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Prune de Catalogne (Plum)
Paris 1835 - One of the most splendid books on fruit ever produced, “Traite des Arbres Fruitiers” was the result of the collaboration of two lifelong friends, Pierre Jean Francois Turpin (1775-1840) and Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766-1854). The son of a poor artisan, Turpin was largely self-taught but had studied the basic elements of drawing in the art school of his hometown, Vire. At 19, Turpin was sent to San Domingo in the West Indies where he met the young botanist, and student of the great botanist Pierre-Antoine Poiteau, whom was a student of the great botanical artist Pierre Joseph Redoute. This inspired in Turpin an enthusiasm for natural history. This ‘new edition’ was in fact a completely new work, loosely based on Henri Loius Duhamel du Monceau’s Traité des Arbres Fruitiers, published in 1768. Duhamel du Monceau, a French botanist, had the artists Claude Aubriet (ca. 1665-1747) and Madeleine Basseporte (1701-80) illustrate the fruit species to be included in the published work. This fine, hand-colored stipple engraving, “Prune de Catalogne” measures 20.25" x 13.5" and is in very good condition with foxing and staining throughout the margins. This engraving of plums shows then delicately hanging from a tree branch in bunches. The plus are green and orange, with finely colored and detailed green leaves. Below, a cross section of the plum showing the pit, and a detail of the white flowers are illustrated.
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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