27 October 2010
FRANEAU, Jean. Jardin d'hyver ou cabinet des fleurs. Douai: Pierre Borremans, 1616.
4° (202 x 147mm). Engraved title by Anthoine Serrurier, 50 full-page
engraved illustrations of flowers, and 2 full-page engraved
illustrations of gardens by Serrurier. Woodcut initials and
type-ornaments. (Occasional offsetting, lacking the plate preceding 2A1 called for by Hunt.) Mid-20th-century crushed red morocco janseniste by Devauchelle, spine lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (extremities very lightly rubbed). Provenance: occasional plant-names in an early hand -- early inscription on verso of final leaf -- traces of inkstamp erased from foot of title.
FIRST EDITION. 'C'est un livre que recommandent la facilité des
vers, l'érudition des notes et la belle exécution des planches'
(Brunet). Franeau's early botanical work is illustrated with plates of flowers and a repeated view of a garden; the view and some of the
floral plates are copies in reverse from Crispijn vande Pas's Hortus floridus, which was first published in 1614 (cf. Blunt and Stearn pp. 111-112). RARE: this is the only copy recorded at auction in over 30 years. Brunet II, 1380; Cleveland Collections 164 (calling for only 49 engraved illustrations); Hunt 203; Nissen BBI 'Nachträge und Ergänzungen' 649n (apparently not calling for the plate before 2A1); Pritzel 3009.
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