(20 1/2 x 13 inches). 48 stipple engraved plates, printed in colour and finished by hand (47 engraved by Louis Charles Ruotte and 1 by A. Chaponnier), after drawings by Prevost. Uncut. Contemporary French pink paper covered boards, expertly rebacked to style retaining the original morocco lettering piece, expert repairs at board edges. Housed in a green morocco backed box First edition of one of the greatest early nineteenth century French flower books. Contemporary with the work of Redouté, Collection des Fleurs is one of the earliest examples of stipple engraved and colour-printed books. The work was published between 1804 and 1806 in 12 cahiers of 4 plates each. The work was compiled to assist designers of china, toiles, and chintzes, with the plates showing flowers grouped together, often matched by season. Dunthorne describes it as, "a work of outstanding importance and interest . issued for the specific purpose of maintaining the great French tradition for excellence of design and draughtsmanship. Perhaps no other prints are more worthy of carrying on the tradition of Jean Baptiste and van Spaendonck than these fine examples of Prévost. Whether bouquets or sprays of flowers or fruit, they possess a splendour and freshness amounting almost to fragrance, which is largely due to the quality of the colour printing" (Dunthorne, p. 33). "The forty-eight plates . comprise a pleasantly varied series of floral bouquets, and arrangements of soft fruits on plates. Each work is skillfully composed and imbued with a transparent luminosity, culminating in the iridescent drops of water that seem about to roll off the leaves" (Oak Spring Flora). Nissen BBI 1568; Pritzel 7332; Great Flower Books p. 127; Dunthorne 229; Stafleu TL2 8319; Oak Spring Flora 55. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Collection des fleurs et des fruits, peints ...
Publisher: chez Vilquin . de l'imprimerie de Gillé Fils
Publication Date: 1806
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