List 36: New Additions to our Website

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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. Seven plates, each measuring approximately 7.4 x 4.4 inches or 19 x 11 cm.; printed on one side only.

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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. Each color photograph measures approximately 10 x 25 cm and is enclosed in a standard black paper- backed plastic pocket.

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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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  • (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. Folio (45.5 x 32.5 cm.); 50 plates, each with mostly single captioned ferns mounted on rectos only. With a calligraphic ownership inscription serving as bookplate.

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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 4to (30 x 22 cm.); 54 + (ii) pp. + 8 lithographed plates in two tints.

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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. 15 x 24.5 cm.

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

    Book ID: 16580
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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. Large oblong album, 52 x 40 cm, with stiff card sheets bound on stubs; hand lettered title page with two colored initials + 32 mounted albumen photos ( 18.5 x 24 cm) each mounted on the recto of a separate sheet + 4 blank sheets.

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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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  • (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 Four cards, 6.2 x 6.2 cm each, held together by a grommet at upper right corner.

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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. Pamphlet “4to” ( 21.2 x 13.5 cm)…

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    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. Pamphlet “4to” ( 21.2 x 13.5 cm) sewn, with additional sewing marks visible; 8 ff. with 8 engraved illlustrations.

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    Sewn pamphlet, removed, with relatively large illustrations.

    Book ID: 16684
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  • (Women and The Land)
    LA JEUNE PROPRIÉTAIRE by SAVIGNAC, Alida de.
    SAVIGNAC, Alida de.
    LA JEUNE PROPRIÉTAIRE Ou L’Art de Vivre à La Campagne.

    First edition. “8vo (17 x 10 cm); (vi) + 322 pp. with text illustration + engraved frontispiece + 2 engraved plates... Alida de Savignac’s LA JEUNE PROPRIÉTAIRE OU L’ART DE VIVRE (1837) is a novel-cum-handbook advising on the multiple aspects of running a country house...” (Finch, Alison. WOMEN’S WRITING IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE, p. 79). This is the story of how the fictional Olympe de Saint-Julien, a young woman accustomed to delicate activities such as dance and music, but, also, a child of the revolution, regains her nearly ruined family estate through the efforts of a guardian relative, and then learns how to run the rural property on her own. She agrees to study the popular manual LA MAISON RUSTIQUE and…

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    First edition. “8vo (17 x 10 cm); (vi) + 322 pp. with text illustration + engraved frontispiece + 2 engraved plates... Alida de Savignac’s LA JEUNE PROPRIÉTAIRE OU L’ART DE VIVRE (1837) is a novel-cum-handbook advising on the multiple aspects of running a country house...” (Finch, Alison. WOMEN’S WRITING IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRANCE, p. 79). This is the story of how the fictional Olympe de Saint-Julien, a young woman accustomed to delicate activities such as dance and music, but, also, a child of the revolution, regains her nearly ruined family estate through the efforts of a guardian relative, and then learns how to run the rural property on her own. She agrees to study the popular manual LA MAISON RUSTIQUE and then proceeds to tackle the reclamation of the house, garden, and farm, transforming decaying structures into stables, granges, poultry houses, etc. Her new plans and those advised by her guardian include making water courses to help in the creation of a fish pond, the planting of fruit and ornamental trees, and designing appropriate arrangements of the house and its rooms (the kitchen being most important). Providing supplies of medicines for the care of her workers was essential. Olympe’s guardian also offers instruction on the milk house, the poultry yard, the pigeon house, and the sheep hold. All of this is discussed in great detail and with an eye to profitabllity. There must be a vegetable greenhouse, a fruitier, and a grand shed for gardening and agricultural tools, as well as carpentry shop equipment. Eventually, Olympe rises at six each morning to survey the operations of the farm. She teaches local children and dispenses medicine. Nor is the ornamental garden neglected, with green lawns and roses planted in front of the chateau. Politics and romance play their part in the story and two tales, LES JUMELLES and LA FÊTE de SAINTE-CATHERINE, are added as lessons. Written by a woman and published by another - Désirée Eymery - who published the series Bibliothèque de l’éducation - this is a strong example of literature produced in early 19th century France encouraging women to seek empowerment. In the U.S. we locate only one copy of a later 1853 edition, and five other various editions located in France. “Olympe fermière, dame de château, maîtresse d’école et médecin” 8vo (17x10cm); (vi) + 322 pp.k with text illustration + engraved frontispiece + 2 engraved plates.

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    Contemporary decoratively embossed leather covers with gilt tooled borders; gilt ornamented spine, titled in gilt; corners bumped and frayed, head and heel of spine very gently worn; small gutter tear on page 1 not affecting text; marbled endpapers with book label of F.M. Caye on front pastedown; occasional browning, mostly to margins. The final pages with the two stories added are more foxed. An attractive and well-preserved copy in a decorative Romantic binding.

    Book ID: 16679
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