21 Rare Old Antique Book/Le jardinier fleuriste/ Virtual Fair 18


Description: amateur
Le jardinier fleuriste. Didié aux dames. Par un Amateur.
Paris, Marcilly, [1819], pp. [i], 199, (16, Calendrier pour l'année bissextile 1820), engraved dedication, engraved title-page and 21 stipple-engraved plates, all finely hand-coloured, 12mo (77 x 119 mm), all edges gilt, pink boards in matching slip-case with gilt title and ornamentation of gardening tools, etc. Some foxing of text, but not affecting the plates. Fine copy.

"Alternating passages of prose with short poems, the author discusses the origins of the garden (going back to the time of Homer), and explains how to choose a suitable site for one's own garden. He then presents the history and morphology of various flowers … Le Jardinier Fleuriste closes with verses extolling the beauty of flowers and the pleasures of botany: 'Parmi l'ombre des bois, sur des tapis de mousse, …' These verses are signed by 'Bérenger (de Lyon)' - i.e., Laurent-Pierre Bérenger (1749-1822) - who may perhaps be the author of this work. A calendar for the year 1820 is included, which tells us when this volume must have been published (late 1819). The text is accompanied by pleasing stipple engraved and hand-coloured plates of bouquets, made up of two or three flowers each" (An Oak Spring flora).
* Johnston 818 (without calendar); An Oak Spring flora 94.
  • Number: 1800010
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum