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  • PERRIN-DUPORTAL, Henriette..
    GEORGIE AU JARDIN PUBLIC Album Pour Les Parents Et Pour Les Enfants

    With the illustrations of Joseph Kuhn-Régnier.

    Original cloth-backed paper covered boards with a color printed vignette tipped on to the upper cover. A minor smudge on upper cover, but a very good copy.

    Book ID: 15575
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  • (Parks, Paris)
    TOUSSAINT, Eugène.
    LE BOIS DE BOULOGNE. Son Histoire/ Ses Transformations/ Actuelles.

    This pamphlet was published to mark a conference in 1944 organized by Toussaint, "inspecteur général des eaux et forêts, conservateur en chef des parcs et jardins de la ville de Paris et du départment dea Seine." With a signed penned inscription from the author to Roger Blais dated 1958.

    Original printed paper covers

    Book ID: 15775
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  • (Florist's Receipt)
    PETIT, FLEURISTE-BOTANISTE, ENTREPRENEUR DE JARDINS BOURGEOIS.

    A well preserved early receipt from a Parisian florist with letterpress description of the firm's stock and penned notations showing details of a sale. At his shop called "Au Cycas Revoluta," Petit sold roses, peonies, plants for the orangery etc. He also rented plants for balls and soirées, and made up all sorts of bouquets. His nursery was located rue de Jessaints, No. 9, barrière St-Denis. On this invoice he has indicated in pen that he has sold 3 bouquets, 4 flowering plants and 24 "caisses" or flats for a total of 27 francs. With his signature.

    In fine condition.

    Book ID: 15811
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  • STEIN, Henri.
    LES JARDINS DE FRANCE Des Origines A La Fin Du XVIIIe Siecle.

    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and…

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    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and with a bibliography of works on garden art in France. Ganay 388

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    Loose in publisher's original cloth portfolio with title printed in green on upper cover and spine, printed medallion illustration on upper cover; original portfolio ties,the very faintest foxing to edges only, otherwise very fine.

    Book ID: 15947
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  • UNTITLED ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT BOOKLET OF GARDEN SCENES. by (PARSONS, Florence I.)
    (PARSONS, Florence I.)
    UNTITLED ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT BOOKLET OF GARDEN SCENES.

    An utterly charming manuscript booklet each page of which is illustrated in color in a lovely folk-art style. The cover or first page shows a young girl in floral dress with pantalons standing in the arch of a flowering arbor. The second page displays the name Florence Isabelle Parsons written in ink and accented in red watercolor, surrounded by a primitive wreath suggesting flowers and leaves. The third page shows the young girl again, this time holding a flower, beneath the arbor and standing by a table with a bird cage on top. A bouquet with ribbon tie takes up page four. The fifth page portrays a large rose colored house with two trees in the background surrounded by a…

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    An utterly charming manuscript booklet each page of which is illustrated in color in a lovely folk-art style. The cover or first page shows a young girl in floral dress with pantalons standing in the arch of a flowering arbor. The second page displays the name Florence Isabelle Parsons written in ink and accented in red watercolor, surrounded by a primitive wreath suggesting flowers and leaves. The third page shows the young girl again, this time holding a flower, beneath the arbor and standing by a table with a bird cage on top. A bouquet with ribbon tie takes up page four. The fifth page portrays a large rose colored house with two trees in the background surrounded by a picket fence; what would seem to be rose bushes grow all around the fence. The sixth and final page contains the following within a hand drawn cartouche: "Be a good girl and strive to learn all you can/ Florence I. Parsons / (Rebecca Kilmer?)" This entire inscription needs to be viewed with a magnifying glass; the last name is almost entirely faded away. The colors used throughout the booklet are pale green, yellow-orange, rose, yellow, brown and black. Water color and, perhaps, charcoal, and ink seem to be the media. The technique is child-like; the composition very good. It would seem that the booklet may have been a gift to Florence I. Parsons of Canton, Bradford Co., PA., born in 1853; deceased in 1873. The sweetness of the life seen in the garden scenes coupled with the sadness of what may have been a very short young life make this booklet a special comment on the significance of the garden.

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    Well preserved; fading to inscription on "cartouche" of final page - must be read with magnifying glass.

    Book ID: 16019
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  • (Children's gardening)
    (ANONYMOUS)
    A BOTANICAL LADDER FOR THE YOUNG.

    Botanical instructions for the young in the form of a dialogue between mother and child. These instructions are for a fairly well read child and progress as one advances up the steps of a ladder. With text figures or sketches.

    Original cloth,title gilt stamped ; well preserved.

    Book ID: 16381
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  • (Domestic Arts)
    EMIEUX-FOURBET, Mme. Caroline.
    LE MÉNAGIER FRANCAIS

    The complete three volumes (all published) of this guide to domestic arts for young women and girls. Each month of the year is given its own chapter. Although there are many culinary recipes, there are also calendars for the garden, cleaning and sanitary recipes, descriptions of seasonal games, instructions for insect repellant and spot removers, hints for floral decoration, the creation of layettes, advice on party etiquette, and much more. Floral decoration, party etiquette and much more... Bitting p. 144; Vicaire 328

    Original printed paper covers, well preserved on volumes 1857-1858, but spine paper is partially perished on 1857 and nicked at heel on 1858; volume 1859 is soiled and nicked, with old tape residue on partially perished paper spine; scattered light to moderate foxing in all 3 texts; the printed calendar leaf present in 1857 and 1859 is not present in the 1858 volume.

    Book ID: 15821
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  • (Color plates)
    PROMENADE SENTIMENTALE ET SCIENTIFIQUE AU JARDIN D'HIVER D'UN PAPILLON VOYAGEUR by EDMOND (DE SÉRIGNY), M.
    EDMOND (DE SÉRIGNY), M.
    PROMENADE SENTIMENTALE ET SCIENTIFIQUE AU JARDIN D'HIVER D'UN PAPILLON VOYAGEUR Ayant Pour Interprête M. Edmond De Sérigny. Notice Instructive et Amusante Sur Les Principales Plantes Exotiques Qui Croissent Au Jardin d’Hiver; Leur Mode de Culture et de Multiplication; Leurs Moeurs, Leurs Usages; etc. Précédée d’un Abrégé de Botanique et Illustrée par Bertall, Belaife et Bruno. Gravure de Leblanc.

    First edition and a unique, extra-illustrated copy of this fanciful approach to the plants of the conservatory. At about this time, in England and on the continent, winter houses or conservatories were becoming popular additions to modest households, not just to grand estates as in the past. Here, Edmond de Sérigny makes the topic appealing by acting as an “interpreter” for a butterfly who enters such a conservatory just when he thinks he has seen the last of the seasonal flowers. The butterfly’s promenades are preceded by an introduction to botany taken almost entirely from Audouit’s L’Herbier des Demoiselles. Next begins the butterfly’s raptures over his discovery of the greenhouse/ conservatory. He wonders if he is suddenly in Brazil. Short…

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    First edition and a unique, extra-illustrated copy of this fanciful approach to the plants of the conservatory. At about this time, in England and on the continent, winter houses or conservatories were becoming popular additions to modest households, not just to grand estates as in the past. Here, Edmond de Sérigny makes the topic appealing by acting as an “interpreter” for a butterfly who enters such a conservatory just when he thinks he has seen the last of the seasonal flowers. The butterfly’s promenades are preceded by an introduction to botany taken almost entirely from Audouit’s L’Herbier des Demoiselles. Next begins the butterfly’s raptures over his discovery of the greenhouse/ conservatory. He wonders if he is suddenly in Brazil. Short chapters are devoted to 19 individual plants such as azaleas and primroses. Poetry, horticultural and botanical information and some lore is included. The regular text is illustrated from engravings by Bertall, Belaife et Bruno. The extra plates, many hand-coloured, of butterflies, flowers, and fruits, are in differing sizes and, obviously, from different sources. Unusual and charming. CCfr locates 2 copies (without the extra-illustration) of which one is a second edition of 1849. OCLC finds an additional copy in the Netherlands. Extra Illustrated

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    Contemporary full calf with triple gilt filets on covers; spine with raised bands and decoratively gilt panels; marbled endpapers; some light wear at spine edges and extremities, but binding tight; binding signed “ A. Closs”; tissue guards on the added coloured plates; occasional light foxing to text.

    Book ID: 16161
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  • (Central Park)
    (VIEWS IN CENTRAL PARK) by (Prang, Louis, chromolithographer)
    (Prang, Louis, chromolithographer)
    (VIEWS IN CENTRAL PARK)

    Six scarce and lovely chromolithographed views of various sites and structures in Central Park as they appeared within the first decade of its opening. These are album cards printed by America’s prolific chromolithographer Louis Prang and designed for inclusion in an album or scrapbook. There were 36 cards issued in total during this period, 12 per series. By 1869, another 2 series, titled a bit differently, were issued, making a total of 60 cards in all. Our six include: “Abode of the Swans; “The Music Temple”; “The Tower”; “Ornamental Bridge”; “The Drive”. and “The Bridle Path”. With the exception of the “Abode of the Swans”, where, of course, the swans gliding in their pond are the focus, the scenes are…

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    Six scarce and lovely chromolithographed views of various sites and structures in Central Park as they appeared within the first decade of its opening. These are album cards printed by America’s prolific chromolithographer Louis Prang and designed for inclusion in an album or scrapbook. There were 36 cards issued in total during this period, 12 per series. By 1869, another 2 series, titled a bit differently, were issued, making a total of 60 cards in all. Our six include: “Abode of the Swans; “The Music Temple”; “The Tower”; “Ornamental Bridge”; “The Drive”. and “The Bridle Path”. With the exception of the “Abode of the Swans”, where, of course, the swans gliding in their pond are the focus, the scenes are peopled showing current dress and fashion. “(Prang’s) publication of album cards was an especially happy idea. In the late nineteenth century an album holding colorful cards was found on the center table of every parlor. The cards were put up in envelopes containing twelve cards each, and their subjects included flowers, leaves, birds, butterflies, animals, marine and landscape views.” (McClinton. THE CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS OF LOUIS PRANG, page 4). We find a listing for the whole collection only in the Avery Library at Columbia.

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    Very faint infrequent little bits of foxing. Near fine.

    Book ID: 16480
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  • (Chantilly)
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY. by Ganay, Ernest de.
    Ganay, Ernest de.
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY.

    First edition; No. 1 of 6 copies printed on Japan paper at the press of Jacques et Demontrond in Besançon. With a signed ink presentation inscription to le comte (René Philipon ) on the free endpaper and a posted note from de Ganay to Philipon laid in. An essay in praise of the beauties of garden, landscape and architecture at Chantilly and the interventions there of great designers, gardeners and architects by France’s distinquished bibliographer of French garden literature. Ganay 1925/9 “Bibliographie Des Travaux D’Ernest De Ganay” in Mosser & Sartre, BIBLIOTHèQUE ET JARDIN. ERNEST De GANAY. In OCLC we locate only the British Library copy. “C’est que Chantilly réunit tous les agréments.”

    Original paper wrappers with upper cover title, border and design printed in red; in contemporary glassine. Fine.

    Book ID: 16464
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  • (Color plates - Pears)
    NOS POIRES by (HOUTTE, Louis Van, Établissement HORTICOLE.).
    (HOUTTE, Louis Van, Établissement HORTICOLE.).
    NOS POIRES

    A delightfully illustrated catalogue of pears available from Van Houtte, a prominent Belgian nurseryman. Van Houtte was also noted as a printer and a publisher. He built a printing plant at his nursery in the 1840s and also published the FLORE DES SERRES ET DES JARDINS DE L'EUROPE from 1845 to 1880. Van Houtte used his presses to produce the fine chromolithographed plates which illustrate this catalogue of the pears available from his firm. 431 varieties are listed and described, 122 of which are illustrated in 16 oblong color plates. An additional 36 varieties are shown in outline on 6 black and white plates. Although the original cover title for this copy suggests this is the first fascicule in a…

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    A delightfully illustrated catalogue of pears available from Van Houtte, a prominent Belgian nurseryman. Van Houtte was also noted as a printer and a publisher. He built a printing plant at his nursery in the 1840s and also published the FLORE DES SERRES ET DES JARDINS DE L'EUROPE from 1845 to 1880. Van Houtte used his presses to produce the fine chromolithographed plates which illustrate this catalogue of the pears available from his firm. 431 varieties are listed and described, 122 of which are illustrated in 16 oblong color plates. An additional 36 varieties are shown in outline on 6 black and white plates. Although the original cover title for this copy suggests this is the first fascicule in a larger work, “POMONE/ 1/ NOS POIRES./ 1.er Fascicule.”, we find no evidence of such a work being continued. Rather, this collection of illustrations and descriptions became something of a trade catalogue for the firm as much as an informed catalogue of currently superior pears. Some years ago we sold a copy without this printed cover title and with text beginning on page 5, without the preliminary title page and 2 page introduction present in this copy. The work is very scarce: we locate only 2 copies in OCLC, both in Switzerland ( University of Bern and the Conservatorie Et Jardin Botanique Ville de Genève), of which the Bern copy is dated 1890. With 16 Large Chromolithographed Plates Of Pears

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    Original paper covered boards with title printed on upper cover, boards quite soiled and spotted; re-backed with portion of original spine remaining; new endpapers; title page is scuffed with some edge tears; the text is browned and soiled, with occasional little margin tears mostly at margins; the chromolithographed plates are remarkably clean on the actual impressions, with some browning, hand-soiling and nicking to outer margins only and their tissue guards, though foxed themselves, perfectly protected the images. In all, heavily used but well protected with the color impressions fresh and bright.

    Book ID: 16474
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  • (Garden Tools)
    FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, by (AUDOT, ed.)
    (AUDOT, ed.)
    FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, Représentant, En 49 Planches Contenant Plus de 400 Objets, Les Utensiles le plus Généralement Employés Dan La Culture Des Jardins...

    Eighth, enlarged edition of the FIGURES, a supplementary and complementary volume to the essential early French gardening almanac, LE BON JARDINIER, which began publication 1755 and and is still being published today. There are, in fact, 51 plates, 2 more than indicated in the sub-title. These 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. In this copy all the plates have careful contemporary hand - coloring. Early 19th century Color plates of garden tools

    Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards; leather spine with gilt title and bands; marbled endpapers; spine rubbed and worn; occasional light foxing, slightly heavier on preliminary and rear pages, but plates generally bright and fresh.

    Book ID: 16434
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  • (Gardens in Art)
    WINDOW PLANTS. by NASH, John.
    NASH, John.
    WINDOW PLANTS.

    First Series, No. 4, of the very special post WWII print production enterprise, The School Prints, Ltd., that sought to bring original art work in the form of mostly auto-lithographic posters or prints featuring the work of contemporary artists into the classrooms of young students in Great Britain. The artist here, John Nash, perhaps better known for his work in wood-engraving, was “ a countryman and passionate gardener...keenly observant of nature, particularly plants.” (Selborne, Joanna. BRITISH WOOD-ENGRAVED BOOK ILLUSTRATION 1904 -1940. p.303). He turned to lithography late in his career just in time to take part in the first series of this education- through- art project undertaken by Brenda Rawnsley and her advisers, including art education promoter Herbert Read (…

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    First Series, No. 4, of the very special post WWII print production enterprise, The School Prints, Ltd., that sought to bring original art work in the form of mostly auto-lithographic posters or prints featuring the work of contemporary artists into the classrooms of young students in Great Britain. The artist here, John Nash, perhaps better known for his work in wood-engraving, was “ a countryman and passionate gardener...keenly observant of nature, particularly plants.” (Selborne, Joanna. BRITISH WOOD-ENGRAVED BOOK ILLUSTRATION 1904 -1940. p.303). He turned to lithography late in his career just in time to take part in the first series of this education- through- art project undertaken by Brenda Rawnsley and her advisers, including art education promoter Herbert Read ( see ARTMONSKY, Ruth. THE SCHOOL PRINTS A Romantic Project). The series was printed at the Baynard Press. In addition to his fine talent for botanical illustration, Nash possessed a great sense of humor about people. In this print, so appropriate for children, Nash portrays a comical but sweet lady dozing peacefully with her cat and her caged canary by her window sill full of potted geraniums Christmas cacti, amarylis, etc. In her own private garden, in fact. Red is the dominant color and all the other colors ( only 6 were permitted) are rich. The School Prints usually had decorative borders making it easier for schools to avoid the cost of framing. Here the artist’s border is full with red and blue flowers, beautifully complementing the whole design. To Each His Own Garden

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    In fine condition; signed by Nash in the plate.

    Book ID: 16479
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  • THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. by KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. In Three Books. Addressed To Uvedale Price, Esq.

    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use”…

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    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use” Henrey 900.

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    Contemporary green calf spine, gilt ruled and ornamented spine compartments; gilt lettered red leather title piece; marbled boards; head of spine worn with slight separation along a half inch of the back edge, extremities rubbed; very little foxing; a very good copy; with the bookplate of Geo. Armytage.

    Book ID: 16435
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  • LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR.

    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of…

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    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of the design, and the charming line drawings that he provides are the exact graphic correlate to this state of potentiality." ("Arcadia as utopia in contemporary landscape design: the work of Bernard Lassus”, HISTORY OF HUMAN SCIENCES Vol. 16 No. 1 p. 117). Accompanying the Lassus text is an essay on the garden by Michel Conan. “garden projects..as utopian texts”

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    In leather-backed custom portfolio; just about a fine copy with only the faintest hint of occasional foxing commencing.

    Book ID: 16433
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  • (Art Brut)
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title). by Sigoda, Pascal.
    Sigoda, Pascal.
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title).

    Limited edition of 666 copies, this example #24 of 299 numbered copies bound in papier gris-ardoise. There are few vestiges left of Le Jardin des Surpises built in Attigny by the eccentric and multi-talented sculptor Renault. It was destroyed after the war and he rebuilt it some 300 meters away from the original site by re-cycling much of the sculpture. After his death, vandals destroyed most of what was left. This work is a catalogue of an “exhibition” devoted to the garden and Renault. Some biographical detail is provided and Renault’s work as an autodictact is mentioned in the context of “les inspirés,” such as le Facteur Cheval and Isidore or “Picassiette.” Given Renault’s work as a patissier  and cuisinier,…

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    Limited edition of 666 copies, this example #24 of 299 numbered copies bound in papier gris-ardoise. There are few vestiges left of Le Jardin des Surpises built in Attigny by the eccentric and multi-talented sculptor Renault. It was destroyed after the war and he rebuilt it some 300 meters away from the original site by re-cycling much of the sculpture. After his death, vandals destroyed most of what was left. This work is a catalogue of an “exhibition” devoted to the garden and Renault. Some biographical detail is provided and Renault’s work as an autodictact is mentioned in the context of “les inspirés,” such as le Facteur Cheval and Isidore or “Picassiette.” Given Renault’s work as a patissier  and cuisinier, an influence which showed in the sculptures of his gardens, connections with the work of Carême are also made. The photographic reproductions show the interiors of Renault’s Hotel des Deux Gares and of the Musée de la Guerre at Attigny. Photos of the garden include a view of the exterior of his second self-made house and a picture of Renault himself in the midst of his sculpture garden of animals, farm workers, etc. Shortly before his death he became a member of the Collège de Pataphysique, attaining the status of satrape shared by others such as Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miró, and Jacques Prévert. Uncommon.   A Pataphysicist’s Garden

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    Original wrappers with title and decorative device in red on upper cover; printed portrait of Renault in red on lower cover; insignificant spots and some bumping and a mended nick at spine heel and bottom edge on lower cover. A very good copy.

    Book ID: 16501
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  • (Bois de Boulogne)
    SOUVENIR DU NOUVEAU BOIS DE BOULOGNE. by (GUESNU).
    (GUESNU).
    SOUVENIR DU NOUVEAU BOIS DE BOULOGNE. Plan À Vol D'Oiseau Pour Servir De Guide Dans Ses Promenades Et Aux Environs.

    A lively bird's eye view over the Bois de Boulogne stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Parc de St. Cloud. The scene is peopled with riders on horseback and in carriages, people walking and boating. Structures in the Jardin d'Acclimation, the Pré Catalan and around the lakes are depicted. The scene can be dated to sometime after 1854 but before 1870. This represents the period when Napoleon III brought to Paris his new taste for the English style of park.  

    Some darkening from dust in upper left corner, mostly in margins. A very good opy.

    Book ID: 16483
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  • (Botanical Gardens - Mediterrean)
    LES JARDINS DANS LA RÉGION DE L'ORANGER. by MARCHAIS, A.
    MARCHAIS, A.
    LES JARDINS DANS LA RÉGION DE L'ORANGER.

    “Nouvelle édition, augmentée et corrigée.” Marchais was chief gardener, under the direction of Charles Naudin, at the botanical garden Villa Thuret, near Antibes, created in 1857 by Gustave Thuret with the assistance of his colleague, Dr.Edouard Bornet. Marchais describes the climate the garden grows in and its demands on the vegetation. He gives a calendar for work in that climate and provides a list of more than 3,500 plants cultivated there.  Also included are lists of medicinal plants, exotic fruits and perfume plants. At his death in 1875, Thuret’s widow gave the garden to the state and, today, it is a botanical and plant pathology center. Most of the plants chosen for growth were those suited to a Mediterranean-type climate.…

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    “Nouvelle édition, augmentée et corrigée.” Marchais was chief gardener, under the direction of Charles Naudin, at the botanical garden Villa Thuret, near Antibes, created in 1857 by Gustave Thuret with the assistance of his colleague, Dr.Edouard Bornet. Marchais describes the climate the garden grows in and its demands on the vegetation. He gives a calendar for work in that climate and provides a list of more than 3,500 plants cultivated there.  Also included are lists of medicinal plants, exotic fruits and perfume plants. At his death in 1875, Thuret’s widow gave the garden to the state and, today, it is a botanical and plant pathology center. Most of the plants chosen for growth were those suited to a Mediterranean-type climate. (See Racine, M. THE GARDENS OF PROVENCE AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA pp. 244-245). “Nice” is written in pen on the title page as place of publication, but the bound-in original covers of this copy note that it was for just for sale and printed at Nice. OCLC locates only 4 copies in the U.S.  of various nineteenth century editions, and additional copies in France, Germany and the Netherlands.  By The Head Gardener At Villa Thuret

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    Handsomely bound in three quarter black leather, gilt titling and raised bands to spine; marbled paper over boards; original pale blue glossy paper covers printed in gold bound in; some soiling to the original paper covers and a tear of 1 cm. in the outer edge of the upper cover -the tear leaves an increasingly tinier hole in text margin up to page 12; some pages are trimmed shorter in the lower margins without loss of text. A well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 16482
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  • L'ART DES JARDINS, by CHOULOT, (Paul de Lavenne), Comte de.
    CHOULOT, (Paul de Lavenne), Comte de.
    L'ART DES JARDINS, Ou Études Théoriques Et Pratiques Sur L'Arrangement Extérieur Des Habitations; Suivi D'Un Essai Sur l'Architecture Rurale, Les Cottages Et La Restauration Pittoresques Des Anciennes Constructions.

    Facsimile reprint from the third edition,  including all three livraisons. Choulot was an important landscape architect notable for formulating an original style of "parc agricole et paysager" whose principal feature was the integration of picturesque natural scenery with agricultural activity in private rural parks. He designed over 250 parks, most of them for rural agricultural properties, many of which were located in or near his home in Nièvre. Choulot is, however, equally famous as the designer of the Parisian suburb Le Vésinet, the first ville-parc built in France. Begun in the late 1850s, this large park-like residential property development was an important model for many of the picturesque suburbs created in France and elsewhere over the next half century. Choulot…

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    Facsimile reprint from the third edition,  including all three livraisons. Choulot was an important landscape architect notable for formulating an original style of "parc agricole et paysager" whose principal feature was the integration of picturesque natural scenery with agricultural activity in private rural parks. He designed over 250 parks, most of them for rural agricultural properties, many of which were located in or near his home in Nièvre. Choulot is, however, equally famous as the designer of the Parisian suburb Le Vésinet, the first ville-parc built in France. Begun in the late 1850s, this large park-like residential property development was an important model for many of the picturesque suburbs created in France and elsewhere over the next half century. Choulot published his theories of garden design in his L'ART DES JARDINS, which appeared in three separate parts between 1858 and 1863. All of these are rare, and even this modern reprint, published by the Vésinet Chamber of Commerce in 1982, is very scarce. The text includes the list of both plans and parks executed by Choulot citing the client name, and the name and location of the project. Scarce. We find no copies of this edition in the US listed in OCLC. The Designer of Le Vésinet, The First “Ville-Parc” of Suburban France.

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    Original heavy paper wraps.

    Book ID: 16486
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    LA COURONNE DE FLORE, by DESBORDES-VALMORE, (Marcellline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    DESBORDES-VALMORE, (Marcellline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    LA COURONNE DE FLORE, Ou Mélange de Poésie et de Prose,

    First edition. “Ce recueil est destiné à accompagner  La Naissance des Fleurs, ouvrage lithographique composé de 300 groupes de fleurs, par MM. Redouté, Baget, Dumas, etc.”.  Chavant’s NAISSANCE DES FLEURS  was a series of 50 individual “feuilles” issued by the editor Chavant with plates available separately for 1fr.50. (Chavant’s ads appear at the back of this text). This small book gathers together some of the  themes of the poets and prose writers who contributed to the NAISSANCE, with, in addition, 4 drawings lithographed by A. Rouillet from the work of J. P. Redouté, Olympe Arson, Jules Dumas and Lucy de Beaurepaire. Essays on the history and lore of individual flowers accompany poems on different flowers by contemporary authors. This is…

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    First edition. “Ce recueil est destiné à accompagner  La Naissance des Fleurs, ouvrage lithographique composé de 300 groupes de fleurs, par MM. Redouté, Baget, Dumas, etc.”.  Chavant’s NAISSANCE DES FLEURS  was a series of 50 individual “feuilles” issued by the editor Chavant with plates available separately for 1fr.50. (Chavant’s ads appear at the back of this text). This small book gathers together some of the  themes of the poets and prose writers who contributed to the NAISSANCE, with, in addition, 4 drawings lithographed by A. Rouillet from the work of J. P. Redouté, Olympe Arson, Jules Dumas and Lucy de Beaurepaire. Essays on the history and lore of individual flowers accompany poems on different flowers by contemporary authors. This is the “broché” issue, again, as described in the ads at the back. VICAIRE  Vol II, p. 1044. Scarce; we find three copies in OCLC, only one of which in the U.S. at Harvard/Houghton. 

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    Original paper covers, delicate slit to paper about 5cm. along spine, very light wear to heel of spine, previous owner’s penned signature at upper left cover; heavy foxing to text printed in blue with blue printed border; plates relatively clean.

    Book ID: 16515
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