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1092   HORTICULTURE -- LE ROUGE, G.L. Jardins Anglo-Chinois. Cahiers 1-6, 7-20. Paris, Le Rouge, (1775-88). 19 (of 21) cahiers in 2 vols. W. 465 engr. (fold.) plates (incl. 11 engr. text-pp.). 4º-obl. Old (restored) hcf. w. marbled sides, 1 plate lacks, margins of first plates a bit torn/frayed and dustsoiled, some vertical wrinkles in plates of first and last 'cahiers', margins a bit stained in places, a few tiny cracks in fold. plates but most plates in good condition, slightly browned/foxed in places).
estimate EUR 8.000
¶ The most important book of the history of the 18th c. European garden, exemplifying the "garden-mania" of the 'Ancien régime', which was so influenced by English and Chinese styles. George-Louis Le Rouge (1707-90) was a famous cartographer, engraver and architect. He was born in Hanover, the son of the French architect Louis Rémy de la Fosse. From 1736 he lived in Paris, where he obtained a position as military and civil engineer of King Louis XV and Louis XVI. Le Rouge began to publish 'Jardins Anglo-Chinois' in 1775 and continued the project over a period of fourteen years. Included are plans, views and details, often adapted from earlier printed sources, and occasionally from original drawings, of Stowe, Kew, Blair Atholl, Buckingham, Richmond, Chiswick, Esher, Claremont, Windsor, and Wilton, Roissy, Saint-James at Neuilly, Marly, the Trianon, Desert de Retz, numerous other locations in and around Paris, Schwetzingen, Wurzburg, Steinfurt and Orianenbaum. Of the greatest historical importance are the quite detailed plans of a number of gardens that have either disappeared completely or been altered to a point where the original intentions of the garden designer are no longer evident (such as the garden at Raincy which now only exists on paper). On a more exotic note, and typifying the vogue for chinoiserie, the 99 plates of the gardens and palaces of the Qianlong Emperor of China (in cahiers 14 to 17) are particularly valuable, and evidently much more carefully executed than the versions published by Chambers. All of the plates were engraved after Chinese woodblock illustrations or paintings. - See Royet (V.), Georges-Louis Le Rouge, les Jardins anglo-chinois, Inventaire du fonds français. Graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, t. XV, I-483; Kat. Orn. Berl. 3312 (only 19 cahiers). 1: 25 engr. plates & 3 engr. text-pp. Numb. 1-28; 2: 23 engr. plates; 3: 28 engr. plates; 4: 29 (of 30) engr. plates. (Plate 11 lacks); 6: 30 engr. plates; 7: 23 engr. plates & 4 engr. text-pp.; 8: 28 engr. plates; 9: 15 engr. plates; 10: 13 engr. plates; 11: 20 engr. plates; 12: 24 engr. plates & 2 engr. text-pp.: 'Table des jardins chinois'; 13: 26 engr. plates; 14: 11 engr. plates; 15: 28 engr. plates; 16: 30 engr. plates; 17: 30 engr. plates; 18-19: 47 engr. plates & 2 engr. text-pp.; 20: 24 engr. plates. As often vol. 5 'Traité des edifices…' by Chambers is lacking (it was published separately), as well as vol. 21 (not mentioned in index vol. 12), and 'Description du douzieme cahier' (8 pp.).

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