This is a rare edition, with designs of the very important 19th century artist, P. Bessa. Pancrace Bessa (1772-1835) was a much celebrated master artist of flowers and plants. The book was published in Paris by Louis Janet, 1821.
An important publication, it features 12 beautiful plates of Pancrace Bessa, a student of Van Spaendonck and a contemporary of Redouté. Bessa was one of the first botanical illustrators of the 19th century.
The text presents a "monograph on tulips and is part of a series of Malo's tiny volumes which include "HISTOIRE DES ROSES, HISTOIRE DES TULIPES, CORBEILLE DE FRUITS and PARTERRE DE FLORE." The selections that he prepared to illustrate Malo's little tulip book are depicted with great style and delicacy, with two or three flowers per plate. The French text includes chapters on the origin of tulips, their history, varieties, culture, and diseases.
A catalog of old and modern tulips as well as selections of poetry and allegory dedicated to the tulip are included. (This publication is cited in the reference works of Nissen #1267, Dunthorne #39 and Johnston #853)
The binding is of plain ivory hard paper board. The page edges are gilt tipped. It measures:5 1/8" x 3 1/8": 1/2" thick. It is in sound condition with light wear to the binding edges. There is light foxing throughout the text, but the colors still remain fresh, the details still clear.
It is a special treasure, complete with the 12 beautifully executed color plates.
Item ID: LC83
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