NOISETTE, LOUIS CLAUDE. 1772-1849.
Le jardin fruitier, histoire et culture des arbres fruitiers, des ananas, melons et fraisiers. Paris: Audot, 1839.
2 volumes: text and plates, the first with 2 parts bound together. 8vo (225 x 140 mm). viii, 94, , 348;  pp. 7 engraved plates (2 of which are folding); 152 hand-finished chromolithographed plates after drawings by Pancrace Bessa (2 of which are folding). Period roan-backed boards. Scattered light foxing to text and some plates, plate 2 cropped, 2 plates with short repaired tears, light shelfwear.
Provenance: Arpad Plesch (bookplate; his sale, November 18, 1975, lot 572); bought by Lavigue.
WITH ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR OF A PEAR, attributed to Bessa. The second edition, the first having had only 90 monochrome plates. This copy was used in the colorist's studio, and has an engraved plate from the Herbier général de l'amateur by Mordant de Launay, annotated on verso "Le Jardin fruitier par Noisette / Modèles qui ont servi à enluminer."
There are a few additional peculiarities to this copy: several plates (38, 47, 56, 68 and 89) are annotated with notes on coloring; plates 72 and 116 are avant lettres; plates 143, 146, and one plate of strawberries are from a different work; the 5 lithographed plates usually left plain (70, 81, 86, 88 and 100) are hand-colored here; yet a note at the foot of the colored plate 89 instructs the colorist to leave it plain.
Noisette was the son of the gardener to the future Louis XVIII, and assembled a celebrated collection of plants. Pancrace Bessa collaborated with Redouté on a book of American trees, published between 1810 and 1813.