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  • (Ganay, Ernest de)
    TRAITÉ DE LA DÉCORATION DES DEHORS, DES JARDINS ET DES PARCS. by (HARCOURT, François-Henri) DUC D'HARCOURT.
    (HARCOURT, François-Henri) DUC D'HARCOURT.
    TRAITÉ DE LA DÉCORATION DES DEHORS, DES JARDINS ET DES PARCS.

    First edition, from the eighteenth century manuscript. A signed presentation inscription from Ganay. This copy unnumbered, but....”auteur” of an edition limited to 750 copies on papier vélin fin de Voiron and 27 on papier en forme de japon. With an introduction by Ernest de Ganay who recounts the recovery of this eighteenth century treatise in manuscript form at the Bibliothèque municipale de Caen. Harcourt was "...a pioneer of informal landscape gardening in France." (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS pg. 244.) whose own garden designs at Harcourt were mentioned in DeLille's poem on gardens and in Arthur Young's travel account of 1788. Harcourt's designs for the Princess of Monaco's gardens at Betz is referred to in a 1792 edition of Cerutti's LES…

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    First edition, from the eighteenth century manuscript. A signed presentation inscription from Ganay. This copy unnumbered, but....”auteur” of an edition limited to 750 copies on papier vélin fin de Voiron and 27 on papier en forme de japon. With an introduction by Ernest de Ganay who recounts the recovery of this eighteenth century treatise in manuscript form at the Bibliothèque municipale de Caen. Harcourt was "...a pioneer of informal landscape gardening in France." (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS pg. 244.) whose own garden designs at Harcourt were mentioned in DeLille's poem on gardens and in Arthur Young's travel account of 1788. Harcourt's designs for the Princess of Monaco's gardens at Betz is referred to in a 1792 edition of Cerutti's LES JARDINS DE BETZ. Although the treatise existed as somewhat "secret" literature among Harcourt's contemporaries and peers, it was publicly referred or alluded to by the Prince de Ligne, De Lille and Arthur Young. At Harcourt's reception at the French Academy in 1789 M. Gaillard claimed that the treatise was composed before a theory for the design of "jardins irreguliers" was known in France. Ganay 403 and Ganay/Vignal 5.

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    Original pink paper wraps, soiled, with printed title label on upper cover; printed paper wraps, nicked at head and heel of spine.

    Book ID: 1654
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  • LABORDE, Alexandre de.
    DESCRIPTIONS DES NOUVEAUX JARDINS DE LA FRANCE. Et De Ses Anciens Chateaux Mêlée D'Observations Sur La Vie De La Campagne Et La Composition Des Jardins.

    An excellent facsimile reprint of this important pictorial record of the major picturesque gardens of France at the turn of the nineteenth century. Among the 30 properties that are illustrated here are Ermenonville, Méréville, Mortfontaine, Malmaison and Le Raincy, each represented with at least nine different views accompanied by a descriptive text in French, English and German. Laborde also provides an introductory text discussing the history of French gardens and a concluding chapter with observations on the theory of garden design. Added to this edition is a lengthy preface by Michel Baridon. Limited to 500 numbered copies.

    Publisher's cloth with gilt title on cover and spine. New.

    Book ID: 15107
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  • “PLAN COLORIÉ EN 4 PARTIES” appartenant à La Première Partie : L’ART DU JARDINIER- PAYSAGISTE; GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE. by SIEBECK, R(udolph).
    SIEBECK, R(udolph).
    “PLAN COLORIÉ EN 4 PARTIES” appartenant à La Première Partie : L’ART DU JARDINIER- PAYSAGISTE; GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE. A L'Usage Des Proprietaires, Amateurs, Architectes, Ingenieurs, Jardiniers, Etc.

    The four large hand-colored folding plates to Siebeck’s third French edition, translated from the German by J. Rothchild. These four plates - in this example, linen-backed into two - form a stunning and very large colored lithographed image 72 x 54 inches wide, that is most often missing from this third Parisian edition. Siebeck, director of public parks and gardens for the city of Vienna, had considerable success with his park and garden plans, and with his writing; in addition to his German publications, his work was translated into French and English (Joseph Newton's PICTURESQUE GARDEN PLANS, 1864; THE LANDSCAPE GARDENER, 1876; and R.H. Westley's ELEMENTS OF THE ART OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING, 1861). This enormous plan accompanied the combination of…

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    The four large hand-colored folding plates to Siebeck’s third French edition, translated from the German by J. Rothchild. These four plates - in this example, linen-backed into two - form a stunning and very large colored lithographed image 72 x 54 inches wide, that is most often missing from this third Parisian edition. Siebeck, director of public parks and gardens for the city of Vienna, had considerable success with his park and garden plans, and with his writing; in addition to his German publications, his work was translated into French and English (Joseph Newton's PICTURESQUE GARDEN PLANS, 1864; THE LANDSCAPE GARDENER, 1876; and R.H. Westley's ELEMENTS OF THE ART OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING, 1861). This enormous plan accompanied the combination of two titles which had originally appeared separately: ELEMENTS D'HORTICULTURE OU JARDINS PITTORESQUES... and GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PPAYSAGISTE. The former was issued with the four plates that combined to form one very large plan, and the latter with the 24 separate plates. These would correspond with the original German editions, DIE ELEMENTE DE LANDSCHAFTSGARTENKUNST IN EINEM PLANE DARGESTELLT...Leipzig, 1861, and IDEEN ZU KLEINEN GARTEN-ANLAGEN AUF VIERUNDZWANZIG COLORITEN PLANEN. Leipzig (1857-) 60. sEE gANAY 269, 3RD EDITION, 1870 for a complete explanation. The large hand-colored plan, composed of four folding plates, shows the outline of buildings, a long body of flowing water which forms a lake at one point, and several winding roads or paths interrupted by structures and lined with carefully placed individual or massed deciduous and coniferous trees. Rare and striking. Yes, that enormous plan. See Dochnahl p. 149 for earlier German editions.

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    Original printed paper portfolios,, edges torn and nicked; plan section in excellent condition.

    Book ID: 16500
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  • (SOCIÉTÉ DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS)
    LA GAZETTE ILLUSTRÉE DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS. Année MCMXXXV.

    No. 156 of 300 copies on papier velin superfin. This annual issue is devoted to an account of the chateaux and parks of d'Ognon and Raray written by Marguerite Charageat followed by notes of the Society and accounts of various garden visits made during 1934 & 1935. Ganay 393.

    Loose in original printed paper wrappers, as issued.

    Book ID: 12604
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  • (SOCIÉTÉ DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS)
    LA GAZETTE ILLUSTRÉE DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS. Année MCMXXX.

    No. 279 of 300 copies on papier velin superfin. This annual issue is devoted to an account of the Chateaux de Brienne by the Duc de Bauffremont. There is also a one page homage to J.C.N. Forestier written by Lucien Corpechot. Notes of the Societé and accounts of various garden visits made during 1929 follow. Ganay 393

    Loose in original printed paper wrappers, as issued; wrapper faded near spine and with minor tear on back.

    Book ID: 12605
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  • BLOOK, Miniature. A nineteenth century mirror case or compact in the form of a bound book. With a handcut gilt paper inscription within.

    A very beautifully preserved blook miniature. The “binding” is green ribbed cloth with five raised bands in gilt decorative paper on the spine. Upper and lower covers are framed with the same bands of gilt decorative paper ; upper cover also has a gilt paper design in the central panel. Paper covered edges are gilt. When opened, the blook displays its original mirror, gilt framed, on the upper board. On the lower board is a gilt framed decoratively cut inscription, also executed in gilt paper saying: “ M.E./qui vous/M.” This inscription is set against a turquoise paper and protected by a transparent glass-type surface.

    The mirror has lost silvering, but the item is in fine condition.

    Book ID: 16602
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  • (Paper-braiding)
    WEISS, Hilda.
    FLECHTSCHULE (cover title).

    A handsome and skillfully made German leporello paper braiding album with 20 original pattern plates from the late 19th century. Often identified as a Biedermeier-style pastime activity for women, paper-braiding (with specifically made glossy paper slips) gained educational status as one of Froebel’s gifts - No. 14. For children, it could be considered an exercise in “spatial reasoning”; adults would find mathematical challenges in working out the designs. (see Introduction: Froebel’s Gifts. archive. bridgesmathart.org/2011bridges 2011). Both the cover and the interior offer attractive designs for display.

    Original paper boards; old and slight damp (or glue?) staining, faint on upper cover, a bit more visible on lower cover; upper cover with braiding design bordering gilt title and author/creator’s name; enclosing 20 stiff mounted cardboard sheets with constructed woven paper patterns, 2 patterns or variations of a pattern to one sheet on most examples, in brown and cream paper slips. Very good.

    Book ID: 16647
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  • (Artificial Flower Making)
    LE LIVRE DES FLEURS EN PAPIER. by ROUGET DE L'ISLE, Mme.(Claude Joseph).
    ROUGET DE L'ISLE, Mme.(Claude Joseph).
    LE LIVRE DES FLEURS EN PAPIER. Et Des Ouvrages En Perles (cover title).

    A very well preserved little text providing instructions for making flowers out of paper, pearls, hair, and silk (the latter two described by a M. Croizet). The written instructions refer to plates showing various flower parts to be cut out and fashioned together with examples of finished products, including decorative trimmings made of pearls. This is a volume in the series BIBLIOTHÈQUE de la MAITRESSE de MAISON. A list of approximately 50 other titles in the series is printed on the lower cover. Each title was sold separately. In OCLC we locate no copies in American libraries. THere is one separate copy in BNFr and another copy bound in with a group of other titles from the series, also at…

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    A very well preserved little text providing instructions for making flowers out of paper, pearls, hair, and silk (the latter two described by a M. Croizet). The written instructions refer to plates showing various flower parts to be cut out and fashioned together with examples of finished products, including decorative trimmings made of pearls. This is a volume in the series BIBLIOTHÈQUE de la MAITRESSE de MAISON. A list of approximately 50 other titles in the series is printed on the lower cover. Each title was sold separately. In OCLC we locate no copies in American libraries. THere is one separate copy in BNFr and another copy bound in with a group of other titles from the series, also at BNFr. Of Paper, Pearl, Hair, and Silk

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    Original printed pink paper covers in very good condition; very slight internal foxing, mostly to fore-edges; A very good copy.

    Book ID: 16614
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  • (Botanical Illlustration); (Nursery Trade)
    SEVEN COLORED AMERICAN NURSERYMEN'S PLATES
    SEVEN COLORED AMERICAN NURSERYMEN'S PLATES

    A small unbound sampling of seven American nurserymen’s color plates, mostly from diverse Rochester, N.Y. printers. These plates, demonstrating both chromolithography and stencil or theorem color production, were produced mostly in Rochester, New York, in the second half of the 19th, and beginning of the 20th centuries, to assist and/or accompany” tree pedlars” or nurserymen and nursery salesmen in promoting the sales of the area’s booming nursery business. As described in Karl Sanford Kabelac’s “Nineteenth-Century Rochester Fruit and Flower Plates” ( Vol. XXXV, 1982 Univ.of Rochester Library Bulletin), salesmen were able to buy these plates in individual assortments or bound, sometimes mixing printers depending upon their needs. Here we have three chromolithographs - a Crawford’s Late Peach, an Early Canada…

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    A small unbound sampling of seven American nurserymen’s color plates, mostly from diverse Rochester, N.Y. printers. These plates, demonstrating both chromolithography and stencil or theorem color production, were produced mostly in Rochester, New York, in the second half of the 19th, and beginning of the 20th centuries, to assist and/or accompany” tree pedlars” or nurserymen and nursery salesmen in promoting the sales of the area’s booming nursery business. As described in Karl Sanford Kabelac’s “Nineteenth-Century Rochester Fruit and Flower Plates” ( Vol. XXXV, 1982 Univ.of Rochester Library Bulletin), salesmen were able to buy these plates in individual assortments or bound, sometimes mixing printers depending upon their needs. Here we have three chromolithographs - a Crawford’s Late Peach, an Early Canada Peach, and a Dickinson apple - by Stecher Lithographic Co. and its earlier incarnation, Mensing & Stecher. These would have been printed after 1878, with the Crawford’s Late produced in the late 1880s by Stecher alone. Kabelac identifies Franck A. Stecher as “a leader in the chromolithographic industry in Rochester.” The other four plates appear to be stencil or theorems, possibly with some color lithographed detail. The only one with an identified printer is the Dutchman’s Pipe “drawn and colored from Nature by C.M. Search” a horticultural painter as well as a fruit plate producer from the 1880s. Many of these plates were bound into portfolios or book albums and their owner/salesmen were encouraged to keep the plates as clean of thumb-soiling as possible after showing them to their fruit and flower buying clients. The plates could also be replaced in some of the portfolios. This grouping provides an interesting little study of the various methods of impressing the public with the color available from the nurserymen’s offerings.

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    With some light thumb-soiling, a bit heavier on one stencil or theorem; on one stencil, some adhesion blemishes from a protective overslip; descriptive text at bottom margins often trimmed, as usual.

    Book ID: 16694
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  • (COBRA Artist’s Garden)
    “Jorn”/ “Le jardin D'Albisola” (penned title). Amateur Photo Album. by (PELLON, Gina),
    (PELLON, Gina),
    “Jorn”/ “Le jardin D'Albisola” (penned title). Amateur Photo Album.

    A dated album containing amateur colour photographs of COBRA artist Asger Jorn’s house exterior and garden at Albisolla in Italy. One of the photos shows the smiling COBRA-inspired Cuban artist Gina Pellon on the site. Jorn was a Danish artist who co-founded the avant-garde COBRA movement and was fundamental in the Situationist International Movement. Among many other things, Jorn was a ceramicist as is evident in the photos shown here around his Italian residence. Jorn evidently used ceramic fragments from local factories in his murals and sculptural objects. His house and garden in Albisolla on the Italian Riviera was both a refuge and the site of creativity for him in the post-War years. At his death, the villa went to…

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    A dated album containing amateur colour photographs of COBRA artist Asger Jorn’s house exterior and garden at Albisolla in Italy. One of the photos shows the smiling COBRA-inspired Cuban artist Gina Pellon on the site. Jorn was a Danish artist who co-founded the avant-garde COBRA movement and was fundamental in the Situationist International Movement. Among many other things, Jorn was a ceramicist as is evident in the photos shown here around his Italian residence. Jorn evidently used ceramic fragments from local factories in his murals and sculptural objects. His house and garden in Albisolla on the Italian Riviera was both a refuge and the site of creativity for him in the post-War years. At his death, the villa went to the local municipality, which has slowly brought it back to life. At the time of this photo album the work was still in progress. Unique. With a photo of Gina Pellon at Albisolla.

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    15 color photographs in a narrow cloth bound photo-album; with ‘ “Jorn” “ Le Jardin D’Albisola ” - 8/6/02’ inscribed in white ink on black photo album endpapers. Very good.

    Book ID: 16688
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  • ALBUM DU PAYSAGISTE POUR L'ARRANGEMENT DES PARCS ET DES JARDINS. by COURVAL, Vicomte de.
    COURVAL, Vicomte de.
    ALBUM DU PAYSAGISTE POUR L'ARRANGEMENT DES PARCS ET DES JARDINS. 23 Planches Contenant 300 Croquis.

    This rare pattern book for park and garden structures was published posthumously by the author's wife from sketchbooks prepared by him over several years. Courval was proprietor of the Chateau de Pinon (Aisne), an ancestral domaine noted for its large picturesque park. He was a determined experimental arborist whose innovative and widely adopted system for the pruning of large trees was first published in 1859 under the title TAILLE ET CONDUITE DES ARBRES FORESTIERS. The discoveries described there all took place at Pinon. In addition to his experiments with trees, however, Courval also managed his extensive property for picturesque effect. A contemporary visitor to the park described it as follows: "The park is splendid, a real domain, all the paths…

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    This rare pattern book for park and garden structures was published posthumously by the author's wife from sketchbooks prepared by him over several years. Courval was proprietor of the Chateau de Pinon (Aisne), an ancestral domaine noted for its large picturesque park. He was a determined experimental arborist whose innovative and widely adopted system for the pruning of large trees was first published in 1859 under the title TAILLE ET CONDUITE DES ARBRES FORESTIERS. The discoveries described there all took place at Pinon. In addition to his experiments with trees, however, Courval also managed his extensive property for picturesque effect. A contemporary visitor to the park described it as follows: "The park is splendid, a real domain, all the paths and alleys beautifully kept and every description of tree -- M. de Courval was always trying experiments with foreign trees and shrubs and apparently most successfully. I think the park would have been charming in its natural state, as there was a pretty little river running through the grounds and some tangles of bushes and rocks that looked quite wild -- it might have been in the middle of the forest but everything had been done to assist nature. There were a pièce d'eau, cascades, little bridges thrown over the river in picturesque spots, and on the highest point a tower (donjon), which was most effective, looked quite the old feudal towers of which so few remain now." (quoted from CHATEAU AND COUNTRY LIFE IN FRANCE by Mary King Waddington). The decorative features of the park were apparently also the creation of this talented amateur, who kept several notebooks to record his ideas. The wide range of subject matter includes rustic bridges and out buildings; gates and benches; urns; tools; sign posts; potted shrubs; and almost anything else that might find a place in a French rural private park at the end of the 19th century. Publication of the volume was clearly undertaken as a tribute by the author's widow, whose social standing (or large purse) may have persuaded Rothschild, the most important publisher in the field, to add it to his list. It was not a commercial success and is now quite rare. OCLC locates copies at Princeton and at Dumbarton Oaks and COPAC locates the British Library and British Library Reference Collections copy. CCfr locates two additional copies. The work was apparently unknown to Ganay. “The park is splendid, a real domain...”

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    Original printed boards, worn and soiled, repaired at corners and at cracks along top margin; new cloth spine; new endpapers; preliminary pages foxed, plates clean.

    Book ID: 16739
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  • (Ferns)
    DARJEELING FERNS ( cover title). by JAFFREY, Mrs. (Phoebe).
    JAFFREY, Mrs. (Phoebe).
    DARJEELING FERNS ( cover title).

    A well preserved and beautiful collection of large mounted Indian ferns assembled and arranged by Mrs. Phoebe Jaffrey and identified with her printed pink label, “Mounted By/ Mrs. P. Jaffrey/ Darjeeling ” on the front paste down. With an elegant calligraphic ownership inscription serving as bookplate of “Elizabeth E. Hawkins/ April 15, 1882” also on the front pastedown. The single large specimens in golden yellow, a bit of off white, varied greens and browns, fill the plates ( 45.5 x 32.5 cm). There are some examples of smaller ferns grouped together on one plate. Each is accompanied by a stamped label calling for Genus, Species and Patria filled in by hand in ink. The last specimen is dated 1881. Mrs.…

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    A well preserved and beautiful collection of large mounted Indian ferns assembled and arranged by Mrs. Phoebe Jaffrey and identified with her printed pink label, “Mounted By/ Mrs. P. Jaffrey/ Darjeeling ” on the front paste down. With an elegant calligraphic ownership inscription serving as bookplate of “Elizabeth E. Hawkins/ April 15, 1882” also on the front pastedown. The single large specimens in golden yellow, a bit of off white, varied greens and browns, fill the plates ( 45.5 x 32.5 cm). There are some examples of smaller ferns grouped together on one plate. Each is accompanied by a stamped label calling for Genus, Species and Patria filled in by hand in ink. The last specimen is dated 1881. Mrs. Jaffrey, third wife of Andrew Thomas Jeffrey, who was curator of Darjeeling ‘s Lloyd Botanic Gardensr from 1875 to 1885, made and sold these collections in both single volumes and sets. Jaffrey positioned her ferns gracefully and managed to bring out their interesting textures and markings even when dried. Additionally, she positioned moss at the base of each specimen. Other albums from Mrs. Jaffrey are held at the Natural History Museum, London, the University of St. Andrews, Dundee, and Ireland’s Glasnevin National Botanic Garden. With an elegant calligraphic ownership inscription.

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    Contemporary three quarter leather, cloth over boards with gilt title on upper cover, scuffed and worn; upper cover bulging a bit; internally there are a few small dark spots and edge chips on the plate paper, occasional minor piece of foliage lacking and some residue in the gutters, but, still remarkably well preserved.

    Book ID: 16676
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  • (Flowers Personified).
    LE CHATEAU DES FLEURS. by DELASALLE, R. (Mme. Theodore Midy)
    DELASALLE, R. (Mme. Theodore Midy)
    LE CHATEAU DES FLEURS.

    Illustrated with eight amusing and lovely two-toned lithographed plates of animated flowers. Six of the plates depict people transformed into flowers, with four examples on each plate. The other two plates depict scenes with an Enchanteur or Magician and human beings at the beginning and end of this fantastic tale. The story is loosely based on a variation of the German Faustus the Enchanteur legend, but it is the artistic treatment of the personified flowers that is of interest here. The flower bodies with human heads are similar to Grandville’s illustrations for LES FLEURS ANIMÉES of 1847, but here they are more defined as flowers. The artist’s signature on many of the plates is “Bertrand”; the printer is Becquet, Paris.…

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    Illustrated with eight amusing and lovely two-toned lithographed plates of animated flowers. Six of the plates depict people transformed into flowers, with four examples on each plate. The other two plates depict scenes with an Enchanteur or Magician and human beings at the beginning and end of this fantastic tale. The story is loosely based on a variation of the German Faustus the Enchanteur legend, but it is the artistic treatment of the personified flowers that is of interest here. The flower bodies with human heads are similar to Grandville’s illustrations for LES FLEURS ANIMÉES of 1847, but here they are more defined as flowers. The artist’s signature on many of the plates is “Bertrand”; the printer is Becquet, Paris. The author was Rosine de La Salle Theodore Midy who wrote quite a number of works for children, including LA BOTANIQUE ILLUSTRÉE DE LA JEUNESSE and L’ALPHABET. The book is bound in printed floral paper covers with rusticated borders, signed L. Poguet. The covers also bear the name of the publisher Auguste Ghio, Palais-Royal. We find one copy with a different publisher (A. Courcier) at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Tolbiac; another copy is identified, but not located, in OCLC with a Library of Education publisher. Theodore Rosine de la Salle Midy was also published by Library of Education and A. Courcier - this is likely the same person. A very scarce Romantic floral fantasy. In the Style of Grandville

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    Original decoratively printed paper covered boards, professionally re-backed in red cloth, upper corners skillfully reinforced, soiling and some nicking to extremities of paper; new endpapers at front successfully co-ordinated with original rear endpapers; infrequent light scattered foxing.

    Book ID: 16667
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  • (Greenhouses)
    AN UNUSUAL VIEW OF “CLAIES” COVERING A GLASSHOUSE. by French Watercolour.
    French Watercolour.
    AN UNUSUAL VIEW OF “CLAIES” COVERING A GLASSHOUSE.

    An accomplished watercolour showing a greenhouse completely covered in the pale green wooden slate screen once used regularly in glass house cultivation. The structure is set within an area laid out with trees, bedding plants, and paths. A decorative doorway and a flexible ladder over the top of the house distinguish the drawing. Probably from an album or a series of sketches. Very attractive.

    Watercolour sketch on paper; edges unfinished. In very good condition. Simple, temporary paper mat provided.

    Book ID: 16580
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  • (Journal - Garden Notes)
    GARDEN BOOK IN THREE PARTS. by HAYWOOD, R.B. (publisher).
    HAYWOOD, R.B. (publisher).
    GARDEN BOOK IN THREE PARTS.

    An unusual survival, a large, handsomely bound early 20th century garden notebook completely unfilled. Although its pages are left blank, the journal is printed in three parts: Part 1: notes for planting trees and shrubs; notes for planting bulbs, plant and seeds; notes for planting, etc. Fruit and Vegetables. Part 2 is arranged for a record of trees and shrubs planted; record of bulbs, plants and seeds planted; record of fruit and vegetables planted. Part 3 is for garden sundries, with columns for dates and prices. In Part 1 blue and red lines divide up columns for name, description and “where obtainable”; in Part 2, red lines form columns for name, “Where Obtained,” “Where planted,” and “Price.” Parts 1 and…

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    An unusual survival, a large, handsomely bound early 20th century garden notebook completely unfilled. Although its pages are left blank, the journal is printed in three parts: Part 1: notes for planting trees and shrubs; notes for planting bulbs, plant and seeds; notes for planting, etc. Fruit and Vegetables. Part 2 is arranged for a record of trees and shrubs planted; record of bulbs, plants and seeds planted; record of fruit and vegetables planted. Part 3 is for garden sundries, with columns for dates and prices. In Part 1 blue and red lines divide up columns for name, description and “where obtainable”; in Part 2, red lines form columns for name, “Where Obtained,” “Where planted,” and “Price.” Parts 1 and 2 also contain a printed alphabetical index for finding plants in the journal. On the spine of the volume, at the bottom, appear the initials “B.S. F-P.”, perhaps designating its destination for use by a botanical society. Very pleasing in weight and purpose. For a serious gardener perhaps. “An Open Book”

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    Original Straight-grained goat with gilt upper cover titled “Garden Notes Etc.” and gilt lettered and numbered spine; some rubbing to extremities, but still well preserved.

    Book ID: 16670
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  • (Parks - France)
    VUES DU CHATEAU ET DU PARC DE BRIMBORION Á SEVRES (Seine & Oise). by (GILON, photographer)
    (GILON, photographer)
    VUES DU CHATEAU ET DU PARC DE BRIMBORION Á SEVRES (Seine & Oise).

    This large album with original photographs of the Parc De Brimborion was made for Herrmann Oppenheim who acquired this estate along the Seine after the Franco-Prussian war. It had once been the property of Madame de Coislin, a mistress of Louis XV, who had employed Bellanger to develop the estate in the jardin anglais style. The property, not to be confused with Madame de Pompadour’s nearby Pavillon Brimborion, was largely destroyed during the war of 1870 and acquired by the banker Oppenheim who rebuilt and restored it in its original Second Empire style. This, too was destroyed in the first half of the 20th century, but we are afforded a glimpse of its final existence as private property and garden…

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    This large album with original photographs of the Parc De Brimborion was made for Herrmann Oppenheim who acquired this estate along the Seine after the Franco-Prussian war. It had once been the property of Madame de Coislin, a mistress of Louis XV, who had employed Bellanger to develop the estate in the jardin anglais style. The property, not to be confused with Madame de Pompadour’s nearby Pavillon Brimborion, was largely destroyed during the war of 1870 and acquired by the banker Oppenheim who rebuilt and restored it in its original Second Empire style. This, too was destroyed in the first half of the 20th century, but we are afforded a glimpse of its final existence as private property and garden by this 1875 album. There are 32 views of the property, each separately mounted on rectos, of which approximately 13 are views of the grounds, such as: “pelouse de la grille ”;“arrivée par les rochers” ;“grande pelouse ”;“escalier du jardin de l’orangerie”; jardin de l’orangerie”; “la vacherie dans le parc”;“kiosque de la grande pelouse”, etc. There are also exterior views of the château, chapel, and chalet, and, also, interior views of formal rooms and photos of equestrian interest. A view of the approach to the chateau lined with rocky slopes attests to the fact that the land was once a quarry for the chateau de Bellevue on the hill above the estate. Today, what is left of the grounds and park is now open to the public. Photographic vestige of a Second Empire-style Estate.

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    Bound in heavy green cloth, stained, with quarter green gilt leather spine split more than half way along the upper spine edge; foxing to oversheets and, to lesser degree on photos and backing sheets; some photos faded; two card sheets loose. This is a very heavy album; postage will be charged at cost.

    Book ID: 16690
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  • (Parks - Paris)
    LE JARDIN ATLANTIQUE (spine title). by ANONYMOUS.
    ANONYMOUS.
    LE JARDIN ATLANTIQUE (spine title). A PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DOCUMENTING THE PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTION OVER TWENTY YEARS.

    Photographic documentation of a surprising garden creation in central Paris: the building of Le Jardin Atlantique above the train tracks of the Gare Montparnasse. This documentation begins in 1973, before the landscape architects Francois Brun, Michel Pena, and Christine Pena won their proposal to design the marine themed garden (see Racine, CREATEURS DE JARDINS ET DE PAYSAGES EN FRANCE DU XIXe SIECLE. pp.333-4) that was meant to rest above the station tracks that led to the West Coast of France. This was a bold undertaking that involved raising a new level on twelve pillars above the train tracks in an area over 3 hectares. The steps involved in this are the subject of this album. The first shot was taken…

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    Photographic documentation of a surprising garden creation in central Paris: the building of Le Jardin Atlantique above the train tracks of the Gare Montparnasse. This documentation begins in 1973, before the landscape architects Francois Brun, Michel Pena, and Christine Pena won their proposal to design the marine themed garden (see Racine, CREATEURS DE JARDINS ET DE PAYSAGES EN FRANCE DU XIXe SIECLE. pp.333-4) that was meant to rest above the station tracks that led to the West Coast of France. This was a bold undertaking that involved raising a new level on twelve pillars above the train tracks in an area over 3 hectares. The steps involved in this are the subject of this album. The first shot was taken from the interior of one of the large apartment buildings that surround the garden itself and the station complex. Its focus is on the apartment window sill where vintage garden tools, as well as other artefacts, are displayed on the shelf overlooking the visible train tracks. There are several shots directly centring on the tracks from the same viewpoint, with the tops of the Eiffel Tower and Invalides visible in the distance, and others shots from different directions at night, in the snow, etc. taken in the early 80s. In 1988, the photos begin to show considerable construction on the site and, by May, 1989, we can see the beginning of the elevation of the dalle or platform elevated above the tracks on concrete pillars, which included the elevation of a building to be used for a WWII museum. By 1992 the dalle seems to be complete and the construction of garden features begun, including undulating paths, climbing structures and ship mast-like lighting fixtures, and plantings. There are photographs of the blue tiled, ocean- themed walls, the waterways, the wavelike wall structures and wooden planked walkways, a children’s playground in a setting of beach sand, and an elevated pavilion suggesting the brig of a ship. The beautifully plant-enclosed tennis courts are paved in blue and the whole garden is well used today by residents; yet it remains a hidden surprise within the walls of the urban commercial and residential buildings surrounding it. A connection to the train concourse is maintained by ventilator shafts that allow the sounds of departure and arrival announcements to be heard above. Hidden above the Gare Montparanasse.

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    Contemporary photo album in black simulated leather; penned title on paper label on spine; black paper leaves mounted with original photographs in both black and white and in colour. Fine condition.

    Book ID: 16678
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  • (Trade Card - lawnmowers, railings, pumps, wind engines)
    CHROMOLITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD “BOOKLET” by (MAST, FOOS & CO.)
    (MAST, FOOS & CO.)
    CHROMOLITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD “BOOKLET” of mostly BUCKEYE Horticultural and Agricultural Products.

    An amusing late 19th century American set of square advertising cards held together by a grommet at the upper right corners enabling the reader to go through an illustrated “story”. In a progression from “Admiration” through “Flirtation,” “Tribulation” to “Termination,” a little outdoor garden romance takes place in the four scenes with a lady mowing a lawn attracting a gentleman pumping water (with a wind turbine in the background) and ending up with the two embracing at a decorative iron gate. On the “versos” of the chromolithographed scenes are advertisements for Mast, Foos & Co.’s wind engine Buckeye iron fence, Buckeye junior lawnmower, and Buckeye force pump. Get out there and create your garden with the latest enhancements and equipment!…

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    An amusing late 19th century American set of square advertising cards held together by a grommet at the upper right corners enabling the reader to go through an illustrated “story”. In a progression from “Admiration” through “Flirtation,” “Tribulation” to “Termination,” a little outdoor garden romance takes place in the four scenes with a lady mowing a lawn attracting a gentleman pumping water (with a wind turbine in the background) and ending up with the two embracing at a decorative iron gate. On the “versos” of the chromolithographed scenes are advertisements for Mast, Foos & Co.’s wind engine Buckeye iron fence, Buckeye junior lawnmower, and Buckeye force pump. Get out there and create your garden with the latest enhancements and equipment! Watch out for the cat’s tail while mowing the lawn

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    One side of each of the four cards is printed with a chromolithographed illustration; the “verso” is lithographed with advertising text in black, bearing the imprint “Coback & Co. Lith. Buffalo, N.Y.” In very good condition.

    Book ID: 16689
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  • (Trade Catalogue - Garden Ornaments)
    CATALOGUE OF CAST-IRON GARDEN VASES, by (JONES J.)
    (JONES J.)
    CATALOGUE OF CAST-IRON GARDEN VASES, Chairs, Seats, Tables, Stools, Hand Glass Frames, Garden Rollers, Etc. Kept In Stock By J. Jones, Iron Merchant, and Hot-Water Apparatus Manufacturer.

    An elegant little catalogue with its title printed in a variety of typeface, fancy and plain, and with detailed engraved illustrations in the text. As stated by the manufacturer, this catalogue of cast-iron garden ornaments accompanied Jones’s larger general catalogue. He praises the durability of his cast-iron over stone, cement, wood, etc. He also notes that his seats, chairs, and stairs can be easily assembled and reassembled. Shown are two vases with pedestals, two tables (rustic and stool), an ornamental chair, a rustic bench, glass frame and garden roller. Each item is priced, measurements are given, and, where applicable, different sizes and finishes are noted. We have not located this item in OCLC.

    Sewn pamphlet, removed, with relatively large illustrations.

    Book ID: 16684
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  • ( Architecture-Hungary)
    NADAI, Pal
    HAZ KERT NAPFENY (House Garden Sun).

    First edition. Art Deco influences are shown abundantly in this wide-ranging domestic architecture book including everything from potted plants to exterior architecture. Featured architects and designers include: Schneider Karoly; Fritz Breuhaus; J.J. Adnet etc. Text and illustrations in photograph and drawing are very attractively framed within a green printed border. For Hungarian Houses and Gardens.

    Original green cloth backed silver paper covered boards with decorative cover in red and green on upper cover, printed red seal on lower cover; covers are gently scuffed; edges, including spine ends, minimally rubbed or bumped; very faint scattered foxing to text. Overall, a nice copy.

    Book ID: 16706
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