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L'Antotrofia ossia la coltivazione de'fiori - Piccioli, Antonio - 1834. 
Florence 1834 - Lantotrofia ossia la coltivazione defiori. Florence, V. Batelli, 1834. 4to. 798 + (2)p. With 72 hand-coloured lithographs by the author. Contemporary half calf, richly decorated gilt spine in two panels each with central lyre motif. Attractive Italian work on the maintenance of flowering plants in successive months. Reliable horticultural information and floral symbolism are combined in this beautifully produced volume. Each of the 12 sections represents one of the months, and the author shows how a succession of flowering plants can be maintained throughout the year; to obtain the maximum pleasure from the plant, each is described botanically, with short details of cultivation, history, etymology of name and date of introduction. Short poems, entitled Emblema, accompany the descriptions including quotations from Erasmus Darwin, Delille, Gazzardi and Petrarch. The plants are specially selected for their decorative appeal in the summer garden, greenhouse or conservatory, or as cut or pot plants in the house. The fine fresh plates with subtle colouring are by Corsi after Antonio Piccioli (Plates I-VI are signed). Single stems of flowering plants often with a butterfly or insects fill the page; there are selected bouquets and one or two charming plates showing horticultural operations. The author (1741-1842) was curator of the Botanic Garden at Florence, and a member of horticultural societies in London and Berlin. A good copy in an attractive contemporary binding, faint marginal waterstain to few a leaves. Plesch 599; Stafleu & Cowan 7884; Sitwell, Great Flower Books, 1700-1900, p125. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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