One of the most magnificent of fruit books. Sandra Raphael notes that “from 1807 to 1835 a new edition of Duhamel’s Trait des Arbres frutiers, expanded by Poiteau and Turpin, was pubished in 72 parts with over 400 new plates. Ten years later, after Turpin’s death, it was reprinted with a new title under the name of Poiteau alone.” The latter had been responsible for the text, although Turpin was also a botanist, and both belonged to the group of flower and fruit artists associated with Redoute. The truly “magnifiques gravures” are devoted to peaches and plums (vol. I), cherries and strawberries (vol. II), gooseberries and pears (vol. III), and a luxurious array of apples (vol. IV).
4 volumes, folio (44 x 33.5 cm), 420 engraved plates by Poiteau and Turpin, printed in colours and finished by hand by Bouquet, Leuleu, Gabriel, Massard, Bocourt, Legrand, Allais, Rodrigue and others, 3 plain plates. Contemporary green half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, some light spotting to text, a few plates with light toning and spotting, generally clean and fresh, a very handsome set.
W. Blunt and W. Stearn, The Art of Botanical Illustration, p.208; Bradley III, p.84 (calling erroneously for 431 plates); H.F. Janson, Pomona’s Harvest, pages 297 & 401; Oak Spring Pomona 31; Nissen BBI 1554; Sitwell page 93 (note); cf. Stafleu & Cowan 1548.
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