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Illustrated work on ranunculi, with 6 hand-coloured engraved plates

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Tractat von den Ranunkeln worinnen nebst andern physischen Wahrnehmungen auch zum Feldbau und zur Gärtnerey gehörige nützliche Anmerkungen vorkommen. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von D.G.L.H.
Nuremberg, Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1754. 8vo. With the title-page and the engraved frontispiece printed in red, and 6 folding engraved plates coloured by a contemporary hand. Later grey paper boards. Full description
€ 1,750
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Manual on ranunculi

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Traité des renoncules, qui contient, outre ce qui regarde ces fleurs, beaucoup d'observations physiques & de remarques utiles, soit pour l'agriculture, soit pour le jardinage. Troisième édition.
Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1763. 12mo. With 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 475
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Italian florilegium, only copy known with 65 plates printed in up to 6 colours

ARENA, Filippo. La natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta.
Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1767-1768. 2 text volumes (4to), bound as 3, and 1 plates volume (oblong folio). With 65 engraved plates printed in colour, occasionally combining up to 6 colours on one plate. The first plate (here wholly printed in dark green) serves as an (allegorical) frontispiece and includes the name of the author and that of Mario Cammerari, the second plate depicts tools, seeds and details of flowers, the third plate contains parterre designs and the other plates depict flowers (several to each plate). Modern flexible boards, covered with decorated paper. Full description
€ 85,000
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Detailed descriptions of orchids from Dutch East Indies and Japan, with 70 plates

BLUME, Karl Ludwig. Collection des orchidées les plus remarquables de l'Archipel Indien et du Japon.
Amsterdam, C.G. Sulpke (back of title-page: printed by A.W/ Sythoff, Leiden), 1858[-1859]. Large folio (44.5 x 29 cm). With hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 70 lithographed plates (numbered 1-66, 9b, 9c, 9d and 12b, including 1 double-page plate), 56 hand-coloured. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, decorated paper (embossed flower pattern) sides. Full description
€ 17,500
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Monumental 12-volume flora, with 721 coloured plates

BONNIER, Gaston. Flore complète, illustrée en couleurs, de France, Suisse et Belgique (comprenant la plupart des plantes d'Europe).
Paris, Librairie Générale de l'Enseignement; Neuchatel, Delachaux & Niestlé; Brussels, Lebègue, [1912-1935]. 120 instalments plus index (forming 12 volumes). 4to. With 721 coloured plates. All instalments in their original wrappers and stored in three modern grey cloth clamshell boxes. Full description
€ 675
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