Amsterdam: Marcus Doornick, 1675. Early Reprint. Vellum. Sammelband of key gardening and husbandry texts, complete with all plates showcasing seventeenth-century garden design. Three titles in one quarto volume, including Den Nederlandtsen Hovenier, the most influential horticultural manual from the golden age of Dutch garden design with an impressive collection of woodcuts depicting hundreds of intricate garden layouts. Bound in contemporary vellum and printed in Roman and italic letter. I. Den Nederlandtsen Hovenier: ,96,pp (p. 96 misnumbered 69), with additional engraved title page, 15 full-page plates, 200 models of gardens (introduced by separate letterpress title page, p. 41), and woodcut illustrations in text. II. Nyland, Den Verstandigen Hovenier (Amsterdam: Marcus Doornick, 1672): 76,pp, with large title-page vignette of country estate and gardens and 30 woodcut models of parterres. III. Nyland, De Medicyn-Winckel (Amsterdam: Marcus Doornick [n. d., but probably 1670]), to which is appended his Den Naerstigen Byen-Houder and Den verstandigen Kock (Anonymous), continuously signed and paginated, each part with separate title page engraved with large vignette (of pharmacy, beekeeping, and kitchen interior, respectively, the first two by G. V. Eeckhout): 88pp, with anatomical plates of a horse and cow and smaller woodcut illustrations of distilling appliances in the text. The second edition (first published in 1668), with engraved text added to title page: "Medicyn-winckel voor menschen en beesten." Very good or better complete example of this important horticultural compendium, vellum little stained, binding holding tight, pages browned at margins but still supple, generally fine impressions of plates. Hunt 314 (for 1670 Amsterdam edition of Den Nederlandtsen Hovenier). Bitting, pp. 613-615 ("an important item in 17th centory Dutch cookery and is said to be rare") and Cagle 1096a (for Den verstandigen Kock). For first edition, see Hunt I, 314 ("best illustrations of the famous gardens of Ryswyck, Honsholredyk, and the Huis 'ten Bosch") This edition of Den Nederlandtsen Hovenier not in the Berlin Catalogue nor in the British Museum. WorldCat lists only one copy, in Dusseldorf. Item #BB1462
Dutch housekeeping compendium, first published in 1669, covering gardening, husbandry, bee-keeping and cookery. In Den Nederlandtsen Hovenier, Jan van der Groen, royal gardener to the Prince of Orange, sets forth principles of garden design (for flower beds, parterres, mazes, arbors) and garden architecture (pergolas, trellises, sundials, cloches, greenhouses) drawn from examples at the princely country seats of Ryswick, Honsholredyck, and Huys ‘ten Bosch. Also presented are detailed instructions for the cultivation of various exotic crops from aloe plants to citrus trees (lemon, orange and fig trees are highlighted), including grafting and the training of vines. In the remaining two volumes, Pieter Nyland, a physician and horticulturist, provides a calendar of garden operations, a veterinary manual for farm use, advice on distilling and beekeeping, and (by an anonymous author) cooking recipes with an index of ingredients. The unusually striking illustrations give a vivid idea of the layout and decoration of contemporary gardens. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.