A charming little book on colourful tulips - definitely much rarer than the author's Histoire des Roses, which has the same publisher and format but was published a few years earlier.
The plates are well-executed with great care to detail. The artist, Pancrace Bessa (1772-1846), was "...a student of the great engraver Gerard van Spaendonck and worked alongside Pierre-Joseph Redouté, whose influence shows in Bessa's detailed and delicate treatment of his subjects. He was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salons between 1806 and 1831. Bessa's favourite subjects were fruit and flowers" (Wikipedia).
The format is 12mo, which made it suitable for a pocket or lady's purse. The title page has an engraved and finely hand-coloured vignette,. It contains 12 aquatint plates, all finely hand-coloured. The binding is a contemporary polished calf, boards with gilt border, blind-tooled floral border and floral vignette, spine with five raised bands, gilt ornaments and title. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Pictorial bookplate of "Juliet", and on the front free endpaper, written in pencil "Diana from Juliet" (the same, probably). Spine renewed with preservation of parts of the original spine cover. Some offsetting and age-toning to most plates, some foxing to several text pages; otherwise in good condition.
Reference: Nissen BBI, 1267.
- Número de libros
- Autor/ Ilustrador
- Malo, C.
- Título del libro
- Histoire des tulipes. Ornées de 12 planches en couleur, dessinées par P. Bessa.
- Año de publicación artículo más antiguo
- Primera edición
- Lengua original
- Louis Janet
- Ilustraciones coloreadas a mano
- Número de páginas
- 13.1×8.2 cm