A Avignon: chez Louis Chambeau, imprimeur-libraire, près les RR PP. jésuites, M. DCC. LIX.  / M. DCC. LXV. . Full Leather. Two superb editions, on tulips (second edition) and hyacinths (first), in closely matched original bindings, each in twelve chapters with two folding copper-engraved plates. Hyacinths: 12mo (147 x 86): 156pp. Full fawn mottled calf, spine in six compartments decorated with gilt frames and fleurons, covers paneled in blind, red leather lettering piece gilt, edges stained red, marbled end papers, title page vignette. Tulips: 12mo (52 x 81mm): viii,9-252,pp. Full fawn mottled sheep, flat spine in six compartments decorated with gilt frames and fleurons, brown leather lettering piece gilt, edges speckled red, marbled end papers, title page vignette. Exceptional copies (especially rare in the first edition), beautifully bound and clean throughout. Oak Spring Flora 76 ("full of information by turns erudite and practical”). Hunt 526 (note) and 587. Haller II, p. 352. Payne, p. 24. Fine. Item #BB2489
Two of four treatises (with studies of the ranunculus and of the carnation) written by the French priest and botanist, all published at Avignon. The work on tulips discusses their origin, varieties, cultivation, and beauty. Similarly, that on hyacinths treats etymology, conditions for cultivation, and common diseases. Both "addressed not only to florists and gardeners, but to scientists, flower lovers and cultivated persons generally” and “infused with the author’s profound love for his subject.” (Oak Spring Flora) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).