Poire de vignel (Pear)

Henri Louis Duhmanel du Monceau

Published by Paris, 1835
Condition: Fine No Binding
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One of the most splendid books on fruit ever produced, “Traite des Arbres Fruitiers” was the result of the collaboration of two lifelong friends, Pierre Jean Francois Turpin (1775-1840) and Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766-1854). The son of a poor artisan, Turpin was largely self-taught but had studied the basic elements of drawing in the art school of his hometown, Vire. At 19, Turpin was sent to San Domingo in the West Indies where he met the young botanist, and student of the great botanist Pierre-Antoine Poiteau, whom was a student of the great botanical artist Pierre Joseph Redoute. This inspired in Turpin an enthusiasm for natural history. This ‘new edition’ was in fact a completely new work, loosely based on Henri Loius Duhamel du Monceau’s Traité des Arbres Fruitiers, published in 1768. Duhamel du Monceau, a French botanist, had the artists Claude Aubriet (ca. 1665-1747) and Madeleine Basseporte (1701-80) illustrate the fruit species to be included in the published work. This fine, hand-colored stipple engraving, “Poire de vignel” measures 20.5" x 13.25" and is in excellent condition with light foxing in the margins. This engraving of pears illustrates a bunch hanging from a branch, expertly hand-colored and finely detailed from their ribbed leaves to the speckled skins of the pears. Also shows are cross sections of the branch bud, flower and pear core, adding a scientific aspect to this already aesthetically pleasing engraving. Bookseller Inventory # jntp32e

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Title: Poire de vignel (Pear)

Publisher: Paris

Publication Date: 1835

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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