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Description: Knoop - Pomologia

Leeuwarden, A. Ferwerda, G. Tresling, 1758 (1), 1763 (2-3) . 3 works in 1 vols. Folio.
Contemporary half calf, spine ribbed and gilt, with black-gold title-label.

3 titles within printed woodcut borders, and 20 full-page engraved plates with illustrations of apples and pears in the first work; 19 full-page plates with illustrations of peaches, plums, cherries, berries, etc. in the second work, all plates beautifully coloured by hand. Early edition of three major Dutch works on the planting and cultivating of trees, the first two works on fruit trees for the kitchen garden, the third one on all sorts of trees and shrubs for the pleasure garden.

Of all fruits the names are given, and the different species, when, where and how to plant them, their cultivation, and their use in the household is discussed. At the end several useful indices are given. This one without the dedication to Epo Sjuk van Burmania, lieutenant forester of Friesland and burgomaster of Dockum. (removed?) . Especially the first two parts have become famous for their beautiful hand-coloured plates of fruits. They are usually found together with the third part. The fourth part, published in the year of the author's death about fruits, plants and herbs for the kitchen garden is usually lacking. The work was very famous and there was a next edition in Leeuwarden - 1770 and Amsterdam -1790

Pomologia, dat is beschrijvingen en afbeeldingen van de beste zoorten van appels en peeren, welke in Neder- en Hoog-Duitschland, Frankryk, Engeland en elders geagt zyn, en tot dien einde gecultiveert worden. A. Ferwerda & G. Tresling, (Leeuwarden.1758) 36 pages and 20 plates

Fructologia, of beschrijving der vrugtboomen en vrugten, die men in de hoven plant en onderhoud (Leeuw. 1763), 69 pages and 19 plates

Dendrologia, of beschrijving der plantagie-gewassen, die men in tuinen cultiveert, (Leeuw. 1763), 87 pages and 2 pages index

Johan Herman Knoop (1700-1769), was curator of the gardens of Princes Maria Louisa in Leeuwarden, and teacher in mathematics in the same city. He was a learned man who wrote a number of excellent works on horticulture, next to works on other subjects, like geography, Frisian topography, spherical sundials, as well as a number of schoolbooks on various subjects. He was also a great promotor of the growing of potatoes in Friesland, and the first to bring the potato on the table of Princes Maria Louise of Nassau, in December 1742.

Picture Size 32 x 20 cm
Specification Book
technic Etching
Artist Johann Hermann Knoop
period 18th Century
School Dutch
subject Flowers and Birds
rating ****
Technique: Price in US$ 3,800.- In case of difference between prices in US$ and Euro the US$ price prevails.
  • Number: 1780032
  • Dealer: Henk Vanwalleghem Oldmasterprint Belgium

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