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La Th?orie et la Pratique du Jardinage ... Nouvelle Edition
Paris: Jean Mariette, 1713. Quarto. (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches). [8], 293, [1], [10], [2]pp. 38 engraved folding or double-page plates. Mid-eighteenth century manuscript note laid in concerning authorship of the work and the various editions published. Contemporary calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt Provenance: Jacques-Gery-Joseph Colpin (early booklabel) The expanded and corrected second edition of the most influential French work on garden design of the first half of the eighteenth century. "The author was at various times maitre de comptes for Paris and counsellor to the King of France. A writer, naturalist and collector, he studied architecture under Alexandre Le Blond, to whom the work has sometimes been incorrectly ascribed, drawing under Bernard Picant and painting under Roger de Piles ... [The work] describes the manner of gardening practiced by Andre Le Notre (1613-1700), who designed or redesigned the gardens of Versailles, the Tuileries and Fountainebleau. The work deals with garden design and such details as the creation of parterres, mazes, garden buildings, ornaments, and fountains ... According to Henrey, Le Blond, the noted architect and designer of the Peterhof garden, did the original sketches for about three quarters of the plates, with the remainder done by the author" (Johnston). The present second edition includes additional plates and text not found in the first edition."It is especially valuable as a record of the manner of gardening as practised by Le Notre. The original French work appeared anonymously in Paris in 1709, and in the opinion of Gothein: 'Never before did a book lay down the principles of any style so surely and so intelligibly in instructive precepts.' The popularity of the work is attested by the fact that it was published five times in Paris, three times at the Hague and three times in London" (Henrey). Hunt 421; Johnston 324 (first edition); cf. Henrey II: pp491-493.
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