LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis (c.1710-1790). [Cahiers des Jardins Anglo-Chinois]. [Paris: for Le Rouge, 1770-1789].
LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis (c.1710-1790). [Cahiers des Jardins Anglo-Chinois]. [Paris: for Le Rouge, 1770-1789].
LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis (c.1710-1790). [Cahiers des Jardins Anglo-Chinois]. [Paris: for Le Rouge, 1770-1789].
LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis (c.1710-1790). [Cahiers des Jardins Anglo-Chinois]. [Paris: for Le Rouge, 1770-1789].
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LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis (c.1710-1790). [Cahiers des Jardins Anglo-Chinois]. [Paris: for Le Rouge, 1770-1789].

First edition. Rare, unfolded copy in original condition. The most important printed work of the 18th century on the history of European gardens and the influence of the Anglo-Chinese aesthetic. The popularity of that garden style swept Europe at the time, and Le Rouge's work contains a special chapter of 99 plates dedicated to the Chinese Emperor’s gardens.

Le Rouge was born in Hanover from whence his family fled the persecutions against the Huguenots. He started his career as a cartographer, publishing large maps of Darmstadt and Alsace, the War of the Polish Succession and, in the service of Maurice of Saxony, a large map of Holland. He was later associated with John Rocque to adapt and translate maps published in England.

Following the increasing interest in English-Chinese gardens in Europe, Le Rouge started working on his chef-d'oeuvre alongside his cartographic publishing. The present copy comprises 21 parts published between July 1775 and December 1788, containing 483 views, including the unannounced 'Parc de Meudon' and 11 pages of text, charts and tables, all engraved.

The most famous gardens illustrated here are: Stowe, Kew, Blair Atholl or Buckingham in England; Roissy, Monceau, Désert de Retz, Trianon, Raincy in France; Schwetzingen, Wurzburg, Steinfurt in Germany. The 99 plates of parts XIV to XVII are dedicated to the emperor of China’s gardens, including the celebrated Yuanming Yuan that was destroyed in 1860.

This is the very first complete western illustration of Chinese Gardens. Complete, unfolded copies are of the utmost rarity; the present copy, in its contemporary binding with the single plates unfolded, lacks only one plate and is the most complete to be auctioned in decades. Royet (V.), Georges-Louis Le Rouge, les Jardins anglo-chinois, Inventaire du fonds français. Graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, vol. 15, I-483; Cereghini (E.), Les Jardins anglo-chinois à la mode, un recueil à l'image des nouveaux jardins du XVIIIe siècle, in Royet, op. cit., pp. 56-72 ('Cet assemblage de lieux disparates fait du recueil de Le Rouge un ouvrage unique et exceptionnel qui reflète d'une part la dimension sociale et culturelle de ce phénomène appelé "jardinomania" et d'autre part la dimension hétérotopique, pacifiste et universelle, propre au jardin de toute époque.'); Kat. Berlin, 3312 (19 cahiers); Ganay, 99 ('Ils sont extrêmement rares à rencontrer complets, même dans les bibliothèques publiques.').

21 parts, folio (447 x 300 mm), bound unfolded, 483 engraved plates; 4 parts in original blue publisher wrappers, 17 bound in 3 volumes contemporary soft-cover. 38 pages of text in part V and part XII (8 pp. of text), are missing here, as well as the plate 28 of part VIII; Parts XIII to XVI in original blue publisher wrappers; the plates of part V were trimmed at the frame and pasted up (small dampstain at the lower right corner of part XII).
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