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[offered together with]: ATLAS DE L’HERBIER DES DEMOISELLES. Paris, Allouard et Kaeppelin, Libraire-Éditeur-Commissionnaires ... 1850. An attractive, though mixed set of the third edition (first 1847) and first edition, of this charming work of instruction for young French women about the cultivation of herbs, and for the establishment and care of a garden. Both text and atlas are most attractively illustrated and hand-coloured, with textual engravings and plates by F. Leblanc from drawings by Belaife, illustrating flowers, leaves, fruits, berries, seeds and mushrooms. The text volume was first published in 1847 and went through nine editions over twenty years. The much rarer atlas volume was separately issued first in 1850, and followed only by an undated 1865 edition. This separate issue and sale of both text and atlas has led to an inevitable scarcity of complete sets. Pritzel 283; Nissen BBI supp. 54n; Plesch p. 130; BMC NH, p. 71 (text vol.); see Gumunchian 395-398 for earlier editions; OCLC locates copies at Arizona and the Lloyd Library for this edition of the text, with seemingly only one copy of the atlas at Bern.
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Two volumes, 8vo text and 4to atlas; pp. [viii] including blank, 475, [1] blank; with attractive engraved frontispiece showing young ladies gardening, and numerous text wood engravings of which the majority are hand-coloured, gathering 19 misbound; atlas ff. [2], 124, comprising 15 divisional part-titles, [1] index (pp 123-4) and 107 hand-coloured engraved plates; title-page and frontispiece of text volume a little foxed and browned, with occasional light foxing and marginal browning, and two book-labels on front paste-down; atlas title page with appealing hand-coloured vignette, half title and index leaf somewhat browned, a little foxed and soiled throughout; text volume in the original decorative blue publisher’s cloth, tooled in blind and gilt, all edges gilt, head and tail of spine lightly bumped, small tear to rear upper joint, gilt a little faded, surfaces and extremities scuffed and lightly worn; atlas volume in contemporary green quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, extremities a little bumped and rubbed.
Author [BOTANY FOR LADIES.] AUDOUIT, Edmond.
Date 1848.
Publisher Troisième édition revue et augmentée. Paris, Allouard et Kaeppelin, Libraire-Éditeur-Commissionnaires ...

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