Études de Fleurs et de Fruits, peints d'après Nature, par Madame Vincent et gravés par Lambert ainé. Dédié aux Jeunes Demoiselles.
Paris, chez Bauce aîne, md d'estampes, (c. 1820). Folio (410 x 285mm). pp. (2), 4, with 48 stipple engraved plates, printed in colour and retouched by hand and 4 extra stipple engraved plates, printed in colour and retouched by hand by J.L. Prevost and engraved by Teillard. A fine binding of contemporary cream paper boards, later half red morocco, with red morocco title label on upper cover.
First Edition. A Beautiful and Extremely Scarce Work. One of Only Five Complete Copies Known. According to Dunthorne this work is 'among the most exquisite of all flower prints'. Very scarce suite of plates of floral bouquets by Madame Henriette Antoinette Vincent (1786-1830) pupil of Van Spaendonck and Redouté, the most famous flower painters of the period. This fine suite of plates is very much in the tradition of their best work. The plates are stipple engraved and printed in colours with fine hand-finishing. One of the most highly talented botanical artists in Paris in the early 19th century Madame Vincent exhibited flowers in watercolours at the 1814, 1819, 1822 and 1824 Paris Salon. Madame Vincent's magnum opus 'Études de fleurs et de fruits: Peints d'après nature'. First published in Paris in 1820 with 48 hand-finished coloured engravings by Lambert, her brother-in law, it was republished the same year in London with hand-coloured aquatints by T.L. Busby that reversed the images in the original volume, and was dedicated to "young women", presumably those who might follow in Madame Vincent's footsteps. The subjects of the coloured engravings include colourful flowers like tulips, pinks, narcissus, hyacinths, carnations, and anemones; the fruits depicted included grapes, cherries, plums, and strawberries; the finely detailed, naturalistic images typically show clusters of flowers and fruits with their leaves against a plain background and many are further enhanced by such details as water droplets, a ladybird sitting on a leaf, or butterflies flitting nearby. Today Madame Vincent's floral bouquets continue to be appreciated as masterpieces of delicacy and beauty from the heyday of the florilegium. There were no complete copies of the present work in the Plesch or de Belder Collections, the most important botanical collections to have been sold at auction in the second half of the last century. 4 plates with marginal paper repair at the outer margin, and one plate with paper repair at the lower outer corner, all without loss of illustration. A very fine copy of one of the most splendid and rare botanical books. The last 4 plates by Prevost, which do not belong to the work, are equally beautiful. Dunthorne 319; Nissen BBI, 2066; Great Flower Books p. 71.
Item nr. 9949
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