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  • Fleurs poétiques dédiées a S.A.R. Madame, duchesse de Berry … orné de seize gravures de fleurs coloriés. by DENNE-BARON, P[ierre-Jacques-René]. DENNE-BARON, P[ierre-Jacques-René]. ~ Fleurs poétiques dédiées a S.A.R. Madame, duchesse de Berry … orné de seize gravures de fleurs coloriés. Paris: [Lachevardiere fils for] Librairie d’Alexis Eymery, 1825.
    FIRST EDITION of this delightful collection of floral poetry illustrated with unusual colour printed plates, each of two or three tints probably applied to the… (more)

    FIRST EDITION of this delightful collection of floral poetry illustrated with unusual colour printed plates, each of two or three tints probably applied to the plate simultaneously. They are described by the online catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale as lithographs, but they appear to be a kind of stipple engraving. A couple are marked as being after drawings by Poitreau, one of the most prominent botanical artists of the era (alongside Redouté). The work is dedicated to the young salon host, collector and bibliophile, the duchesse de Berry (1798-1870). An Italian princess, she had married the duc de Berry in 1816, bearing him four children before his assassination in 1820. Her children were direct descendants of Louis XIV and thus her family were important during the Bourbon restoration as representatives of the Legitimist claim to the throne of France. She was exiled after the 1830 July Revolution and lived successively at Bath and Edinburgh before returning to Italy, where she intrigued for an unsuccessful Legitimist rebellion and a return to France.

    The plates comprise: Le lis, la rose, la violette, la fleur d’oranger, la scabieuse, le bleuet, l’immortelle, la perce-neige, le soleil, les marguerites, le laurier rose, l’hortensia, le souci, l’astérie, le pavot et le narcisse and le lilas.

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  • Histoire des roses... orné de 12 planches, en couleur, dessinées par P. Bessa. by MALO, Charles. MALO, Charles. ~ Histoire des roses... orné de 12 planches, en couleur, dessinées par P. Bessa. Paris: [P. Didot, l’aîné for] Louis Janet, [ 1818].
    First edition. An elegant new year gift book, comprising an illustrated survey of the popular French rose varieties, notes on culture and cultivation and a… (more)

    First edition. An elegant new year gift book, comprising an illustrated survey of the popular French rose varieties, notes on culture and cultivation and a collection of rose poetry, completed with a calendar for the year 1819. The finely engraved plates are after Pancrace Bessa, a pupil and collaborator of Henri Redouté, painting tutor to the duchesse de Berry, and from 1823, replacing Redouté as official painter at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle. The book was reissued several times with added calendars for successive years. The varieties illustrated include: Grand cuisse de nymphe, Rose de Portland, Damas simple, Manteau d’Evêque and Rose Bichonne. Nissen 1266; Pritzel 6445.

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