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Instruction Pour les Jardins, Fruitiers et Potagers, avec un Traite des Oranges, suivy de quelques Reflexions sur l'Agriculture
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1690. 2 volumes, 4to. (10 x 7 1/4 inches). [viii], 522, [2]; 566, [2] pages. Engraved headpieces. Engraved portrait and thirteen engraved plates (two folding). Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers Lovely set of the first edition of the most important work by "the leading French gardener of the seventeenth century" (Raphael). "La Quintinye was one of the Great French agriculturists of the 17th century. He was also interested in horticulture and gardens, and Louis XIV felt his work was so important, that he created for him the post of Directeur General des Portagers Royaux. Though La Quintinye held this post with distinction for forty years, his modesty was such that he published nothing of his own during his lifetime. This was rectified shortly after his death when the Instructions pour le Jardins Fruitiers et Postagers was brought out in 1690. It was so practical and filled such a need that it went into many editions" (Hunt). John Evelyn would translate the work into English, first published in 1693 under the title The Compleat Gard'ner .While Amsterdam piracies and later editions are common, the present first edition is scarce. Hunt I: 388 (English edition); Brunet III:p.838; Raphael, Oak Spring Pomona I.
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