Paris: Audot, (1817?). Second edition, corrected and augmentes with 5 additional illustrations. 12mo, pp. 37 pages of letter press and illustrated with 30 fine hand colored plates, each with multiple images. Untrimmed and bound in contemporary boards, roan spine label, some minor shelf wear, soiling and foxing. (Small paper wear at lower foredge of the title-page) A very nice clean tight copy. Rare, not known to Nissen, Pritzel, Hunt, Plesch and RLIN. Querard, 122. Not in OCLC which lists single locations of the 10th edition (1834) and the 11th edition (1839). Item #27493
Louis Eustach Audot (1782-1870) was the author and publisher of numerous works on horticulture and botany; the present volume was surely one of his earliest, anonymous, efforts. Querard writes: "Le Bon Jardinier doit chaque annee a' son zele actif de nombreuses ameliorations. Sous la designation d'un Amateur de jardins, il a redige' le cinqieme edition du Traite de la composition et de l'ornement des jardins. Les plans des jardins sont de lui. Son gout pour l'horticulture lui donne les moyens de faire un bon choix de plantes pour la deuxieme serie de l'Herbier de l'amateur, qu'il a publie, et d'indiquer souvent leur histoire et leur culture." 'Le Bon Jardinier', with which the above is associated, was the first garden journal to be issued in France, first in 1754.
The plates include details of the leaves, flowers and sexual systems of various types of fruits and flowers, as well as examples of tools, shovels, rakes, scythes, pruners, barrows, and also several plans for greenhouses and cold frames. The plates are delicately engraved and attractively colored.