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Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau | Traité des arbres fruitiers, 1808-1835, 6 volumes

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 GBP

Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau | Traité des arbres fruitiers, 1808-1835, 6 volumes

Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau | Traité des arbres fruitiers, 1808-1835, 6 volumes

Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 GBP

Lot sold:

94,500

GBP

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Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau


Traité des arbres fruitiers. Paris: 1808-1835


6 volumes, folio (534 x 346 mm.), 422 stipple-engraved hand-coloured plates, contemporary rich green morocco gilt, morocco labels to spine


These monumental volumes contain the exquisite work of the two great watercolourists, Turpin and Poiteau, as well as several other engravers; together 422 stipple-engraved plates cover the varieties of fruits including peaches, pears, apples, plums, cherries, strawberries, and grapes. This 6 volume edition contains non-consecutive plate numbers as they are in the order of the original 66 livraisons.


The new edition by Antoine Poiteau and Pierre-Jean-François Turpin of Duhamel’s 1768 work is certainly one of the most exceptional botanical books produced in France during the great era of botanical writing. Poiteau was a pupil of Redouté and head gardener of the castle of Fontainebleau. He travelled widely in the Caribbean and South America, where he met Turpin in Haiti, and brought back 1,200 species to France. Pierre-Jean-François Turpin was a self-taught artist, and one of the finest and most prolific botanic illustrators of the Napoleonic era. In 1846 the present work was re-issued as the Pomologie française with Poiteau's name on the title, but Turpin's removed from all but 10 of the plates.


"One of the finest and rarest books on fruit, with many beautiful plates" (Dunthorne).


LITERATURE:

Dunthorne 192; Great Flower Books, p. 55

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