Pomologie de la France ou histoire et description de tous les fruits cultivs en France et admis par le Congrs Pomologique. Lyons: J.Nigon, 1863-1869. Volumes I-VI only (of 8), large 8 (275 x 193mm). Half-titles. 299 hand-coloured lithographic plates. (Occasional very light soiling or browning to margins.) Contemporary near-uniform French half calf, spines gilt in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, green (on vols.I and II) or brown (on vols.III-VI) morocco lettering-piece in the fourth compartment, the other compartment with repeat decoration in gilt, t.e.g. (covers of vols. I and V slightly affected by damp).
A fine selection from this magisterial work. Volume V includes a 38pp. supplement, being the minutes of the 7th session of the Congrs Pomologique, at which the present work was discussed. Each variety is represented by a plate and full description. The present set includes 160 plates of pears, 55 apples, 10 apricots, 2 quince, 1 medlar, 30 peaches, 26 plums, 5 cherries and 10 grapes. Cf. Nissen BBI 2377. (6)