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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 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.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: 16501More details Price: GBP £60.00
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: 16483More details Price: GBP £300.00
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 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.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: 16496More details Price: GBP £150.00
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 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.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: 16482More details Price: GBP £200.00
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 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.Original heavy paper wraps.Book ID: 16486More details Price: GBP £180.00
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 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.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: 16515More details Price: GBP £90.00
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 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.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: 16510More details Price: GBP £400.00
FLORE DES DAMES, OU NOUVEAU LANGAGE DES FLEURS,
Précédée D'un Cours Élémentaire De Botanique.
Paris: J. Loss/ B. Newhaus n.d. ( 1840). An uncommon language of flowers title. According to the ads at the back of the text, it was issued in parts. This copy is complete with 12 very fine hand-colored plates by Aug. Duménil. The substantial text not only includes scientific material on botany, sections on the poetry of flowers, the floral emblem, the calendar and floral clock, roses, etc., but also a chapter entitled "Le Soleil Peintre Des Fleurs" discusses the use of the daguerrotype in creating images of flowers. Hippolyte Hostein was a Parisian theatre director, author and stage designer. In OCLC we locate 3 copies in the U.S.; 1 in the Netherlands; 1 in Germany; and 1 at the BnF. Small 18mo (14.5 x 9 cm) (iv) + iv + 294 + (2) +(ii) pp. + 12 full page hand-colored plates with tissue guards.Contemporary half leather with gilt lettered and decorated spine, rubbed at head and heel; marbled paper over boards nicked and chipped along extremities, with heavy rubbing to paper along extremities; possibly amateurishly bound from parts?; signatures loosening, some partially detached at the bottom;, two plates have a small brown spot or smudge that does not affect the image. but text and hand-colored plates are nonetheless fresh and bright.Book ID: 16516More details Price: GBP £125.00
LES NOUVEAUX JEUX FLORAUX
Principes D'Analogie Des Fleurs...Science nouvelle ou véritable art d'agrément à l'aide duquel on peut découvrir soi-même les emblèmes naturels de chaque végétal.
Paris Gabriel De Gonet, ca. 1852. First and apparently only edition of this scarce illustrated language of flowers. Borrowing from the fame of the Jeux Floraux of Toulouse and their legendary muse, Clémence Isaure, whose heart was believed to have penetrated the mystery of the flowers, these "nouveaux jeux floraux" propose a language of flowers based upon a language of nature corresponding to sentiments expressed by humankind. By determining the character, sentiment, spirit and growth pattern of plant parts, a parallel could be sought in the history of man. The main body of the text begins with a brief "Analogie De Couleur," then with seven "Modèles D'Analogies," with lengthy commentary on individual flowers and their virtues. The straightforward "Language Analogique Des Fleurs" follows with a chapter for each letter of the alphabet (except K & W) with the appropriate flowers and sentiments. Eight attractive engraved plates from drawings by Ch. Geoffroy accompany the text. An interesting contribution to the genre. Not mentioned in Beverly Seaton's THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS/A HISTORY. We locate only 5 copies in OCLC. 8vo (22 x 14 cm); (ii) + 168 + (2) pp. (+ ii pp. publisher's prospectus) + 8 engraved plates including frontispiece.Original embossed cloth with gilt embossed title surrounded by gilt and colored flowers; spine stamped in blue, red and gilt, with gilt titling; gilt vignette on lower cover;k spine ends gently nicked, slight slit along lower edge; light scattered foxing internally, mostly to tissue guards but barely affecting illustrations. A very good copy.Book ID: 16489More details Price: GBP £225.00
THE GARDENER'S MAGAZINE,
And Register Of Rural And Domestic Improvement.
London: Longman (et. al.), 1826. The first English magazine devoted exclusively to horticultural and gardening topics; Volumes 1 through 10, comprising the first series of this popular and influential periodical. Virtually every subject or event of interest to gardeners at the time receives attention, with Loudon's descriptions and (often devastating) critiques of the grounds of numerous country seats being especially interesting. More than any of his other publications, it was through his GARDENER'S MAGAZINE that Loudon exercised his greatest influence over the gardens and gardeners of his day. Joseph Paxton " saw Loudon as a tremendous force and influence on the development of nineteenth-century horticulture and said that through the medium of the GARDENER'S MAGAZINE he 'created a new era in gardening,' an assessment surely that no one today would challenge." (Desmond, "Loudon and Nineteenth-Century Horticultural Journalism", in MacDougall, Elisabeth B., ed. JOHN CLAUDIUS LOUDON AND THE EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY IN GREAT BRITAIN p. 97). Not least among the issues he tackled was the need for garden libraries at the service of nurserymen and horticulturalists. In Volume 1 he provides details of just what such a library should contain, and, subsequently, he gives notice and approval of newly established garden libraries. Complete runs are very scarce. With the bookplate of Thomas Peers Williams in each volume. (Shipping will be charged at cost). Ten volumes, 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm); with a color plate in Volume 3; viii + 486; x + 502; viii + 504; viii + 548 pp.; viii + 640, (753)-760; viii + 760 ;viii + 760 ; viii + 760 ; viii + 760; ; viii + 628 pp. with pagaination skipping for lack of wrapper bound in in Volumes 1 and 2.Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards; heavily worn spines repaired , inner and outer hinges reinforced , in some cases, rebacked with original spines; internally, scattered light foxing, but text generally clean and tight. This set has been bound from parts without the wrappers which were initially part of the pagination ( 4 pp )in volumes 1 through 2 , so these numbers are skipped. From Volume 3 on, the pagination did not include the wrappers. In volume 5, the issue for December is absent.lBook ID: 16507More details Price: GBP £950.00
LETTER FROM PAXTON TO JOHN BOWRING REGARDING SUCCESSFUL OF IMPORT OF THE RICE PAPER PLANT FROM CHINA TO CHATSWORTH.
London, February 9, 1854. A four-page autograph letter, signed and dated February 9, 1854, from Joseph Paxton to John Bowring, reporting on the successful propagation of a rice paper plant received from Bowring in the previous year. Rice paper first attracted the notice of British botanists in the 1820s when artificial flowers and paintings made with it were first imported from China. W.J. Hooker, in particular, tried to identify and classify the plant from which the paper was made. He received many specimens but was thwarted by several failed attempts to obtain live plants from China. However, in February of 1853 John Bowring, British Consul at Canton, did succeed in delivering, for the first time, two live plants to England. One of these he presented to the Duke of Devonshire, proprietor of Chatsworth, where Paxton served as head gardener. Paxton reports to Bowring that the plant was "in a most flourishing state at Chatsworth and I hope before long to make paper of it. We have propagated the plant and have two young ones nearly as large as the one you imported and I think it right that you who have been so kind as to send us the present stock should have the disposal of one of the young ones for any of your friends. It is a very interesting plant altogether and has had every care and attention paid to it as you will see if you will pay Chatsworth a visit before you return to China." Bowring was preparing to depart for Hong Kong, where he would serve as Governor for the next 5 years. In a note sent to the Duke he had apparently offered to send to him (and thus to Paxton) other interesting plants from China. Paxton refers to this note and responds "I cannot name any particular thing that would be desired for the Duke but as you know so much about the country and everything that is curious and interesting in it, I dare say you can form a much better judgement on that subject than any other person." He concludes his letter with an invitation to visit him at the Crystal Palace, on whose stationery the letter is written. It is signed in full with a three loop flourish underneath. At the top of the first page the ink note "Sir J. Paxton / 9 Febr. 1854" is written in another hand. In the same hand," (?) Bowring" has been written at the bottom of the final page. Single sheet (20 x 24.8 cm) folded into 4 pages, with additional horizontal and vertical creasesBook ID: 16506More details Price: GBP £800.00
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 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.Plan well preserved; printed paper wrapper chipped and soiled; folds on plan are neatly re-enforced with cloth tape, as issued.Book ID: 16491More details Price: GBP £850.00
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 only + 84 pp. text. with a single sheet illustrated information flyer folded in three laid in.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: 16497More details Price: GBP £375.00