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  • (Flower Lore and Flower Painting)l
    LA COURONNE DE FLORE, by DESBORDES-VALMORE, (Marcellline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    DESBORDES-VALMORE, (Marcellline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    LA COURONNE DE FLORE, Ou Mélange de Poésie et de Prose,

    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…

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    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.

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    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.

    ID#: 16515
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  • (Bois de Boulogne)
    SOUVENIR DU NOUVEAU BOIS DE BOULOGNE. by (GUESNU).
    (GUESNU).
    SOUVENIR DU NOUVEAU BOIS DE BOULOGNE. Plan À Vol D'Oiseau Pour Servir De Guide Dans Ses Promenades Et Aux Environs.

    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.

    ID#: 16483
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  • (Art Brut)
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title). by Sigoda, Pascal.
    Sigoda, Pascal.
    LE JARDIN DES SURPRISES DU TRANSCENDANT SATRAPE CAMILLE RENAULT (cover title).

    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,…

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    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.   A Pataphysicist’s Garden Bound printed typescript, 34 pp. printed on rectos only; 29.5 x 2lcm; 10 full page and 5 half page illustrations from photographs.

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    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.

    ID#: 16501
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  • AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS. by SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    SIMON LOUIS FRÈRES & Cie./ Grainiers.
    AN ALBUM OF SEED PACKET LABEL ILLUSTRATIONS.

    An imressive presentation album of sample seed packet labels with all the plants shown printed in full color against a black background. These are displayed, usually 6 to a page, on tan card stock printed decoratively in light gray with the monogram of the firm and simple frame outlines for the placement of the illustrations. Both vegetables and flowers are shown; the colors are vibrant and the detail, particularly with the vegetables, is both informative and artistic. All designs are labeled. If you want to be able to recognize all your French lettuces, you have only to study these. Unusual and very uncommon. Learn your Lettuces Oblong album (26.5 x 36 cm); with color printed seed packet label designs tipped…

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    An imressive presentation album of sample seed packet labels with all the plants shown printed in full color against a black background. These are displayed, usually 6 to a page, on tan card stock printed decoratively in light gray with the monogram of the firm and simple frame outlines for the placement of the illustrations. Both vegetables and flowers are shown; the colors are vibrant and the detail, particularly with the vegetables, is both informative and artistic. All designs are labeled. If you want to be able to recognize all your French lettuces, you have only to study these. Unusual and very uncommon. Learn your Lettuces Oblong album (26.5 x 36 cm); with color printed seed packet label designs tipped in to each of 70 unnumbered pages, usually 6 to a page, fewer on about 4 pages; in all, there are approximately 400 color printed labels, each measuring 9 x 5 cm.

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    Original stiff paper covers, upper cover printed in brown and gold with the firm’s title, location and monogram; stabbed and tied with original cord; rear cover soiled, corners dog-earred and edges a bit nicked; adhesion blemishes on 4 or 5 samples, else fine.

    ID#: 16451
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  • THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. by KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    KNIGHT, R(ichard) P(ayne).
    THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. In Three Books. Addressed To Uvedale Price, Esq.

    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use”…

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    omamin Pouncy iFirst edition of this important manifesto marking the outbreak of the "picturesque controversy" that continued to dnate landscape gardening theory and practice at the outset of the nineteenth century. Knight attacked the Brown/Repton school in favor of the rough and irregular style also advanced by Price in his theories of the picturesque, that is, gardens which imitate the wild natural scenery in the paintings of Claude and Salvatore Rosa. His lengthy poem provides practical advice for obtaining these results and includes two folding etchings by Benjfrom drawings by Thomas Hearne which illustrate a rural estate laid out in the contrasting styles.THE LANDSCAPE, A DIDACTIC POEM. “No decoration should we introduce, That has not first been nat’raliz’d by use” Henrey 900. 4to (28.5 cm. x 22 cm.); (iv) + 77 pp. + 3 plates (2 folding).

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    Contemporary green calf spine, gilt ruled and ornamented spine compartments; gilt lettered red leather title piece; marbled boards; head of spine worn with slight separation along a half inch of the back edge, extremities rubbed; very little foxing; a very good copy; with the bookplate of Geo. Armytage.

    ID#: 16435
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  • LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR. by LASSUS, Bernard.
    LASSUS, Bernard.
    LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR.

    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of…

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    One of 300 copies hand-printed by Kerversau imprimeur. LE JARDIN DE L’ANTERIEUR was Lassus's entry in a competition to design a garden for the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau. His plan won the competition but the project was never realised. LE JARDIN DE L'ANTERIEUR counts among Lassus's earliest published garden projects and both its text and its drawings demonstrate what the OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS (p. 205) calls his "approach to landscape which rejects empiricism in favour of exploring the non-measurable realm of the imagination." Stephen Bann says of his projects: "It seems to me beyond question that Lassus's highly inventive descriptions of garden projects function as utopian texts: Arcadia is conjured up, as it were, in the interstices of the design, and the charming line drawings that he provides are the exact graphic correlate to this state of potentiality." ("Arcadia as utopia in contemporary landscape design: the work of Bernard Lassus”, HISTORY OF HUMAN SCIENCES Vol. 16 No. 1 p. 117). Accompanying the Lassus text is an essay on the garden by Michel Conan. “garden projects..as utopian texts” Folio (55 x 36 cm); loose, as issued, in heavy paper folder; 16 unnumbered pages printed on papier d'Arches with 4 text illustrations + 3 plates from drawings (impressions measuring 21 x 28.5; 29 x 20; and 20.5 x 22.5 cm., respectively), 2 illustrating the garden and 1 showing its site.

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    In leather-backed custom portfolio; just about a fine copy with only the faintest hint of occasional foxing commencing.

    ID#: 16433
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  • (Chantilly)
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY. by Ganay, Ernest de.
    Ganay, Ernest de.
    LE BOUQUET DE CHANTILLY.

    First edition; No. 1 of 6 copies printed on Japan paper at the press of Jacques et Demontrond in Besançon. With a signed ink presentation inscription to le comte (René Philipon ) on the free endpaper and a posted note from de Ganay to Philipon laid in. An essay in praise of the beauties of garden, landscape and architecture at Chantilly and the interventions there of great designers, gardeners and architects by France’s distinquished bibliographer of French garden literature. Ganay 1925/9 “Bibliographie Des Travaux D’Ernest De Ganay” in Mosser & Sartre, BIBLIOTHèQUE ET JARDIN. ERNEST De GANAY. In OCLC we locate only the British Library copy. “C’est que Chantilly réunit tous les agréments.” 8vo (23 x 14.6 cm) 32 +…

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    First edition; No. 1 of 6 copies printed on Japan paper at the press of Jacques et Demontrond in Besançon. With a signed ink presentation inscription to le comte (René Philipon ) on the free endpaper and a posted note from de Ganay to Philipon laid in. An essay in praise of the beauties of garden, landscape and architecture at Chantilly and the interventions there of great designers, gardeners and architects by France’s distinquished bibliographer of French garden literature. Ganay 1925/9 “Bibliographie Des Travaux D’Ernest De Ganay” in Mosser & Sartre, BIBLIOTHèQUE ET JARDIN. ERNEST De GANAY. In OCLC we locate only the British Library copy. “C’est que Chantilly réunit tous les agréments.” 8vo (23 x 14.6 cm) 32 + (iv) pp. with printer’s ornaments.

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    Original paper wrappers with upper cover title, border and design printed in red; in contemporary glassine. Fine.

    ID#: 16464
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  • SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE D'HORTICULTURE DE LIÉGE.
    CATALOGUE DE LA VINGTIEME EXPOSITION DE FLEURS, Ouverte Les 21, 22 Et 23 Juin 1840, A La Grande Salle Académique De L'Université.

    The catalogue lists 460 flowers exhibited at the Exposition and provides brief accounts of several concurrent meetings and official reports. 8vo (20 x 12.9 cm); 43 pp.

    Spine perished and front wrapper lacking; light stain along edge of margin on some leaves, one corner partially worn away.

    ID#: 13174
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  • (Parks, Paris)
    TOUSSAINT, Eugène.
    LE BOIS DE BOULOGNE. Son Histoire/ Ses Transformations/ Actuelles.

    This pamphlet was published to mark a conference in 1944 organized by Toussaint, "inspecteur général des eaux et forêts, conservateur en chef des parcs et jardins de la ville de Paris et du départment dea Seine." With a signed penned inscription from the author to Roger Blais dated 1958. Stapled pamphlet (27 x 21 cm); 18 +(ii) pp.

    Original printed paper covers

    ID#: 15775
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  • LICHACEV, Dmitrij Sergeevic.
    LA POESIA DEI GIARDINI. Per Una Semantica Degli Stili Dei Giardini E Dei Parchi. Il Giardino Come Testo.

    Italian translation of the second edition, first published in Russian under the title: POEZIIA SADOV: SEMANTIKE SADOVO-PARKOVYKH STILEI: SAD KAK TEKST. 8vo (20.7 x 15 cm); iii-xxxii + 343 pp. 16 color plates and 32 half-tone plates.

    Orignal cloth in dust jacket.

    ID#: 14738
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  • (Florist's Receipt)
    PETIT, FLEURISTE-BOTANISTE, ENTREPRENEUR DE JARDINS BOURGEOIS.

    A well preserved early receipt from a Parisian florist with letterpress description of the firm's stock and penned notations showing details of a sale. At his shop called "Au Cycas Revoluta," Petit sold roses, peonies, plants for the orangery etc. He also rented plants for balls and soirées, and made up all sorts of bouquets. His nursery was located rue de Jessaints, No. 9, barrière St-Denis. On this invoice he has indicated in pen that he has sold 3 bouquets, 4 flowering plants and 24 "caisses" or flats for a total of 27 francs. With his signature. Single sheet folded three times, 18,7 x 11.5, with decorative printed border around merchant information.

    In fine condition.

    ID#: 15811
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  • (Children's gardening)
    A BOTANICAL LADDER FOR THE YOUNG. by (ANONYMOUS)
    (ANONYMOUS)
    A BOTANICAL LADDER FOR THE YOUNG.

    Botanical instructions for the young in the form of a dialogue between mother and child. These instructions are for a fairly well read child and progress as one advances up the steps of a ladder. With text figures or sketches. 12mo (14.2 x 9 cm); engraved frontispiece of mother and child out botanizing, (ii) + 176 pp. with engraved text figures of plants or plant parts.

    Original cloth,title gilt stamped ; well preserved.

    ID#: 16381
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  • (California Horticulture)
    TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURE SOCIETY FOR THE YEAR 1888. Being A Report Of The Eighth Annual Meeting, Held At San José, Cal., January 24, 25 and 26, And Riverside Cal., February 7, 8 and 9, 1888. Together With A Full List Of Papers Read, With Accompanying Discussion. Also A Sketch Of The Overland Trip...

    Among the papers reprinted are: "The Outlook Of American Grape Culture," by George Husmann; "Fruit Growing in Nevada," by Ross Lewers; "Thoughts On Forestry In California," by Robert Douglas; "Rare Fruits of the Santa Barbara Region," by H. C. Ford, and others on similar subjects. The appendix also includes a 112 page account, written by John Clark Ridpath, of the tour of California taken by members the Society traveling to and from the Annual meeting. 8vo (22.8 x 15 cm); 357 pp.

    Original cloth; light wear and spotting of covers.

    ID#: 14900
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  • (Garden Cities)
    L'ILLUSTRATION / LA MAISON. by SORBETS, Gaston, ed.
    SORBETS, Gaston, ed.
    L'ILLUSTRATION / LA MAISON.

    A striking and well preserved copy of the special LA MAISON issue of the French magazine, L’ILLUSTRATION for 1929 with a colorful cover illustration by M. Rapin. The contents of the magazine are rich in mostly contemporary photographs and drawings of garden cities and residential housing. Henri Sellier writes on “L’Effort Français pour l’Habitation Populaire” reviewing garden cities such as Suresne, Cachan, Drancy and others; Georges Benoit-Lévy writes on “La Cité-Jardin à L’Etranger”; Henri Sauvage writes about “ La Maison De Rapport”, principally in Paris; Louis Bourdelles describes a “Projet D’Une Grande Habitation Moderne Pour La Ville de Paris”; Louis Feine discusses “ Les Materiaux Nouveaux Utilisable Pour La Construction de Nos Habitations”; Léandre Villat writes about contemporary villas around…

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    A striking and well preserved copy of the special LA MAISON issue of the French magazine, L’ILLUSTRATION for 1929 with a colorful cover illustration by M. Rapin. The contents of the magazine are rich in mostly contemporary photographs and drawings of garden cities and residential housing. Henri Sellier writes on “L’Effort Français pour l’Habitation Populaire” reviewing garden cities such as Suresne, Cachan, Drancy and others; Georges Benoit-Lévy writes on “La Cité-Jardin à L’Etranger”; Henri Sauvage writes about “ La Maison De Rapport”, principally in Paris; Louis Bourdelles describes a “Projet D’Une Grande Habitation Moderne Pour La Ville de Paris”; Louis Feine discusses “ Les Materiaux Nouveaux Utilisable Pour La Construction de Nos Habitations”; Léandre Villat writes about contemporary villas around France and beyond. Folio (40.5 x 30.5 cm); I-LXIV pp. ads + 70 unnumbered pp. profusely illustrated from photographs, plans, drawings, some in color + LXV -CXII pp. of commercial supplements.

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    In original paper covers printed in colors; a bit of thumbing on a double page spread of a chart in the text and slight loss of margin only, text not affected, at that point; else a very fine copy.

    ID#: 16165
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  • (Real Estate Development Brochure)
    VILLE DE TOULOUSE. Prolongement des Allées Jean-Jaurès. by Société Immobilière Toulousaine pour l'extension et l'embellissement de la ville.
    Société Immobilière Toulousaine pour l'extension et l'embellissement de la ville.
    VILLE DE TOULOUSE. Prolongement des Allées Jean-Jaurès.

    A handsomely printed development prospectus for the "Roseraie" and "Parc", two single family property developments in a newly opened suburban area north of Toulouse. Included are two plat plans for development together with full sketches and floor plans for the designs by Parisian architect Charles Lemaresquier. The text is stylishly printed in red and dark brown by the Imprimerie Kadar in Paris. Descriptions of eight models for single family houses designed specifically for the development by Lemaresquier include types of materials used on special features. Each named villa ( “Nora”, “Graziella”, “Nadia”, etc.) is given a full page illustration attractively reproduced from a charcoal and pen drawing. The styles vary from traditional “habitations champêtres” to international modern. All were offered…

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    A handsomely printed development prospectus for the "Roseraie" and "Parc", two single family property developments in a newly opened suburban area north of Toulouse. Included are two plat plans for development together with full sketches and floor plans for the designs by Parisian architect Charles Lemaresquier. The text is stylishly printed in red and dark brown by the Imprimerie Kadar in Paris. Descriptions of eight models for single family houses designed specifically for the development by Lemaresquier include types of materials used on special features. Each named villa ( “Nora”, “Graziella”, “Nadia”, etc.) is given a full page illustration attractively reproduced from a charcoal and pen drawing. The styles vary from traditional “habitations champêtres” to international modern. All were offered with the most up-to-date conveniences. The plan was implemented for the Roseraie and its streets are still named after different flowers as shown on the proposal. Lemaresquier, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and formed a partnership with the architect Victor Laloux. He also worked for the French state as architect-en-chef des Palais Nationaux, etc. His better known works include the headquarters of Félix Potin and the palais Berlitz in Paris. Lemaresquier’s special talents for drawing are well reflected in the architectural illustrations here. We locate no copies in U.S. libraries, but know of one in a private collection. With designs by architect Charles Lemaresquier Oblong stapled brochure (20.5 x 30 cm); 26 pp. illustrated including two plans (one folding).

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    Original heavy paper wraps, illustrated on upper cover, withcloth cord at spine; a fine copy.

    ID#: 16422
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  • (Architectural Drawing)
    40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL. by CARR, Terence.
    CARR, Terence.
    40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL.

    An eye-catching pen and ink wash drawing for worker/agricultural stone cottages in Cornwall designed by Carr, who worked for the well known architectural firm of W.D. Caroe. In this large drawing, Carr outlines the layout for 40 houses situated within a village green. It shows the first floor plans of the houses as they are arranged in a half circle, along with detailed elevations for West side and North side groupings. One pair of cottages is shown in front and back elevation. Room measurements are given for parlour, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathrooms. Carr worked from Garthowen, Woking. Notice of his work on church architecture with W.D. Caroe can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library’s Church Plans…

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    An eye-catching pen and ink wash drawing for worker/agricultural stone cottages in Cornwall designed by Carr, who worked for the well known architectural firm of W.D. Caroe. In this large drawing, Carr outlines the layout for 40 houses situated within a village green. It shows the first floor plans of the houses as they are arranged in a half circle, along with detailed elevations for West side and North side groupings. One pair of cottages is shown in front and back elevation. Room measurements are given for parlour, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathrooms. Carr worked from Garthowen, Woking. Notice of his work on church architecture with W.D. Caroe can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library’s Church Plans online website. We also find mention of his winning a prize in the Industrial Design Competition of 1930 (see REPORT ON THE COMPETITION OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS, 1930, in “Journal of the Royal Society of Arts” Volume 78, No. 4063 pp. 1150-1172), but this must have been in his student days. The drawing offered here is an accomplished presentation for an entire project. Single sheet (68 x 47 cm); in pen, ink wash, black, green, red and tans, illustrating layout and elevations.

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    With three tears, closed, in the sheet, and some rubbing at ink title on the bottom of the drawing. In a recent matt mounting. Very good.

    ID#: 16318
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  • STEIN, Henri.
    LES JARDINS DE FRANCE Des Origines A La Fin Du XVIIIe Siecle.

    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and…

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    This portfolio of plates reproducing early garden engravings was published at the time of the 300th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre. Its purpose was to furnish models of the formal French garden for architects and gardeners, as well as amateurs and garden proprietors. As such, it is a valuable resource for any student of French gardens because its 393 reproduced engravings document important design elements in French gardens from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the landscape garden period. Of particular interest is the large selection of parterre designs. With a brief historical text, an index of the localities represented in the plates, a table of artists or engravers and, sometimes, locations of the plates, and with a bibliography of works on garden art in France. Ganay 388 Folio (39.5 x 29.5 cm); 24 pp. text + 104 plates of 393 photographic reproductions of engravings, documents and a few photographs.

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    Loose in publisher's original cloth portfolio with title printed in green on upper cover and spine, printed medallion illustration on upper cover; original portfolio ties,the very faintest foxing to edges only, otherwise very fine.

    ID#: 15947
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  • (SOCIÉTÉ DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS)
    LA GAZETTE ILLUSTRÉE DES AMATEURS DE JARDINS. Année MCMXXXV.

    No. 156 of 300 copies on papier velin superfin. This annual issue is devoted to an account of the chateaux and parks of d'Ognon and Raray written by Marguerite Charageat followed by notes of the Society and accounts of various garden visits made during 1934 & 1935. Ganay 393. Folio (52 x 34 cm); 32 pp. text with 22 gravure text illustrations + 6 mounted illustrations on four leaves inserted "hors-texte."

    Loose in original printed paper wrappers, as issued.

    ID#: 12604
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  • LASSUS, Bernard.
    LES PINS.

    No. 29 of 750 copies. With introductory words in English and in French by Stephan Bann. An intriguing series of photographs of the barks of the pines in the Forêt de la Courbre on the French coast is presented here in a long folding plate extending to approximately 53 cm. Oblong "4to" measuring 7 x 15 cm with 7 pp. text + extending plate of color photographic reproductions measuring approximately 7 x 53 cm. blong "4to" measuring 7 x 15 cm with 7 pp. text + folding plate of color photographic reproductions measuring approximately 7 cm x 135 cm long.

    Original stiff paper covers.

    ID#: 14905
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  • (Sackville-West, Vita)
    “In the White Garden, Sissinghurst Castle” by TENNENT, John.
    TENNENT, John.
    “In the White Garden, Sissinghurst Castle”

    Number 10 of 100 copies of this limited edition silk-screen print, signed by the noted natural history artist, John Tennent. A large and lovely late 20th century interpretation of the famous White Garden at Sissinghurst created by the author-plantswoman Vita Sackville-West. The image shows the clock tower, the abundance of white flowered and grey and soft green leaved plants and, as a focal point, the stunning sculpture, Vestal Virgin, cast in lead from the wooden sculpture by the Croatian artist Toma Rosandic. An artist’s interpretation of the “White Garden” 55. 5 x 38 cm with image impression at 44.4 x 31 cm.

    The print has been mounted on mat board and, invisible beneath the exterior mount, shows some abrasion in the margins not at all affecting the impression or the artist’s signature. Print impression fresh and bright.

    ID#: 16389
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