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5 vols bound in one, 12mo (147 x 84 mm); attractive copies in contemporary French calf, labelled 'Traité des Jardinages'. £1950An assemblage of rare books on fruit and fruit trees, all published by Charles de Sercy.I. Second edition (first 1667). Merlet's preface states that he has updated the work to included several new varieties of fruit. 'Once again, pears are the most popular fruit, filling seventy pages, but there are apples, plums, figs, strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, vines, and nuts as well' (Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona).II. First edition of this rare work on fruits and their culture, with a descriptive catalogue of varieties classified according to the month in which they are ready to be eaten. 'Published according to de Sercy's custom without full recognition of the author's name. The edition of 1678 however gives Etienne's name on the title page (Hunt catalogue). 'The gardening monk - a Cistercian - began his book with a short section of general advice on planting and cultivating trees before plunging into a huge, month-by-month catalogue of pears, carefully distinguished as "tres-bon", "fort bon(ne)", "excellent(e)", or "telle quelle". There are much shorter lists of plums, peaches, an apples, as well as an alphabetical index of the pear varieties, supplemented by a few extra ones of uncertain timing and a selection made for a patterned planting of dwarf trees' (Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona, describing the 1678 edition). This book is dedicated by the publisher Charles de Cercy to André le Nôtre, the outstanding garden designer of 17th-century France.III. Later edition (first 1652, very rare) of this important early work on the cultivation of fruit-trees, written by Arnauld d'Andilly under the pseudonym 'Antoine Le Gendre'. 'Le Gendre was "inspecteur des jardins" to Louis XIII before becoming a country priest near Rouen, where he was visited by Pierre Corneille, the playwright, who enjoyed the fruit from his garden. La Quintinie gives him credit for being the first to suggest training fruit trees as espaliers and grafting pears on quince stocks' (Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona).This work went through numerous editions well into the eighteenth century, and a facsimile edition was published in Rouen in 1879. An English translation was published in 1660 as The manner of ordering fruit-trees, commonly assumed to have been translated by John Evelyn from the second edition as above, a copy of which, now in the British Library, he possessed.IV. Later edition (first 1653) of a work attributed in the book's preface to François Vautier, the King's physician. 'This lofty pedigree may have helped to attract similar connoisseurs to the book's practical directions, a select list of varieties, and a complete calendar of pears recommending appropriate kinds for each month. These directions for the discriminating fruit-gardener were the basis of Charles Cotton's Planters Manual, 1675' (Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona).V. First edition of this rare work devoted to dwarf fruit trees and other horticultural subjects. The author, who describes himself on the title as 'Notaire de Laon', dedicated his work to La Quintinye, whose appreciation of Laurent is printed following the dedication.I. Goldsmith A73; Hunt 315; II. Goldsmith E4; Raphael Pomona 11; III. Goldsmith L735; IV. Raphael Pomona 9; V. Goldsmith L560. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1022
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