Curiosities of Nature and Art in Husbandry and Gardening
VALLEMONT, LE LORRAINE DE.
London printed for D.Brown etc. 1707 First English edition 8vo (19.0 x 11.2 cm.) Contemporary calf, raised bands to later spine with contrasting label, gilt lettering. Panels blank. Covers with tooled boarders and central area. Individual flower at corners of central design. Collation: [xvi], 352 + Frontis and 12 copper engraved plates. Michael van der Gucht, Flemish engraver working in England, engraved the frontis. The image on the Frontis is an allegorical picture of "Art" holding a globe and "Nature" sitting across from each other at the bottom of the plate. Behind them is a formal garden and a field being cultivated by several farmers, being observed by people sitting or standing on an adjacent hill. The plates depict aspects of tree structure, reproduction by layering, and collecting sap. There are also a series of pates with large glass bottles used for experiments on plants, flowers and a bird. The plates are very clean. One plate has a repair to fore edge that extends slightly into image area. Text has foxing and browning of paper. Plates are clean and with strong impressions. Provenance: Book plate of "John Conyers, Esq. Copt Hall, Essex" on front pastedown. Good + Contemporary calf (Item ID: 0000424)
Vallemont was an abbot who spent most of his life at Versailles where he was teacher to a number of members of parliament. He had a curious nature and interest in the sciences. He often walked in the gardens and had great curiosity of the practices of the gardeners. Through observation and query, he learned much about gardening and plants which is presented in this volume. [Henrey III,588]