paper wrappers with color garland printed on upper cover.

    Book ID: 15583
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  • REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN. by (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN.

    Bar Harbor, Maine: Max Farrand Memorial Fund, 1946 - 1959 (1963). 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…

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    Bar Harbor, Maine: Max Farrand Memorial Fund, 1946 - 1959 (1963). 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. 8vo (22.6 x 15 cm); 116 pp. (unpaginated) with numerous text illustrations from photographs and with plans.

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

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

    Paris 1897. 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…

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    Paris 1897. 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. Three decoratively shaped cards (approx. 6 x 9 cm), color printed on recto and verso, with mirror on the last and thickest card; tied with ribbon.

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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.

    Paris: Librarie Horticole 1910. 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." 8vo (21 x 15 cm); 96 pp. (including 6 pp. ads) with occasional text illustrations (+ 22 additional pp. of ads at front and back) + 16 half-tone plates from early engravings, paintings and photographs.

    Original paper wraps.

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

    New Orleans, LA & Elmhurst, Cal., D. Moriarty, ca. 1904. 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. Stapled oblong pamphlet, 17 x 25.5 cm.; 12 unnumbered pp. with text figures and with 5 color lithographed plates.

    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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  • " the most alluring place..."
    A GARDEN IN VENICE. by (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    (Gardens, Venice) EDEN, F.
    A GARDEN IN VENICE.

    London: "Country Life" 1903. The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, " Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight…

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    London: "Country Life" 1903. The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, " Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight walks covered by 600-700 yards of square-topped vine-clad pergola." (Festing, S. GERTRUDE JEKYLL p. 154). Traditional structures and ornaments were used. Eden includes an interesting account of well-making on the island and in the garden. The prominence of the Edens in the expatriate community brought notable guests to the garden, as did the caché of later residents such as Princess Aspasia of Greece and her daughter and son-in-law, the King and Queen of Yugoslavia. Henry James, Anna de Noailles, Maurice Barres and Jean Cocteau are also associated with the spot. D'Annunzio set a scene there in his IL FUOCO. In LES DELICES DE L'ITALIE, Jean Louis Vaudoyer calls the garden "the most alluring place in the world to abandon oneself to melancholy." (as quoted in Weal, M.T., POSTFACE; A GARDEN IN VENICE ). The garden was locked up after the death of its last occupant, but garden historian John Hall obtained entrance and wrote a description for HORTUS, Autumn 2003. Small 4to (23 x 18 cm); (vi) +135 + (1) pp. with decorative head and tail pieces, initial letters and text figures, from older engravings, including some from the Dream of Polyphilis, + frontispiece and 16 full page illustrations from photographs, with tissue guards, hors texte.

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    Original publisher's decoratively embossed leather"Venetian" style, some scuffing to extremities, pictorial endpapers; apart from light scuffing, a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16156
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  • TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DE DIFFÉRENTES FLEURS: by (GUERNEAU DE SAINT-PERAVI, JEAN-NICOLAS- MARCELLIN)
    (GUERNEAU DE SAINT-PERAVI, JEAN-NICOLAS- MARCELLIN)
    TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DE DIFFÉRENTES FLEURS: Des Narcisses, Des Girofliers, Des Tubereuses, Des Anémones, De La Jacinthe, Des Jonquilles, Des Iris, Des Lis & De Amaranthes.

    Paris: Chez Saugrain, jeune 1765. First edition. A scarce treatise of interest to florists and cultivators. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the nine popular flowers cited in the title. The author was born in Beauce and also wrote a book on taxation published in 1768. Musset-Pathay 1867. 12mo (16.5 x 9.8 cm); (iv) + 316 + (iv) pp.with decorative text ornaments.

    Contemporary mottled calf with gilt decorated spine panels and gilt lettering piece on spine, scuffed, chipped and worn at spine ends, older paper shelving label in bottom spine panel; marbled end papers, faint damping stain on small portion of upper margins of first chapter, contemporary ink margin note on one page.

    Book ID: 15884
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  • PRACTICAL CAMELLIA CULTURE: by HALLIDAY, Robert J.
    HALLIDAY, Robert J.
    PRACTICAL CAMELLIA CULTURE: A Treatise On The Propagation And Culture Of The Camellia Japonica.

    Baltimore: (The Author) 1880. First edition of the first book on the camellia written by an American. Halliday was a nurseryman and florist located in Baltimore. He was a dedicated proponent of camellia propagation from cuttings, a practice which at that time was less common than grafting. He gives detailed instructions for all stages of development and includes several instructive text illustrations as well as five color plates. Halliday's advice was particularly directed to commercial growers, with much attention paid to issues such as market prices and the profitablilty of different methods of cultivation. He was also a partisan of the alba plena variety, and offers much of his advice specifically for that plant. 12mo (19.2 x 12 cm); 142…

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    Baltimore: (The Author) 1880. First edition of the first book on the camellia written by an American. Halliday was a nurseryman and florist located in Baltimore. He was a dedicated proponent of camellia propagation from cuttings, a practice which at that time was less common than grafting. He gives detailed instructions for all stages of development and includes several instructive text illustrations as well as five color plates. Halliday's advice was particularly directed to commercial growers, with much attention paid to issues such as market prices and the profitablilty of different methods of cultivation. He was also a partisan of the alba plena variety, and offers much of his advice specifically for that plant. 12mo (19.2 x 12 cm); 142 pp. with 43 wood-engraved text illustrations + 5 chromolithographed plates.

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    Original cloth with gilt camellia design on upper cover, gilt lettered spine, very slight wear to spine ends, corners gently bumped; original endpapers and publisher's announcement slip for the forthcoming PRACTICAL AZALEA CULTURE tipped in at front endpapers; 2 tissue guards removed; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 15863
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  • HARDOUIN-FUGIER, Elisabeth and Etienne GRAFE.
    THE LYON SCHOOL OF FLOWER PAINTING.

    Leigh-on Sea: F. Lewis, Publishers, Ltd. (1978). Edition limited to 500 copies. A study of the important school of French flower painters centered in Lyon in the 19th century, their connections to the textile industry, and the progress of the École des Beaux Arts at Lyon. The bulk of the text consists of an alphabetical annotated catalogue of flower painters, including available biographical and professional details. Illustrated with a color frontispiece reproducing a painting by Francois Lepage and 51 black and white reproductions of paintings by other members of the school. 4to (28.5 x 21 cm); 88 pp. + mounted color frontispiece + 51 black and white plates.

    Original cloth in lightly frayed dust jacket.

    Book ID: 14373
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  • HERBIER DU JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES. by (Herbaria) (JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES)
    (Herbaria) (JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES)
    HERBIER DU JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES. Plantes De L'Été. Fleurs Des Moissons.

    (Paris): Journal des Demoiselles, n.d. (ca 1880s). Issued as a special publication of the JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES, this portfolio contains 25 lithographed sheets for mounting of specific dried herbarium samples. A printed outline of the plant, for coloring, is printed on the sheet next to the area where the flower or plant was to be placed. Also incorporated into each of these sheets is a letterpress text which instructs the user in the pertinent language of flowers, botanical nomenclature, and plant lore. Separate instructions for preparing plants collected for the herbarium are included along with instructions for coloring the outline drawings. Additionally, there are five hand-colored plates provided as a model for coloring. Each of these depicts a grouping or…

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    (Paris): Journal des Demoiselles, n.d. (ca 1880s). Issued as a special publication of the JOURNAL DES DEMOISELLES, this portfolio contains 25 lithographed sheets for mounting of specific dried herbarium samples. A printed outline of the plant, for coloring, is printed on the sheet next to the area where the flower or plant was to be placed. Also incorporated into each of these sheets is a letterpress text which instructs the user in the pertinent language of flowers, botanical nomenclature, and plant lore. Separate instructions for preparing plants collected for the herbarium are included along with instructions for coloring the outline drawings. Additionally, there are five hand-colored plates provided as a model for coloring. Each of these depicts a grouping or bouquet of five different flowers from among those illustrated by the uncolored plates. A wonderful example of the type of botanical pastimes thought to be instructive and engaging for women in the late nineteenth century. Loose, as issued, in original printed portfolio; 2 pp. text on lightweight paper + 3 plates (title and preface) on card stock + 5 hand-colored + 25 black and white lithographed plates.

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    Original green cloth portfolio with title stamped in gold and a rose branch embossed in green, white and gold; recent ivory satin ties, one of which detached; plates excellent except for an occasional line of dust along top edge.

    Book ID: 13929
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  • THE GARDEN OF JAPAN by (Japanese Gardens) PIGGOTT, F.T.
    (Japanese Gardens) PIGGOTT, F.T.
    THE GARDEN OF JAPAN A Year's Diary Of Its Flowers

    London: George Allen 1892. First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme…

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    London: George Allen 1892. First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme with color decorative designs adapted from Japanese lacquer boxes, flower-types cast from Japanese models by Messrs. Clowes, etc. 4to (27.5 x 21.5 cm); (viii) + 60 + (11) pp. with colored designs on half title, title page and dedication page, numerous text decorations including reproductions of photos and sketches, 4 black and white full page reproductions from paintings and 2 full page color lithographed plates from sketches.

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    Original paper covered boards, gilt titling and printed decoration along upper edges, heavily soiled, including some ink staining and scuffing; original decorative endpapers, internally very good.

    Book ID: 16010
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  • MANUEL DE L'HERBORISTE, by JULIA DE FONTENELLE, (Jean Sebastien Eugène) and Henri TOLLARD.
    JULIA DE FONTENELLE, (Jean Sebastien Eugène) and Henri TOLLARD.
    MANUEL DE L'HERBORISTE, L'Épicier-Droguiste Et Du Grainier-Pépiniériste et Horticulteur.

    Paris: Roret 1828. A two-volume Roret manual providing details on plant characteristics: where they grow, what their medical properties are and what their chemical analysis reveals. Henri Tollard contributed the portion of the manual addressed to the needs of nursery and seedsmen, horticulturists. Two volumes, 18mo (14.5 x 19.5 cm); 445 (iii); 558 pp. + 5 folding charts.

    Original printed paper covers, worn at spine heels, light to moderate foxing to text, but otherwise well preserved.

    Book ID: 15777
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  • LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS by LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS

    Paris: Bernard Lassus and Colas, S.A. 2010. With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations.…

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    Paris: Bernard Lassus and Colas, S.A. 2010. With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare Bordaz, Fabien Calcavechia, Michel Conan, Andrea Koenecke, Frank Schalaster and Ferriolo Massimo Venturi. Oblong spiral bound volume, 23.2 x 27 cm.; 128 pp. profusely illusted and printed in color and in black and white. Bound in color printed plastic covers.

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    Fine.

    Book ID: 16029
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  • THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF SOUTH AMERICA, by LAWSON, George.
    LAWSON, George.
    THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF SOUTH AMERICA, And The Water-Lilies Of Our Own Land: Their History And Cultivation.

    Edinburgh: James Hogg 1851. First and only edition; with a penned presentation inscription from "The Author" on flyleaf. In addition to describing indigenous British water lilies, Lawson presents a detailed account of the sensational Victoria Regia, first brought into flower successfully at Chatsworth in 1849. It is from this same stock that Caleb Cope and his gardener, Thomas Meehan, cultivated a plant which flowered in the United States in 1851 (see Bailey, STANDARD CYCLOPEDIA OF HORTICULTURE pp.3466-8). Two lovely color plates, one of Victoria Regia and another of the great white water-lily, illustrate the text. Pritzel 5101 12mo (17.4 x 10.5 cm); (iv) + iv + (9)-108 pp. + 2 chromolithographed plates.

    Original red cloth with gilt title and water lily design on upper cover, re-backed in red cloth with gilt spine lettering, extremities gently worn, corners bumped; a.e.g., original endpapers preserved; moderate foxing to plates and with pencilled notes throughout.

    Book ID: 15804
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  • (Liancourt) COURVILLE, Xavier de.
    LIANCOURT. Sa Dame Et Ses Jardins.

    Paris: Librairie Bloud 1925. Signed presentation inscription on half-title. 8vo (18.7 x 12 cm); 205 pp.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15572
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  • HISTOIRE ET CULTURE DES LYS. by (Lilies and Melons) THIERY, M.
    (Lilies and Melons) THIERY, M.
    HISTOIRE ET CULTURE DES LYS. Suivie D'Un Précis Sur La Culture Des Melons, Et Sur La Nature Des Sols Ainsie Que Des Engrais Qui Conviennent A Chacun D'Eux, Avec L'Époque Des Semis A Faire Mois Par Mois.

    Paris: Chez M. Thiery 1855. Thiery was a seedsman and nurseryman with gardens in Auteuil, near Paris. The first 55 pages are devoted to the primary work, an account of the history and culture of 59 varieties of lily. This is followed by a short manual on melon culture, a gardener's calendar, and a few other short essays on unrelated horticultural subjects. 12mo (18.9 x 11.3); 179 pp.

    Original printed paper covers, personal ex-libris stamp at bottom margin of title page, occasional faint foxing; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 15865
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  • MARIE, Alfred.
    JARDINS FRANÇAIS CRÉES A LA RENAISSANCE.

    Paris: Éditions Vincent Fréal & Cie. 1955. First edition. A useful compilation of illustrations from early engravings, plans, drawings and contemporary photographs of important French gardens from the 15th through the early 17th centuries. Multiple views of Blois, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Fontainebleau, Anet, Vallery, Monceaux-Les-Meaux, Rosny, Saint-Germain-En-Laye and Richelieu are included accompanied by a short descriptive text. 4to (27.2 x 22 cm); 47 + (ii) pp. + 239 black and white plates from drawings, engravings, plans, photographs, etc.

    Original printed paper covers; in glassine; fine.

    Book ID: 14904
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