8 December 2015
MOLLET, André (d.1665?). Le jardin de plaisir, contenant plusieurs desseins de jardinage tant parterres en broderie, compartiments de gazon, que bosquets, & autres. Stockholm: Henry Kayser, 1651.
2° (390 x 255 mm). Engraved portrait of the author's father by Michel Lasine, title within wide decorated woodcut border, 30 engraved plates (all but one double page and/or folding), mounted on guards. (Title slightly darkened with minor marginal repairs, a few plates with marginal repairs.) Early 20th-century vellum. Provenance: Emily, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1819-1895), the Lansdowne family owned one of England’s premier landscape parks (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of this milestone of garden literature. This work was printed and published in Sweden with French text. The plates were engraved after Mollet’s own designs, and greatly influenced the development of the art of gardening all over Europe; the engravings show a variety or arabesque parterres, grand scale landscaping as well as designs for small flower beds, and numerous designs for border shrubs, plants and flowers. “Andre Mollet was the first to advocate the planting of avenues of trees on an extensive scale. The Mollet family were forerunners of the splendours of Le Notre whose work also had wide-spread influence over the Royal Gardens of the seventeenth century” (Hunt 253).
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