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Plans Raisonnés De Toutes Les Espèces De Jardins.
Paris: Madame Huzard (Née Vallat La Chapelle), 1838. - folio. pp.1 p.l., 58. 59 partly hand-coloured lithographed plates by C.Motte after drawings by Thouin. 19th century half calf, rebacked (corners worn, dealer's small rubberstamp on title). Third Edition, the first to be issued with hand-coloured plates. The French landscape designer, Gabriel Thouin, was a member of a distingished botanical family, his father and two brothers in turn holding the position of chief gardener at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Thouin's purpose in the present work is not to discuss the theory of the art of garden composition but to provide working plans of all types of gardens, ranging from gardens suitable for simple labourers to those of more ample means. The fruit of multiple observations and fifty years of practical experience, they include designs for parks, symmetrical gardens, orchards, botanical, and pleasure gardens, many of which were actually executed by Thouin. There are plans for two pharmaceutical gardens, a scheme for the enlargement of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, the public garden in the Champs Élisées, a romantic Chinese garden, a fanciful English garden, the Jardin du Roi, a proposal for an experimental farm in a torrid zone, and numerous country and pleasure gardens. Various garden ornaments and structures are shown in the margins of many of the plans and also on four separate plates. The hand-colouring allows for easy discernment of pathways and areas occupied by water. Berlin Kat. 3483. Brunet V 842-43.
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