[?MORIN, Pierre]. Traité complet de la culture des orangers et des citronniers… Paris: Lamy, 1782.

$ 2,200.00

12mo., (5 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches). Contemporary full mottled calf, the smooth spine in six gilt-ruled compartments, maroon morocco gilt lettering piece in one and gilt-tooled in the rest, all edges speckled (hinges starting, extremities worn with loss).

Provenance: With the pictorial bookplate of H. Pasquier to the front pastedown.

?Second edition, first published in ?1692. A treatise on the cultivation of orange and lemon trees. Pierre Morin, along with his brother René, was one of the most notable 17th-century flower traders and nurserymen. He was well known for his oval-shaped garden, which was written about by many of his contemporaries. “Pierre Morin published his first trade catalogue in 1651. It contained a list of names and descriptions of the bulbs then flowering in his garden that he was able to supply for sale. Morin then, as nurserymen today, intended his catalogue for customers living at a distance, who were unable to view the growing flowers for themselves, to show what he had on offer. It contained 100 named varieties of tulip, 24 ranunculi, 71 bulbous irises and 27 anemones, both double and single varieties, all among the most fashionable flower of the day. He updated the catalogue in 1655, when he had it reprinted, rearranging and enlarging the previous lists, and adding many more anemones. This was again reprinted in 1658 when, on the final page, he announced that he now had many more rare plants, of which he had not yet had time to make detailed lists, as they had only come to him recently on the death of his brother René, whom he described as having been ‘as curious as any in all Europe’…

“On 4 April 1644 [diarist John Evelyn] wrote that Morin was ‘a person who from an ordinary Gardner, is ariv’d to be one of the most skillfull & Curious Persons of France for his rare collection of Shells, Flowers & Insects. His Garden is of an exact Oval figure planted with Cypresse, cut flat & set as even as a Wall could have form’d it: The Tulips, Anemonies, Ranunculus’s, Crocus’s &c. being of the most exquisite, were held for the rarest in the World’” (Prudence Leith-Ross, “A Seventeenth-Century Paris Garden”). Catalogue de la Bibliotheque Publique de la Ville de Narbonne no. 1595.