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Manual on ranunculi

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Traité des renoncules, qui contient, outre ce qui regarde ces fleurs, beaucoup d'observations physiques & de remarques utiles, soit pour l'agriculture, soit pour le jardinage. Troisième édition.
Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1763. 12mo. With 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 475
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Important work on landscape gardening

BECKER, Wilhelm Gottlieb (editor). Der plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
Nuremberg, Frauenholzischen Kunsthandlung, 1799. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved folding plan, and 24 engraved plates, including 8 hand-coloured. Early 19th-century green half morocco. Full description
€ 3,500
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Beautifully illustrated work on camellias,
with 301 coloured plates

BERLÈSE, Lorenzo and Johann Jakob JUNG. Iconographie du genre camellia ou description et figures des camellia les plus beaux et les plus rares.
Paris, H. Cousin (plates printed by N. Rémond), [1839-]1841-1843. 3 volumes. Folio. With 301 engraved plates, printed in colour a la poupée and finished in colour by hand, engraved by Duménil, Gabriel and Oudet after Johann Jakob Jung. Contemporary half morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 69,500
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Well-illustrated historical and regional study of Dutch gardens

BIENFAIT, Anna G. Oude Hollandsche tuinen... Met medewerking van Marg. Kossmann en een voorwoord van Prof.dr. J.Q. van Regteren Altena.
The Hague, M. Nijhoff, 1943. Text (8vo) and atlas (obling folio) volume. With the title-pages printed in green and black, 3 plates and 4 illustrations in text; atlas with 317 plates showing 372 illustrations. Original publisher's decorated green cloth. Full description
€ 375
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The last great pre-Linnaean botanical catalogue,
recording 5850 plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 40 plates

BOERHAAVE, Herman. Index alter plantarum, quae in Horto Academico Lugduno Batavo aluntur.
Leiden, Boudewijn and Pieter Jansz. vander Aa, 1727. 2 volumes. 4to. With 40 engraved plates (3 folding, including 2 printed from 2 copper plates each), 1 showing a plan of the botanical garden and the others showing plants. Contemporary half roan, covered with plain paper at an early date. Full description
€ 1,950
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The productive and profitable aspects of the natural world

BRADLEY, Richard. Wysgeerige verhandeling van de werken der natuure. Waar in verscheide trapswyze opklimmingen, in de byzondere deelen der scheppinge, als mynstoffen, plantgewassen en dieren aangetoond worden. Hier by is gevoegd een berigt van den tegenwoordigen staat der tuinen, zoo van Groot-Brittanien, als van gansch Europa. Als meede nieuwe ondervindingen ter verbetering van onvrugtbaare gronden, en aankweeking van houtgewas, vrugtboomen, wyngaarden, zalaade, peulvrugten en alle soorten van graanen: benevens eenige aanmerkingen over den landbouw der Vlaamingen in het zaayen van vlas. … Na den tweeden druk uit het Engelsch vertaald.
Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1744. 8vo. With title-page printed in red and black with woodcut vignette, and 29 engraved folding plates (numbered I-XVII and XX-XXXI: there were no plates XVIII or XIX), each showing several botanical and zoological illustrations. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 975
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60 attractive coloured plates to promote the cultivation of fruit trees in Great Britain

BROOKSHAW, George. Pomona Britannica or a collection of the most esteemed fruits at present cultivated in Great Britain.
London, printed by Bensley and son for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, and John Lepard, [1816-]1817. 2 volumes bound as 1. Large 4to (37 x 29 cm). With 60 stipple engravings, printed in colour a la poupée and finished in colour by hand, with each plate accompanied by 1 or 2 leaves with letterpress descriptions. Contemporary brown half sheepskin; recased. Full description
€ 14,000
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Very rare book of photographs of the trees and shrubs near Leny House, through the seasons

BUCHANAN, John Hamilton. Photographs of trees and shrubs in the grounds of Leny Perthshire.
[Scotland], 1907. 4to (29.5 x 24.5 cm). With 50 platinum print photographs, mounted on gray cardboard, with the largest measuring ca. 15 x 30 cm, and the smallest ca. 9 x 12 cm; and a letterpress title-page and index.. All photographs protected by tissue guards. Contemporary green half morocco, gilt edges, decorated endpapers. Full description
€ 6,500
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Two of the finest 17th-century Dutch gardening books

CAUSÉ, Hendrik. De koninglycke hovenier aanwyzende de middelen om boomen, bloemen en kruyden te zaayen, planten, aen queeken en voort teelen.
Amsterdam, Marcus Doornick, [1676]. With engraved title-page and 31 engraved plates, including 2 bird's-eye views of a French and a Dutch royal garden, 5 plates with two pomological illustrations each, 8 plates with two illustrations of flowers each and 16 plates with a total of 32 garden designs.
With: (2) COMMELIN, Jan. Nederlantze Hesperides, dat is, oeffening en gebruik van de limoen- en oranje-boomen, gestelt na den aardt, en climaat der Nederlanden.
Amsterdam, Marcus Doornick, 1676. With engraved title-page and 26 engraved plates showing flowers, fruits and orangeries. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio (35 x 23 cm). Contemporary vellum, recased. Full description
€ 15,000
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Dutch translation of pomological work, with 18 plates

CHRIST, Johann Ludwig and William FORSYTH. Fruitkundig woordenboek, behelzende all hetgeen betrekking heeft tot de kennis en het huishoudelijk gebruik der verschillende soorten van fruiten; tot het aankweeken, veredelen, snoeijen en behandelen van vruchtboomen; tot het aanleggen van broeibakken, trekkassen en oranjehuizen enz.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1805-1806. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 18 folding engraved plates. Contemporary stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 950
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Classic on garden design, with 34 illustration plates

[DÉZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antonie Joseph], attrib. Alexandre LEBLOND. Neueröfnete Gärtner-Akademie oder: die Kunst Pracht- und Lust-Gärten sammt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl anzulegen ... aus dem Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton Danreitter.
Augsburg, Johann Andreas Pfeffel, 1764. 8vo. With the title and imprint on a double-page spread, engraved plate facing dedication and 34 engraved plates (32 folding). Contemporary tanned, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,650
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Elaborately calligraphic testimonial for a journeyman at the Imperial gardens,
with 4 botanical illustrations and the arms of the Erbschatzmeister

[GARDENING]. GEISSNER, Johan Georg. [Testimonial letter for Michel Bauman, journeyman to the master Imperial gardener Johan Georg Geißner, incipit:] Des hoch und wohll gebohrnen Herrn Herrn Phillibbuß Ludwiguß deß heiligen römll: reichs Erb-Schotz Maister Graff von Sintzendarff ...
Laxenburg (near Vienna), 1735. Illustrated baroque testimonial letter in black and brown ink on parchment (34 x 60 cm plus a 4.5 cm flap at the foot), with the Sintzendorf coat of arms above centre (12 x 12 cm), illustrations of 4 exotic potted plants, flanking the text, and the text in richly decorated German gothic calligraphy and handwriting. With the crown above the coat of arms highlighted with gold. With slits through the foot to attach the seal, but lacking the seal itself. Full description
€ 3,500
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Handbook of 17th-century garden design, gardening, house-keeping, medicine,
cooking and much more, with more than 70 full-page illustrations

GROEN, Jan van der. Den Nederlandsen hovenier, ... [= Het vermakelijk land-leven, vol. I] ... Met noch omtrent 200 modellen van bloem-perken, ...
Including: [GROEN, Jan van der]. Twee hondert modellen, voor de liefhebbers van hoven en thuynen. ...
Amsterdam, widow of Gijsbert de Groot, 1699.
With:
(2) NYLANDT, Petrus. Den verstandigen hovenier, ... [= Het vermakelijk land-leven, vol. II].
Amsterdam, widow of Gijsbert de Groot, 1700. Decorated initials (4 or 5 series) plus a few repeats.
(3) NYLANDT, Petrus. De medicyn-winkel, of ervaren huys-houder:... [= Het vermakelijk land-leven, vol. III]
Amsterdam, Gijsbert de Groot, 1683.
3 volumes bound as 1. 4to. Vols. I & II with engraved title-page (each showing a view of an estate through an architectural gate), the 3 title-pages in vol. III each with an engraved illustration. Further with in vol. I 15 numbered full-page engravings of garden plans, views and details on integral leaves, 37 full-page woodcuts with about 200 garden plans, 9 full-page woodcuts of 19 latticework structures, 9 full-page woodcuts of sundials, 1 full-page woodcut of garden tools, and 2 smaller woodcuts in the text; in vol. II 2 woodcut illustrations in text; and in vol. III a full-page veterinary woodcut. Contemporary vellum, the paste-downs have never been pasted down. Full description
€ 2,500
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Finely illustrated work on garden design and layout,
much expanded second edition with 107 engraved plates

[GUIOL]. Essai sur la composition et l'ornement des jardins; ou recueil de plans de jardins de ville et de campagne, de fabriques propres a leur décoration, et de machines pour élever les eaux.
Paris, Audot, 1823. Oblong 4to (18 x 21 cm). With 107 numbered engraved plates on 82 leaves. Contemporary tree calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Exotic and other plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 107 full-page engravings

HERMANN, Paul. Horti Academici Lugduno-Batavi catalogus exhibens plantarum omnium nomina, quibus ab anno MDCLXXXI ad annum MDCLXXXVI hortus fuit instructus ut & plurimarum in eodem cultarum & à nemine hucusque editarum descriptiones & icones ...
Leiden, Cornelius Boutesteyn, 1687. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and 106 full-page engravings on integral leaves (at least 1 by Jacob Harrewijn). Contemporary gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 2,250
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Hand-coloured engravings of 885 wood samples

HOUTTUYN, Martinus and Jan Christiaan SEPP. Houtkunde, behelzende de afbeeldingen van meest alle bekende, in- en uitlandsche houten.
Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp, [1773-]1791. Large 4to (28.5 x 23 cm). With engraved half-title in a frame of 18 wood samples, title-page with woodcut ornament, 5 title-pages (dated 1773) in five languages, each with a (different) woodcut branch. With 100 engraved plates showing over 850 wood samples, and a folding addendum table. With half-title and all 100 engraved plates coloured for the publisher. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, marbled endpapers.  
With: (2) HOUTTUYN, Martinus and Jan Christiaan SEPP. Supplement, of vervolg op het werk afbeelding der houten.
Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp & son, 1795. Large 4to (ca. 28 x 23 cm). With 6 full-page engraved plates coloured for the publisher. Wrapper with printed title. Full description
€ 27,000
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90 apples & pears and 24 fruit & nut trees in 39 coloured plates

KNOOP, Johann Hermann. Beschrijving en afbeeldingen van de beste soorten van appelen en peeren, ...
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(2) KNOOP, Johann Hermann. Beschrijving van vruchtboomen en vruchten, ...
(3) KNOOP, Johann Hermann. Beschrijving van plantagie-gewassen, ...
Amsterdam, Allart, Holtrop; Dordrecht, De Leeuw, Krap, 1790. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. With 39 folding engraved plates (12 of apples & 8 of pears in the first work, showing 90 sorts; 19 of fruit and nut trees in the second work, showing 24 sorts). All coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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Classic work on garden architecture, with 190 hand-coloured engraved plates

LAAR, Gijsbert van. Magazijn van tuin-sieraaden. Of verzameling van modellen van aanleg en sieraad, voor groote en kleine lust-hoven, voornamelijk van dezulke die, met weinig kosten, te maaken zijn.
Amsterdam, Jacobus de Ruyter, [1819]. 4to. With an engraved title-page with a hand-coloured illustration and 190 engraved plates, all coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 4,500
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On the cultivation of fruit trees and the the planning of a herb and flower garden

[LE GENDRE, Antoine]. Der curieuse Pfropff- und Oculir-Meister, so da anweiset, wie eine vollkommene Baum-Schule und Pflantz-Garten anzulegen, und zu unterhalten sey, … Deme noch beygefüget der wohl untersuchte Kraut- und Blumen-Gärtner.
Hannover and Wolfenbüttel, Gottfried Freytag, 1702. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece. Contemporary half vellum, recased with modern endpapers. Full description
€ 1,650
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Rare complete run with ca. 1500 coloured plates

LEMAIRE, Charles, Jean Jules LINDEN and others. L'Illustration horticole, [in volume 1-16 followed by:] journal special des serres et des jardins, … [vols. 17-33:] revue mensuelle des serres et des jardins …  [vols. 34-40:] revue mensuelle des plantes les plus remarquables …[vols. 41-43:] journal populaire de l'horticulture dans toutes ses branches.
Ghent, Gyselynck, Meyer-Van Loo and VanderHaegen, 1854-1896. 43 volumes. Large 8vo (vols. 1-39 & 41-43) & folio (vols. 34-40). With a total of 1551 plates, including 1495 numbered, mostly chromolithographed but in the earlier volumes also frequently lithographs coloured by hand, several uncoloured and some tinted lithographs, including single-page, folding and double-page plates. Further with numerous illustrations in text. Most of the plates were made by J.L. Goffart, P. De Pannemaeker and L. Stroobant after A. Goossens, P. Stroobant and P. De Pannemaeker. Contemporary brown (1-11), red/brown (12-14), black (15-16), black (34-40) and dark brown (41-43) half sheepskin and brown half cloth (17-33). Full description
€ 38,500
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Set of 67 stunning colour orchid drawings from Petschkau (Pecky) castle in Bohemia

MASCHEK, Caroline. 67 studies of orchids.
Cervené Pechy (Bohemia), 1885-1889. 67 drawings of orchids in coloured gouaches on thin laminated board, mostly with a smooth grey surface (32 x 24 cm; the painted images about 14 to 28 cm tall), most captioned with the Latin name, place of origin, name of a botanical collection or reference and the month of the drawing. Some drawings dated and monogrammed by the artist. Each drawing with a tissue attached to the back to protect the next drawing in the stack. The drawings loose in a half red morocco clamshell box. Full description
€ 48,000
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The most important early Dutch book on hunting

MERULA, Paulus. Placaten ende ordonnancien op 't stuck vande wildernissen.
The Hague, Beuckel Cornelisz. Nieulandt, 1605. 3 parts in 1 volume. Small folio (31 x 20 cm). With attractive engraved title-page (showing Diana, goddess of the hunt, a hunter and a falconer surrounding an elaborate cartouche together with hounds, birds of prey, and prey) and 2 double-page woodcut plates showing the castles of Teylingen and Warmond. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 9,500
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Early work on flower gardening

MORIN, Pierre. Remarques necessaires pour la culture des fleurs. Diligemment observées par P. Morin. Avec un catalogue des plantes rares qui se trouvent à present dans son jardin.
Paris, Charles de Sercy, 1658. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,200
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Practical manual for the cultivation of flowers and fruit trees, with frontispiece and 5 plates

OOSTEN, Hendrik van. De Neederlandsen hof, beplant met bloemen, ooft en orangerijen; ... Den tweeden druk.
With: (2) OOSTEN, Hendrik van. Register van alle de soorten der voornaamste vrugten, ... Dito een register van alle de saaden, behoorende tot de moestuinery. ...
Leiden, “voor den uitgeever” [= Hendrik van Oosten], sold by Johannes Du Vivié and Isaac Severinus, 1703. Small 8vo & large 16mo. With an engraved frontispiece after Jan Goeree by P. Sluyter, and 5 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,500
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Drawing models for landscapes

PREISSLER, Johann Daniel. Gründliche Anleitung, welcher man sich im Nachzeichnen schöner Landschafften oder Prospecten bedienen kan, den Liebhabern der Zeichen-Kunst mitgetheilet und eigenhändig in Kupffer gebracht, … Sechste Auflage.
Nürnberg, [for the author], 1766. Folio. With numerous models of landscapes and views, including introductory studies of single leaves and trees, on 16 numbered engraved plates. Modern blue boards. Full description
€ 950
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Jesuit poem on garden art as Louis XIV built Versailles,
with engraved frontispiece and decorations

RAPIN, René. Hortorum libri IV. cum disputatione de cultura hortensi.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale (colophon also naming the printer Sébastien Cramoisy), 1665. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece; the engraved arms of Louis XIV on the title-page; 2 engraved armorial headpieces; 5 further engraved headpieces with pictorial scenes; 3 large engraved tailpieces with baroque decoration; 7 engraved decorated initials. Early 18th-century gold-tooled tan calf. Full description
€ 2,500
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"Repton's longest and most important work"

REPTON, Humphry. Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written.
London, printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. Large 4to (35 x 26 cm). With stipple engraved portrait of the author, 27 aquatint plates (15 hand-coloured or tinted and some with movable overlays), 11 aquatints in text and numerous woodcuts and wood engravings in text. Early 20th-century brown half morocco, richly gold-tooled spine (Sangorski & Sutcliffe). Full description
€ 9,500
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Magnificently produced record of Repton’s Indian phase

REPTON, Humphry. Designs for the Pavillon at Brighton. Humbly inscribed to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
London, the letter press by T. Bensley for J.C. Stadler, sold by Boydell and Co. Longmans, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808. Large folio (55 x 37 cm). With aquatint frontispiece (printed in sepia), a hand-coloured engraved ground plan, 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates (icluding 2 folding, and mostly with movable overlays), and 11 aquatint illustrations in text (7 printed in sepia, 1 in red and 3 fully hand-coloured, some with movable overlays), all by J.C. Stadler after designs by Repton. Contemporary red half morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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Detailed catalogue of succulents, covering the family Alooideae

SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph. Verzeichniss der verschiedenen Arten und Abarten des Geschlechts Aloe, welche von den Herren von Willdenow, Haworth, de Candolle und Freiherrn von Jacquin beschrieben worden sind, oder noch unbeschrieben in den Gärten Deutschlands, Frankreichs und der Niederlanden sich befinden.
[Schloss Dyck, near Dusseldorf, 1817]. 8vo. Original blue coated paper wrappers. Full description
€ 200
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From a series of “the finest engravings of flowers ever made”
by the teacher of Redouté

SPAENDONCK, Gerard van. Anemone double. Anemone coronaria. L. [From: Fleurs dessinées d'après nature,… Recueil utile aux amateurs, aux jeunes artistes, aux élèves des écoles centrales et aux dessinateurs des manufactures].
[Paris, 1799-1801]. Stipple engraving on unwatermarked wove paper (56 x 36.5 cm), printed in colour à la poupée and finished by hand, of a Poppy anemone or Spanish marigold showing six branches with one flower each: three pink-red, two lilac, and one light-green, signed "P.F. Le Grand sculp." In passepartout. Full description
€ 2,750
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First and only edition (here in a fine paper copy) of one of the greatest 18th-century flower books,
with 119 large plates coloured by hand for the publisher

TREW, Christoph Jacob, [C.G. von MURR and others]. Hortus nitidissimis omnem per annum superbiens floribus sive Amoenissimorum florum imagines ... Volumen [I-]II. | Der das ganze Jahr hindurch im schönsten Flor stehende Blumengarten, oder Abbildungen der lieblichsten Blumen, ... [Erster-]Zweyter Band.
Nürnberg, [Johann Michael Seligman], Adam Ludwig Wirsing, [1750-1768-]1772[-1774]. 2 volumes bound as 1. Imperial folio (52.5 x 37 cm). With 119 engraved plates (numbered as 120) showing 128 flower varieties, painted by Georg Dionysius Ehret and others and engraved by Seligmann and Wirsing. With the plates printed on the better quality Dutch paper and coloured by hand for the publisher. Lacking 1 title-page and 1 text leaf. Contemporary mottled calf, each board with a gold-tooled roll border; the richly gold-tooled spine with a large thistle. Full description
€ 125,000
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Curious work on agronomy

VALLEMONT, Pierre Le Lorrain de. Merckwürdigkeiten der Natur und Kunst, in Zeugung, Fortpflantzung und Vermehrung der Gewächse; Oder Der Ackerbau und die Gärtnerey in ihrer Vollkommenheit. Welchen beygefüget eine kurtze Unterweisung die Obst-Bäume recht zu beschneiden. Beyde aus dem Frantzösischen ins Deutsche übersetzet.
Budißin, Johann Georg Hüneln, 1714. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With title-page printed in red and black, 12 engraved plates and 1 small engraving and 7 woodcuts in text. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 750
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12 views of the gardens at Beloeil
"the principal example in Belgium of the classical French style"

VASSE, Jacques-Abraham-Antoine. Souvenir de Beloeil, dédié à son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse de Ligne, née Princesse Lubomirska.
Brussels, Deltombe, 1853. Oblong 1mo (34 x 50.5 cm). With 12 double-tinted lithographed plates (each ca. 24 x 32 cm), by Van der Heecht, Gerlier and Gratry after drawings by Antoine Vasse (11) and Van der Heecht (1) and printed by J. Lots. Contemporary brown half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,000
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245 stunning plates with citrus fruits, views & garden plans

VOLKAMER (VOLCKAMER), Johann Christoph. Nürnbergische Hesperides, oder Gründliche Beschreibung der Edlen Citronat- Citronen- und Pomeranzen-Früchte, .../ Continuation der Nürnbergischen Hesperidum, ...
Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, the author, son and heirs of J.A. Endters, 1708-1714. 8 parts plus 6 appendices in 2 volumes. Folio. With 6 engraved allegorical frontispieces with garden scenes, 4 engraved part-titles, and 235 other engraved plates by the finest German artists and engravers (8 double-page & 13 larger folding). Contemporary richly blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Full description
€ 60,000
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