POITEAU, Pierre-Antoine (1766-1854). Pomologie Francaise. Recueil des plus beaux fruits cultives en France. Paris: Paul Renouard pour Langlois et Leclercq, 1846.

$ 185,000.00

3 volumes (of 4). Folio (16 x 11 inches). 334 copper-engraved plates (of 420) printed in color and finished by hand by Poiteau and after Bouquet, Leuleu, Gabriel, Massard, Bocourt, Legrand, Allais, Rodrigue, and others, and three plates uncolored (some minor spotting). Contemporary calf-backed paper boards (extremities scuffed).

ONE OF THE FINEST AND RAREST BOOKS ON FRUIT.

These are the plates from Duhamel du Monceau's "Traité des Arbres frutiers, nouvelle édition par A. Poiteau et P.F.J. Turpin", 1808-35, republished by Poiteau on his own, with Turpin's name removed from all but 10 plates. The beautiful plates include 39 of peaches, 26 of strawberries, plums, lemons, apricots and many others. Poiteau was a respected gardener and botanist who travelled as far as Santo Domingo, Haiti and French Guiana to collect the many species of plant and animal that he eventually bequeathed to the Natural History Museum in Paris where he became head curator. Nissen BBI 1554; Sitwell p. 94 (note).