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PREVOST (Jean-Louis). Collection des Fleurs et...

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PREVOST (Jean-Louis). Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits peints d'après nature par J. L. Prévost, et tirés de son portefeuille. Avec un Discours d'introduction sur l'usage de cette Collection dans les Arts et les Manufactures, suivi d'un Précis historique sur l'Art de la Broderie, et d'une Vue générale sur toutes les Manières de Peindre depuis l'antiquité jusqu'à nous; par P. M. Gault-de-Saint-Germain... With an explanation of the plates by Ant.-Nic. Duchesne. P., Vilquin, An XIII-1805. Gd. in-folio (507x327), Text : 2ff.:Title and false-title, iv pp. : Introduction, 19 pp.: embroidery, painting, colors, (2) f.f. Tables, 48 plates with explanations. Bound in full, long-grained red morocco, ornate spine, wide and fine dent. on covers, inner dent. gilt (Contemporary binding). FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE FINEST BOTANICAL BOOKS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Complete with 48 botanical plates, flowers and fruits engraved in dotted colors and enhanced at the time by the pioneering engraver in this field: Louis Charles Ruotte. The author of this collection is Jean-Louis PREVOST PERE (1745-1827). Antoine-Nicolas Duchesne (1747-1827), former Provost of the King's Buildings, who helped create Louis XV's botanical garden at Trianon, wrote the historical and botanical explanations associated with the plates. The plates in this sumptuous Collection were also used as references (Slight wear on last few pages). A VERY FINE COPY, IN A RICH AND ELEGANT CONTEMPORARY FULL BINDING, ATTRIBUTED TO A BRADEL-DEROME. (Dunthorne, No. 229, p. 227).

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