LA GUIRLANDE DE JULIE ou Roses Sur Roses.
Paris: Janet, ca. 1813. Handsomely printed diminutive almanac focused upon the theme of roses, with 13 engraved plates depicting the allegorical significance of the flower. Most of the text is in verse or song with such titles as "La Rose Ardemment Desirée," "La Rose Difficile A Garder," and "La Rose Comparée A L'Amour." The plates depict romantic scenes at chateaux, in the woods, and in gardens where fashionably dressed young women are pursued by handsome suitors amidst the rose bushes and vines. The title, LA GUIRLANDE DE JULIE, was frequently applied to floral gift books in the 19th century. This followed the example set by the marquis de Montausier who in 1641 presented a collection of poems and flower paintings, with the same title, to his fiancee, Julie-Lucine d'Angennes de Rambouillet. 24mo (9.4 x 5.2 cm); 2 fold-out almanac charts printed with zodiac illustrations + decorative engraved title + 24 pp. + 12 engraved plates.
Original pink paper covered boards in matching slipcase; faint line of damping at lower margins of plates, not affecting impressions or pages of text; still a very good and attractive copy.
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