Le jardinier fleuriste. Didié aux dames. Par un Amateur.
Paris, Marcilly, , pp. [i], 199, (16, Calendrier pour l'année bissextile 1820), engraved dedication, engraved title-page and 21 stipple-engraved plates, all finely hand-coloured, 12mo (77 x 119 mm), all edges gilt, pink boards in matching slip-case with gilt title and ornamentation of gardening tools, etc. Some foxing of text, but not affecting the plates. Fine copy.
€ 950"Alternating passages of prose with short poems, the author discusses the origins of the garden (going back to the time of Homer), and explains how to choose a suitable site for one's own garden. He then presents the history and morphology of various flowers … Le Jardinier Fleuriste closes with verses extolling the beauty of flowers and the pleasures of botany: 'Parmi l'ombre des bois, sur des tapis de mousse, …' These verses are signed by 'Bérenger (de Lyon)' - i.e., Laurent-Pierre Bérenger (1749-1822) - who may perhaps be the author of this work. A calendar for the year 1820 is included, which tells us when this volume must have been published (late 1819). The text is accompanied by pleasing stipple engraved and hand-coloured plates of bouquets, made up of two or three flowers each" (An Oak Spring flora).
* Johnston 818 (without calendar); An Oak Spring flora 94.