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  • "No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat'raliz'd by use"
    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.

    London: W. Bulmer and Co. 1794. First edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dominate 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 Benjamin Pouncy from drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles. Henrey 900. 4to (28.5 cm. x 22 cm.); (iv) + 77 pp. + 3 plates (2 folding).

    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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  • "garden projects..as utopian texts"
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR.

    n.p.: Bernard Lassus, 1975. 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,…

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    n.p.: Bernard Lassus, 1975. 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. Folio (55 x 36 cm); loose, as issued, in heavy paper folder; 16 unnumbered pages printed on papier d'Arches with 4 text illustrations + 3 plates from drawings (impressions measuring 21 x 28.5; 29 x 20; and 20.5 x 22.5 cm., respectively), 2 illustrating the garden and 1 showing its site.

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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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  • Learn your Lettuces
    AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS. by SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS.

    N.P. (Bruyères -Le-Chatel) (Simon Louis Frères & Cie.) ca. 1930. Quite a stunning presentation album of seed packet label samples with all the plants shown printed in full color against a black background. These are displayed, usually 6 to a page, on tan card stock printed decoratively in light gray with the monogram of the firm and simple frame outlines for the placement of the illustrations. Both vegetables and flowers are shown; the colors are vibrant and the detail, particularly with the vegetables, is both informative and artistic. All designs are labeled. If you want to be able to recognize all your French lettuces, you have only to study these. Unusual and very uncommon. Oblong album (26.5 x 36 cm);…

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    N.P. (Bruyères -Le-Chatel) (Simon Louis Frères & Cie.) ca. 1930. Quite a stunning presentation album of seed packet label samples with all the plants shown printed in full color against a black background. These are displayed, usually 6 to a page, on tan card stock printed decoratively in light gray with the monogram of the firm and simple frame outlines for the placement of the illustrations. Both vegetables and flowers are shown; the colors are vibrant and the detail, particularly with the vegetables, is both informative and artistic. All designs are labeled. If you want to be able to recognize all your French lettuces, you have only to study these. Unusual and very uncommon. Oblong album (26.5 x 36 cm); with color printed seed packet label designs tipped in to each of 70 unnumbered pages, usually 6 to a page, fewer on about 4 pages; in all, there are approximately 400 color printed labels, each measuring 9 x 5 cm.

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    Original stiff paper covers, upper cover printed in brown and gold with the firm's title, location and monogram; stabbed and tied with original cord; rear cover soiled, corners dog-earred and edges a bit nicked; adhesion blemishes on 4 or 5 samples, else fine.

    Book ID: 16451
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  • A Pataphysicist's Garden
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title). by (Art Brut) Sigoda, Pascal.
    (Art Brut) Sigoda, Pascal.
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title).

    N.P. Cymbalum Pataphysicum. 1985. 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…

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    N.P. Cymbalum Pataphysicum. 1985. 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.   Bound printed typescript, 34 pp. printed on rectos only; 29.5 x 2lcm; 10 full page and 5 half page illustrations from photographs.

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

    Paris: Logerot, n.d. (ca. 1860). 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.   Wide-margined lithographed map measuring 50 x 65 cm ; impression at 40 x 52 cm.

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

    Book ID: 16483
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  • The Bois de Boulogne Before Alphand.
    PLAN DU PARC DE BOULOGNE by (Bois de Boulogne) POYARS, C.
    (Bois de Boulogne) POYARS, C.
    PLAN DU PARC DE BOULOGNE Levé et Exécuté sous l'Administration de Monsieur le Compte de Montalivet.

    n.p. 1836. A early plan of  the park before it's redesign as one of the "bookends" of Paris carried out by Alphand and Haussmann under Napoleon III. In this plan we see the park, long a hunting ground for the king, later an encampment for soldiers, in its state after Napoleon I and some sixteen years before the great transformation undertaken by Napoleon III. The area shown on the map stretches from the Arc de Triomphe/Barrière de l'Étoile in the east to Porte de Boulogne in the northwest; from the Seine, Parc de Bagatelle, Madrid and St. James in the north, to Ranelagh, La Muette and Passy in the south. The Pepinière d'Étude is listed between the Fond Des Princes…

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    n.p. 1836. A early plan of  the park before it's redesign as one of the "bookends" of Paris carried out by Alphand and Haussmann under Napoleon III. In this plan we see the park, long a hunting ground for the king, later an encampment for soldiers, in its state after Napoleon I and some sixteen years before the great transformation undertaken by Napoleon III. The area shown on the map stretches from the Arc de Triomphe/Barrière de l'Étoile in the east to Porte de Boulogne in the northwest; from the Seine, Parc de Bagatelle, Madrid and St. James in the north, to Ranelagh, La Muette and Passy in the south. The Pepinière d'Étude is listed between the Fond Des Princes and Auteuil. The large allées and smaller routes are shown criss-crossing the entire area and there are small figures or text indicating the locations of pavilions, bridges, buildings rond-points and water bodies. A very useful document for anyone studying the origins of the Parisian park system. Folding lithographed map in 18 sections, mounted on linen, 51 x 68 cm; impression, 47.5 x 66 cm.

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    In contemporary linen-backed folding format with impression in 18 sections; dusty, and with some very light foxing, but otherwise in very good condition.

    Book ID: 16496
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  • By The Head Gardener At Villa Thuret
    LES JARDINS DANS LA RÉGION DE L'ORANGER. by (Botanical Gardens - Mediterrean) MARCHAIS, A.
    (Botanical Gardens - Mediterrean) MARCHAIS, A.
    LES JARDINS DANS LA RÉGION DE L'ORANGER.

    N.P.; n.p., n.d. (ca. 1885). "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…

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    N.P.; n.p., n.d. (ca. 1885). "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.  8vo (17.8 x 11.5 cm); 332 + 2 + (1) pp.

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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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  • The Designer of Le Vésinet, The First "Ville-Parc" of Suburban France.
    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.

    Paris Dentu, 1863 (reprint 1982). 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…

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    Paris Dentu, 1863 (reprint 1982). 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. 4to (31.5 x 24.4 cm); (2) + 37 + 60 pp.

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    Original heavy paper wraps.

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

    Paris: Fleury Chavant, 1837. 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…

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    Paris: Fleury Chavant, 1837. 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.  12mo (18 x 11.5 cm); 143 pp. with ads + 4 lithographed plates.

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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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  • COURONNE DE FLORE by ( Flower Painting and FlowerLore ) DESBORDES-VALMORE (Marcelline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    ( Flower Painting and FlowerLore ) DESBORDES-VALMORE (Marcelline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    COURONNE DE FLORE Mélanges De Poésie Et De Prose.

    Paris: Louis Janet n.d. ( ca. 1837). A beautifully hand-colored edition of a very scarce book - this version rare, indeed.   This "gift book" was offered by its publisher to accompany a rare series of coloured lithographs entitled LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS. It comprises brief essays and poetry on individual flowers by early nineteenth century French women writers  - and Jules Baget and Mrs. Hemans -  and is embellished with four exquisitely hand watercoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Lucy de Beaurepaire, Olympe Arson and Jules Dumas. A. Roulliet was the lithographer.  The selection opens with Jules Baget's poem entitled "La Naissance Des Fleurs" in which he praises artists, Redouté in particular, for their ability to…

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    Paris: Louis Janet n.d. ( ca. 1837). A beautifully hand-colored edition of a very scarce book - this version rare, indeed.   This "gift book" was offered by its publisher to accompany a rare series of coloured lithographs entitled LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS. It comprises brief essays and poetry on individual flowers by early nineteenth century French women writers  - and Jules Baget and Mrs. Hemans -  and is embellished with four exquisitely hand watercoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Lucy de Beaurepaire, Olympe Arson and Jules Dumas. A. Roulliet was the lithographer.  The selection opens with Jules Baget's poem entitled "La Naissance Des Fleurs" in which he praises artists, Redouté in particular, for their ability to preserve the fleeting beauty of flowers by their art. Madame La Comtesse de Brade writes on the history and lore of the tulip, the violet, the apple and the lily, while other contributors offer poems to individual flowers. Each water-coloured lithographed plate marks a season represented by a flower or flower bouquet surrounded by a decoratively printed hand- coloured border. The lettering of the title page is also hand-coloured.  In 1837, Fleury Chavant published LA COURRONE DE FLORE (Vicaire p. 1044) which resembles this title in every respect but for the publisher, and the title page. Fleury Chavant's ads for lithographic work, noting this title, are included at the end of the text. In the Fleury Chavant imprint, the title page informs the reader that the book is designed to accompany LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS, a series of 50 sheets imprinted with designs of flower drawings and poetry, but this is an elusive piece noted only as "original art " in Bnf. As Louis Janet was famous for his production of gift books, we surmise this was an initial effort to produce one from the Fleury Chavant plates lithographed in blue. The plain silk-paper over boards binding here could possibly have been prepared for a decorative slipcover or box. We have located no copies with the Janet imprint in OCLC, COPAC, the European Catalogue or CCFr.  18 mo (16.4 x 10.5 cm);143 pp with hand-coloring on half title and title page;7 pp. ads included, all text printed in blue ink, with blue printed borders +4 hand-colored full page lithographed illustrations with tissue guards.

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    Original cream silk-covered paper over boards, without impression, with very small tear at spine head mended, light hand-soiling a.e.g; moire patterned endpapers; light to moderate foxing throughout, but plates unblemished.

    Book ID: 16510
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  • Enormous Hand-Coloured Park Plan.
    LARGE FOLDING PLAN FROM SIEBECK'S GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE  A L'Usage Des Proprietaires, Amateurs, Architectes, Ingenieurs, Jardiniers, Etc.  by SIEBECK, R(udolph).
    SIEBECK, R(udolph).
    LARGE FOLDING PLAN FROM SIEBECK'S GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE  A L'Usage Des Proprietaires, Amateurs, Architectes, Ingenieurs, Jardiniers, Etc. 

    Paris: J. Rothschild 1870. The huge hand-coloured plan offered here was issued to accompany the third French edition of Siebeck's GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE, originally published in German.  It shows the layout and planting detail for a park in the English landscape style promoted by Siebeck in his several publications.  The striking feature of the plan is its size, which opens out to 164 x 143 cm.  Because the park that it illustrates covers roughly three square kilometers these dimensions are required in order to show all its features in sufficient detail. These include the outline of buildings, a long body of flowing water which at one point forms a lake, and several winding roads or paths interrupted by structures…

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    Paris: J. Rothschild 1870. The huge hand-coloured plan offered here was issued to accompany the third French edition of Siebeck's GUIDE PRATIQUE DU JARDINIER-PAYSAGISTE, originally published in German.  It shows the layout and planting detail for a park in the English landscape style promoted by Siebeck in his several publications.  The striking feature of the plan is its size, which opens out to 164 x 143 cm.  Because the park that it illustrates covers roughly three square kilometers these dimensions are required in order to show all its features in sufficient detail. These include the outline of buildings, a long body of flowing water which at one point forms a lake, and several winding roads or paths interrupted by structures and lined with carefully placed individual or massed deciduous and coniferous trees.  The bibliographic evolution of this work is complicated and confusing. (Details of the French editions are described in Ganay 269).  There are several earlier editions in German, French and English which include a set of plates in a much smaller format.  However, the large plate described here only appeared with the third French edition, translated and published by Rothschild. It appeared with the first part of the work under the heading of "Theory."  There was also a separate part devoted to "Practice" which is not present here.  It is presumed that a German version was also published, but we have not been able to identify it.  The large plate was also accompanied by an explanatory text, in-18, which is not present here. Rare. (164 x 143 cm); in two halves (4 parts), folded into 16 sections, each 47 x 36.5 cm; in printed wrapper. 

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    Plan well preserved; printed paper wrapper chipped and soiled; folds on plan are neatly re-enforced with cloth tape, as issued.

    Book ID: 16491
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  • Jardins d'hivers, Orangeries, Greenhouses
    SERRES ET CHAUFFAGES. by (Trade Catalogue - Greenhouses & Conservatories) GUILLOT - PELLETIER FILS & Cie.
    (Trade Catalogue - Greenhouses & Conservatories) GUILLOT - PELLETIER FILS & Cie.
    SERRES ET CHAUFFAGES.

    Orléans Guillot-Pelletier Fils, n.d. ca. 1906. An informative Art Nouveau period trade catalogue with 20 plates of winter gardens, palm houses, orangeries, and a variety of greenhouses, with illustrations presenting the various styles in their completed settings. Of additional interest are the 84 pages of text offering the names of clients in different parts of France, the particular construction elements provided to them, and a lengthy list of the architects who had worked with them. The time period covered runs from 1880 to 1906.  In OCLC we find only one similar copy, in the Netherlands, of an earlier 1903 edition with fewer pages. Oblong 8vo (21.1 x 27 cm); (iv) + 20 photomechanical plates from photographs and sketches on rectos…

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    Orléans Guillot-Pelletier Fils, n.d. ca. 1906. An informative Art Nouveau period trade catalogue with 20 plates of winter gardens, palm houses, orangeries, and a variety of greenhouses, with illustrations presenting the various styles in their completed settings. Of additional interest are the 84 pages of text offering the names of clients in different parts of France, the particular construction elements provided to them, and a lengthy list of the architects who had worked with them. The time period covered runs from 1880 to 1906.  In OCLC we find only one similar copy, in the Netherlands, of an earlier 1903 edition with fewer pages. Oblong 8vo (21.1 x 27 cm); (iv) + 20 photomechanical plates from photographs and sketches on rectos only + 84 pp. text. with a single sheet illustrated information flyer folded in three laid in.

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    Original printed paper covers, portions of spine paper split or chipped; final page has a fold at bottom margin, without loss, rubber stamp of the firm's Paris bureau address appears intermittently without interfering with text; still very good internally.

    Book ID: 16497
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  • (D. LANDRETH & SONS)
    Seedsmen's Advertising Broadside: THE "F" CABINET./ THE "PONY" CABINET./ THE "KID" Cabinet. .....

    (Philadelphia: D. Landreth & Sons, n.d. (1887). D. Landreth & Sons, the Philadelphia nursery and seed house, were the "oldest established seed house in America," begun in 1784. Here they offer retail merchants three different display cabinets for the sale of their garden seeds. This broadside illustrates all three (three different sizes) showing the rows of printed flower or vegetable seed packets attractively arranged in the firm's display cabinet identified with Landreth's decoratively printed label. With the original printed mailing envelope. Single sheet (42.7 x 26.1 cm) printed.

    Minor nicks along bottom edge; creases from insertion in original mailing envelope, but a well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 11646
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  • (Cactus) (Angel & fils)
    CACTÉES... Quelques Conseils d'Angel & Fils (cover title).

    Paris: n.d. (ca. 1950). An imaginative and charming advertising booklet promoting cactus collecting and cultivation with drawings printed in colors and hand-lettered text printed in brown ink. The text provides directions for replanting, for creating little "Japanese" gardens in tray arrangements, and for handling slips or cuttings and for sowing seeds. Prices are given for various sizes of cactus, for vases and pots, and for Japanese ornaments used in the tray gardens. Oblong 12mo (22.2 x 18.2 cm); 12 pp., including covers, printed and illustrated in colors.

    Original self wraps; a well preserved copy of a fragile item. With printed florist's card laid in listing the 8 commandments of the "cacteophile."

    Book ID: 12725
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  • (MASEFIELD, John)
    Original photograph. " THE POET LAUREATE AS GARDENER."

    (London: Fox Photos 1932). "Mr. John Masefield, the Poet Laureate, is a keen gardener, and is here seen plucking some fine lupins in his garden at Boars Hill, Oxford." Thus reads the caption typed on tissue paper and attached to the back of this photograph supplied by Fox Photos and probably intended as human interest content for contemporary newspapers. The mustached and white haired Masefield is shown in wool jacket and cravat grasping one of a cluster of lupins. 25.5 x 20.3 cm or 10 x 8 inches.

    Minor smudging to corners of photo.

    Book ID: 13898
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  • (Greenhouses) (VAN DE CAPPELLE-DE PRETTER)
    COLOR LITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD: Frs. Van De Cappelle-DePretter.

    Gand: ca. 1840 1850. A "porcelain" trade card for the greenhouse builders Van De Cappell-De Pretter, rue de la Caverne, No. 50, Gand. The printing in gold and blue is by the Gand lithographers, G. Jacqmain. The card is illustrated with a view of a greenhouse in a gardenesque setting with fountain, house and two small human figures, all printed within a decorative Gothic-style frame. A lengthy caption informs the viewer that examples of the firm's "confection de serres en Fer" can be seen at the Verschaffelt nursery, at Van Houte's outside of Bruxelles, and in Paris at "MM les Barons Rotschild." Cartes porcelaines or "porcelain cards" were produced in the mid-nineteenth century lithography with a thin layer of white…

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    Gand: ca. 1840 1850. A "porcelain" trade card for the greenhouse builders Van De Cappell-De Pretter, rue de la Caverne, No. 50, Gand. The printing in gold and blue is by the Gand lithographers, G. Jacqmain. The card is illustrated with a view of a greenhouse in a gardenesque setting with fountain, house and two small human figures, all printed within a decorative Gothic-style frame. A lengthy caption informs the viewer that examples of the firm's "confection de serres en Fer" can be seen at the Verschaffelt nursery, at Van Houte's outside of Bruxelles, and in Paris at "MM les Barons Rotschild." Cartes porcelaines or "porcelain cards" were produced in the mid-nineteenth century lithography with a thin layer of white lead producing their beautiful porcelain-like effect. They were chiefly produced in Belgium between the late 1830s and the early 1860s and used as business or announcement cards. Their production was discontinued because of health hazards connected with the lead. Single sheet of glossy card stock, 10.5 x 14.2 cm., printed in colors.

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    A few minor scratches at extremities, but a well preserved example, mounted on conservation stock and matted, measuring 30.1 x 33 cm. at exterior of mat.

    Book ID: 15590
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  • (Trade Card - Horticulturist) (REMI MEYER & CO.)
    COLOR LITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD: ÉTABLISSEMENT HORTICOLE REMI MEYER & CO.

    Gand: ca. 1840 1850. This "porcelain" trade card for the horticultural establishment of Remi Mayer is printed in blue, maroon and gold with four vignettes, each framed, surrounding the proprietor's name. Within the four vignettes are views of the nursery, itself, with its cold frames and planted beds, and views of garden settings, an approach to a house, a view across a pond to a gate and another view across a ringed pond. The lithography is by F. & F. Gyselynch at Gand. Single sheet of glossy card stock, 11 x 16 cm, printed in colors.

    Card stock mounted on conservation stock and matted with exterior measurements of mat at 30.5 x 33 cm.

    Book ID: 15591
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  • "Gloire aux Lis"
    (Games, Flower) (Anonymous)
    JEU INSTRUCTIF DES FLEURS.

    (Paris: chez Basset, rue St. Jacques, no. 64, ca. 1815). "Les Jeux d'Oie" have long been a venerable form of family entertainment, education and even propaganda. This particular version, the jeu instructif des fleurs, is pretty enough to be viewed as a game for young ladies (which it probably was), but John Grand-Carteret's LES JEUX D'OIE(http://www.giochidelloca.it/dettaglio_storia.php?id=41) lists it with the "Jeu d'actualites politiques." He notes that the winning position is the crowned Lis blanc, the symbol of virtue and, of course, "Gloire Aux Lis", a sentiment in favor during the French Restoration. But there is also botanical instruction here. Along the promenade or route of the game are 63 numbered "cases" or squares, each with a handsomely engraved flower portrait,…

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    (Paris: chez Basset, rue St. Jacques, no. 64, ca. 1815). "Les Jeux d'Oie" have long been a venerable form of family entertainment, education and even propaganda. This particular version, the jeu instructif des fleurs, is pretty enough to be viewed as a game for young ladies (which it probably was), but John Grand-Carteret's LES JEUX D'OIE(http://www.giochidelloca.it/dettaglio_storia.php?id=41) lists it with the "Jeu d'actualites politiques." He notes that the winning position is the crowned Lis blanc, the symbol of virtue and, of course, "Gloire Aux Lis", a sentiment in favor during the French Restoration. But there is also botanical instruction here. Along the promenade or route of the game are 63 numbered "cases" or squares, each with a handsomely engraved flower portrait, many accompanied by captions citing the flower's emblematic meaning, or one of its physical properties. Thus: marigold, "emblème de la douleur"; jasmine, "originaire de la Province"; myrtle, "dédié a Venus par les anciens"; and finally, embowered and marked with sun's rays, the lily. The rules for traversing the promenade and reaching the lily are printed in the center of the text. For example, whoever arrives at no. 42, the violet, "a flower lost in the woods," must return to no. 30, lily of the valley, and pay a sum agreed on at the outset of the game. The shape of the course or promenade is oval, thus leaving space at the corners of the sheet for charming little views of the Jardin des Tuileries seen from the terraces of the chateau, the Jardin du Luxembourg seen from the water bassins, the Jardin du Roi seen from the river bank, and a view of the labyrinth of the Jardin du Roi. Though not found in the usual library catalogues, we do find reference to a copy in the Collection of Baron de Vinck at the Bibliothèque Nationale. Single sheet, 45.5 x 61 cm., engraved overall, with text in center.

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    Engraved sheet unevenly folded with a few minor tears along folds; one corner torn and mended, with some rust spots, not affecting image.

    Book ID: 16115
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  • LES AMOURS.

    Paris: Louis Janet, n.d. ca. 1819. A charming souvenir book in the genre of late 18th and early 19th century French ladies almanacs, illustrated with color plates and attractively bound in red leather and matching slipcase. The text is an anthology of love poetry followed by a titled section, "Petit Souvenir Des Dames," with a plate for each month of the year composed as a blank space for writing surrounded by an intricately designed engraved border. The text is further embellished with hand coloured engraved plates, most of which depict scenes of romanticised landscapes with real or mythological women and cupids. The hand-coloured engraved title vignette shows cupids in a bird's nest on a branch. Grand-Carteret 1854 (but without the…

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    Paris: Louis Janet, n.d. ca. 1819. A charming souvenir book in the genre of late 18th and early 19th century French ladies almanacs, illustrated with color plates and attractively bound in red leather and matching slipcase. The text is an anthology of love poetry followed by a titled section, "Petit Souvenir Des Dames," with a plate for each month of the year composed as a blank space for writing surrounded by an intricately designed engraved border. The text is further embellished with hand coloured engraved plates, most of which depict scenes of romanticised landscapes with real or mythological women and cupids. The hand-coloured engraved title vignette shows cupids in a bird's nest on a branch. Grand-Carteret 1854 (but without the calendar). 32 mo (10 x 6 cm); 1 blank + title with hand-colored vignette + 48 pp. + (xvi) pp. monthly souvenir with engraved borders.

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    Original embossed red morocco, gilt ruled , a.e.g., slightest rubbing to extremities and just a bit of darkening on slipcase; a.e.g; with ribbon tab; scattered light foxing internally.

    Book ID: 15830
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  • (Apiculture - Paris Exposition of 1867) VIGNON, M. (Louis)
    APICULTURE. M. Vignon A Saint-Denis, Près Péronne/ Exposition Universelle De France (1867)

    Péronne: 1867. This text prepared for the 1867 Universal Exposition presents the nomenclature and explanation for the hives and agricultural products presented there by Vignon. Among the items exhibited were his "ruche perpétuelle et d'observation" various honey products and special waxes. Vignon offers a question and answer text on the principal operations of apiculture. Rare. 8vo (21 x 13.5 cm); 30 pp.

    Original printed pink paper wrapper, light hand-soiling; text partially unopened.

    Book ID: 15795
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