18 December 2002
MORDAUNT DE LAUNAY, Jean Claude Michel & Jean Louis Auguste LOISELEUR-DESLONGCHAMPS. Herbier général de l'amateur, contenant la description, l'histoire, les propriétés et la culture des vigitaux utiles et agriables. Paris: [vol. I:] Didot jeune [vols. III-VIII:] Fain for Audot, 1816-1827.
8 volumes, 8o (251 x 159 mm). Half-titles. 575 hand-colored engraved plates after P. Bessa, P.-A. Poiteau and Ferner Redouté by Barrois, Bigant and others, including 2 double-page and one folding (some occasional light spotting). (Lacking the title in vol. III, some occasional spotting.) Nineteenth-century half calf (some covers detached, worn). Provenance: Henry Walker Williams (bookplates); Massachusetts Horticultural Society (stamps).
FIRST EDITION. The originals for the finely-colored and botanically accurate plates are mostly by Pancrace Bessa, although there are a few by his master Ferner Redouté and Pierre-Antoine Poiteau. In addition to the highly decorative flowering plants and the more exotic species, some fruit are also included in the work. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return. Great Flower Books, p. 159; Nissen BBI 2323; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 4952. (8)
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