1197. [Botany - Gardens]
LABORDE, Alexandre de
Folio: -223 pp.; 95 pl. (occ. errors in pl. numbering, sl. foxing, marg. staining - some quite large - and some light marg. damp stains).
Contemp. three-quarter red straight grained morocco, marbled paper covers, blind decorated spine with raised bands, blue spr. edges (rubbed).
First edition illustrated after Constant Bourgeois with a title vignette, an engraved title, 122 nice views of gardens and castles on 89 pl. (Malmaison and the gardens, the great lake of Morfontaine, keepers' lodge at Ermenonville, castle of Méréville and Maupertuis, the park of Tracy, the castle & park of the Roeulx and Beloeil (Belgium), etc.), 2 plates fig. 4 views with hinged overlays showing improvements, 1 technical plate, 2 plans (of the park of Malmaison and Ermenonville) and 1 map of the main locations described in the work. Explanatory texts and captions of plates in French, English and German. The count A. de Laborde (1773-1842) was a French antiquary, liberal politician and writer, member of the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques (political economy section).
Ref. de Ganay 165 (125 pl.). - "Images de jardins", [Exhibition cat.]. Namur, 1996, p. 205. - Berlin Kat. 3479. - Vicaire IV:745.
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