London, South Kensington
8 October 2014
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLEMAN
HENRI-LOUIS DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU (1700-1782)
Traité des arbres fruitiers .... Nouvelle edition augmentee d'un grand nombre de fruits ... par A. Poiteau et P. Turpin. Paris: H. Perronneau for T. Delachausée, [1807-1835]. 3 volumes, 2° (535 x 350mm). xii pp. of preface, and the majority of plates with accompanying text. 225 (of 422) fine stipple-engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand. (Occasional light spotting, offsetting and browning, faint dampstain to top margin in vol. I, not into plate images, repaired tear to text leaf 34* in vol. I without loss, pl. 89 in vol. II with split along plate edge but without loss.) Contemporary red half morocco over decorated-paper covered boards, gilt spine, three original livraison wrappers bound in as volume titles (extremities rubbed).
'ONE OF THE FINEST AND RAREST BOOKS ON FRUIT' (Dunthorne p.192). The present work contains over half of the plates from one of the greatest works on fruit ever published, with magnificent plates after Poiteau and Turpin. Although this series takes its title from Duhamel's Traité of 1768, it is an independent work and was intended as Poiteau and Turpin's homage to the earlier work. A team of over twenty engravers was involved. The colour printing was by Langlois, the great French colour-printer who supervised much of Redouté's work. The volumes are in a contemporary binding and are numbered 1-3, with plates 1-138 running sequentially in the first two vols, while the third starts at pl. 195 and runs almost through to 269, with some 14 plates bound out of sequence at the end without accompanying text. A full listing is available on request. Dunthorne 101; Great Flower Books (1990) p.93; Nissen BBI 551; Stafleu & Cowan 1548. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.
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