Lot 92 of 218:
Actual specimens of French trees & shrubs 1820  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$13,200
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
Herbier Forestier, ou Collection des espèces d'arbres et arbrisseaux qui composent les forêts... Dédié et présenté au Roi. Par J.-B. Duchesne Fils, Jardinier en chef de Sa Majasté

Author:
Duchesne, Jean-Baptiste, fils

Place:
[Paris?]

Publisher:

Date:
1820

Description:

[2], 7, [1] pp., 7 bis, 8-10, 10 bis, 11-15 leaves, 16-18, [1], pp., 18 bis, 19-33, 33 bis leaves, 34-36, [1] p., 37-43 leaves, 44-46, [1] p., 46 bis, 47-53 leaves. for a total of 22 pp. of text & 41 leaves on which are mounted  pressed specimens of trees and shrubs. (folio) 36x23.5 cm (14¼x9¼"), original full red morocco, gilt borders with fleurs-de-lis in corners, gilt spine with additional fleurs-de-lis, blue marbled end papers.

A rare and remarkable gathering of actual specimens of trees and shrubs from the forests of France, each one mounted with green thread to recto with printed Latin botanical and French colloquial names, each specimen leaf bound between two sheets of blue paper. In this copy, the specimens have been protected by thin plastic sheets which are neatly taped to the mounting sheets. Sandra Raphael, Oak Spring Sylva, p.22, describes the work: "The trees and shrubs are divided into four groups: main forest trees (oaks, beech, ash, chestnuts, birches, hornbeam, elm); secondary ones (poplars, limes, alder, willows, acacia (that is, robinia), sycamore, field maple, sevice trees, horse chestnut, wild apple and cherry, walnut); main forest shrubs (hazel, hawthorn, dogwood, cornel, wild medlar, blackthorn or sloe, privet); and secondary ones (black alder, purging buckthorn, wayfaring tree, spindle tree, barberry, briar rose, holly, box)." OCLC/WorldCat lists only one copy, at the Huntington Library.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Light rubbing to joints and edges, spine dull, circular dampstain about 8" in diameter, fairly unobtrusive, to front cover which bleeds through to the front flyleaves and faintly to the title page; otherwise very good.


 
Item number:
274780
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