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Rare complete landscape gardening journal with coloured plates

ROHLAND, Gustav Adolph.
Album für Gärtner und Gartenfreunde. Ein praktischer Führer zur Anlegung und Pflege von Nutz-, Zier- und Lustgärten. Erster[-Zweiter] Jahrgang.
Leipzig, Arnoldische Buchhandlung, 1856-1858. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 24 + 20 hand-coloured wood engraved plates (4 double-page) and one wood engraving in the text.Vol. 1 in contemporary half calf, vol. 2 in contemporary cloth. IV, 124; VI, 122 (lacking pp. 1-2) pp.
€ 1,950
Rare complete set of the first edition of Album für Gärtner und Gartenfreunde. Volumes 1 and 2 are all that appeared in this annual gardeners guidebook. Both volumes are richly illustrated with 24 + 20 hand-coloured wood-engraved plates depicting a variety of garden architecture and garden plans. The accompanying text provides instructions for creating agricultural, ornamental and pleasure gardens, and for building garden and pleasure houses, bridges, water features, aviaries etc. Both volumes include an alphabetical list of all trees and shrubs related to parks and gardens. They also mention the cultivation and maintenance of trees and bushes by pruning and training them on trellises and decorative panels.
Plate VII in vol. 2 with grid lines drawn in pencil. Lacking a second title-page in vol. 2. Bindings worn and front hinges with a crack. Otherwise in very good condition. Dochnahl 133; not in Nissen.
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