Le bon jardinier

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[between 1765 and 1770?]
Librairie agricole de la Maison rustique

This charming and whimsical title page adds a splash of vibrant, flirtatiously bright color to an otherwise primarily technique-oriented book dedicated to outdoor pursuits such as the cultivation of gardens and maintaining beautiful flowers. Are those tomatoes? Are those fruits or flowers? Who cares, they’re adorable! – and attest to the pleasure of decoration. Small imperfections such as off-set coloring and uneven thickness of ink serve to remind the reader that this decoration was done by hand, without the use of more precise machinery. Although this tiny, pocket-sized book was likely far less costly than the other books displayed here, there was nonetheless a desire to enhance the text with this decidedly unnecessary yet quite pleasing element.

Title

Le bon jardinier

Publisher

Librairie agricole de la Maison rustique

Date

[between 1765 and 1770?]

Description

This charming and whimsical title page adds a splash of vibrant, flirtatiously bright color to an otherwise primarily technique-oriented book dedicated to outdoor pursuits such as the cultivation of gardens and maintaining beautiful flowers. Are those tomatoes? Are those fruits or flowers? Who cares, they’re adorable! – and attest to the pleasure of decoration. Small imperfections such as off-set coloring and uneven thickness of ink serve to remind the reader that this decoration was done by hand, without the use of more precise machinery. Although this tiny, pocket-sized book was likely far less costly than the other books displayed here, there was nonetheless a desire to enhance the text with this decidedly unnecessary yet quite pleasing element.

Type

Language

French

Rights

Public Domain

Format

1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (partially color)

Source

Morris Wachs Collection, W.T. Bandy Center, SB7 .B6 1760

Files

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Collection

Citation

“Le bon jardinier,” Gallery, accessed November 21, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1459.