BUCHOZ (PIERRE JOSEPH) Collection précieuse et enluminée des fleurs les plus belles et les plus curieuses, qui se cultivent tant dans les jardins de la Chine, que dans ceux de l'Europe, 2 vol.
Lot 496
BUCHOZ (PIERRE JOSEPH) Collection précieuse et enluminée des fleurs les plus belles et les plus curieuses, qui se cultivent tant dans les jardins de la Chine, que dans ceux de l'Europe, 2 vol.
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BUCHOZ (PIERRE JOSEPH)
Collection précieuse et enluminée des fleurs les plus belles et les plus curieuses, qui se cultivent tant dans les jardins de la Chine, que dans ceux de l'Europe, 2 vol., first edition, engraved titles within ornamental borders, printed in red and dark blue respectively, 200 hand-coloured etched plates within yellow wash borders, volume one with captions in Chinese characters, engraved list of plates at end of volume 2, some spotting and soiling (mostly confined to margins), a few wash backgrounds slightly smudged, ownership inscription on titles of Ann Blagrove ("left to I[sabella] F[rederica] Coore, 1834"), bookplate of Walpole Greenwell of Greenwell, contemporary calf, g.e., worn, covers near detached [Nissen BB1 282; Dunthorne 60; Pritzel 1326], folio (462 x 275mm.), Paris, Lacombe and Debure l'ainé, [1776]

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  • An extremely rare and attractive work, not described in Hunt, Stafleu or Great Flower Books, and with no copy in either the Plesch or de Belder collections. Buchoz was the first European to copy the oriental style and aimed this work not just at naturalists and painters, but also at porcelain and textile manufacturers. The first volume, in which the highly decorative plates are captioned in Chinese characters, is devoted to flowers native to China, many featuring birds, butterflies and insects, with pale blue skies and rocky backgrounds. The second volume illustrates in a similar style flowers grown in the gardens of Europe.
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