(GARDENING). MAURIER, M., curé de Gancourt. ~ Le Guide du jardinier et de l’amateur des jardins. [Gancourt (Haute Normandie), early nineteenth century].
Manuscript on paper, 8vo (180 × 115 mm), pp. , 1-3, 2-264, with various mispaginations and the ‘table’ (pp. 211-231) moved to the end of the volume following the addition of supplements. In small but legible hand, in French. An old dampstain to foremargin throughout, with slight mildewing in places towards the opening. Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in manuscript. Soiled and worn in places, but in sound and pleasingly unsophisticated ‘gardener’s condition’.
A French country curate’s gardener’s guide. In two parts: the first an alphabetical sequence consisting mainly of observations on the cultivation and conservation of various fruits and vegetables together with instructions for pruning and grafting; the second a calendar of tasks for the months. To this is added an index and various supplementary notes. The plants are what we might expect of a Norman garden artichokes, asparagus, spinach, beetroot, herbs, lettuces (50 varieties) rhubarb, rocket, melons and vines, and there a couple of interesting chapters on different soil types. There are hints on pest control and notices of just a few flowering plants: hortensia (hydrangea), roses and fuchsia.
M. Maurier identifies himself as ‘bachelier en théologie of the village of Gancourt-Saint-Étienne in the Pays de Bray region of Normandy.