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BIVORT, Alexandre.

Annales de pomologie Belge et Étrangère.

Stock Code
102275
Brussels, F. Parent, 1853
£12,500

This impressive work contains magnificent coloured lithographs depicting apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums, strawberries, raspberries, medlars, and other fruit. 'The descriptions of many of the fruits are taken from an earlier work (Album de pomologie), but the greater number are original ... This work had a great success and remains the classical work of reference, with Bivort's Album for varieties of Belgian fruit' (Bunyard). The work is unrecorded in numerous major botanical reference works (Pritzel, Nissen, Plesch), and is rarely found complete.

ABPC records only 2 complete copies sold at auction in over 45 years.

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Description

First edition. Large 4to; 8 parts in 4 vols, (38 x 20 cm); half-titles, index in Vol. VIII, 383 (of 384) lithographic plates, of which 274 are coloured by hand, some heightened with gum arabic, some possibly partially printed in colour (lacking 'Vitus Troy' in vol. VIII, very little spotting in a handful of plates or text leaves, small repair at two fore-edges, one short neat marginal tear, text block of vol. 1 just splitting); contemporary quarter red morocco over marbled paper boards, spines lettered in gilt, blind ornament in other compartments (minor repairs at spine and extremities).

Bibliography

BM (NH) I, 128; Bunyard, p.441; cf. Oak Spring Pomona 53.

Stock ID:102275

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