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    A Rare Book on Formal Gardens

    Jean de la Quintinye. Instruction Pour les Jardins, Fruitiers et Potagers, avec un Traite des Oranges, suivy de quelques Reflexions sur l'Agriculture. Paris: Claude Barbin, 1690. First edition, large paper copy. Two quarto volumes. [viii], 522, [2]; 566, [2] pages. With engraved portrait and thirteen engraved plates (two of which are folding). Complete. Bound in contemporary full mottled calf. Both volumes skillfully rebacked preserving the original spines, spines tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, five raised bands, gilt board edges, marbled endleaves. Some rubbing and moderate wear to bindings, some repairs and restoration to boards, contemporary ownership signatures on front blanks, some occasional ink markings, offsetting or foxing in text (text is generally clean). A near fine set.
    First Edition of a high spot in the history of formal gardens. "La Quintinye was one of the Great French agriculturists of the 17th century. He was also interested in horticulture and gardens, and Louis XIV felt his work was so important, that he created for him the post of Directeur General des Portagers Royaux. Though La Quintinie held this post with distinction for forty years, his modesty was such that he published nothing of his own during his lifetime. This was rectified shortly after his death when the Instructions pour le Jardins Fruitiers et Postagers was brought out in 1690. It was so practical and filled such a need that it went into many editions." (Hunt describing the 1692 edition).


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