692. [Botany - Pomology]

KNOOP, Johann Hermann

Pomologie, ou Description des meilleures sortes de pommes et de poires [...].

Amsterdam, M. Magérus, 1771

[2]-339 [= 139] pp. [bound with] ID. - Fructologie, ou Description des arbres fruitiers; ainsi que des fruits [...]. Ibid., 1771, [4]-205-[1] pp. (some browning, pl. XIX bound upside down). 2 works in 1 vol., folio.

Cont. half calf, gilt spine on 5 raised bands, gilt black title label (rubbed, corners bumped, sm. def. at tail). Beautiful copy.

2nd French edition (1st 1768) of 2 works on fruit trees for the kitchen garden by J.H. Knoop (1700-1769), curator of the gardens of Princess Maria Louisa in Leeuwarden. The works, among the most beautiful Dutch 18th-c. books, are rightly famous for their engraved and splendid handcoloured plates and for their presentation of many species now lost. The first one with 20 full-page pl. by Folkema and Philips depicting 103 varieties of apples and 82 varieties of pears, the second one with 19 full-page pl. with ill. of peaches, plums, cherries, berries, etc. Ref. Landwehr (Dutch colour plates) 90 & 94. - Nissen (BBI) 1077 & 1079. - Brunet III:681. - STCN. - Not in Pritzel. Prov. Ownership entry on first flyleaf.

€ 800 / 1.000

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