- Plates sl. browned; 2 plates w. (sm.) tear, 1 repaired w. tape; trifle foxed; a few lvs. sl. waterstained in blank margins; partly trifle wormholed in blank margin; sm. owner's entries on title-p.; bookplate of "Bibliotheca Congregationis Fratrum Tilburgi" on first pastedown, library stamps on first blank endpaper and title-p.; contemp. owner's entry on verso title-p. Rebacked partly w. use of orig. leather; lower joint weak; backstrip sl. worn.
= Pritzel 5075; Cf. Hunt I 388 (Engl. transl. 1693); Kat. Orn. Berlin 3547 (ed. 1739). "La Quintinie was one of the Great French agriculturists of the 17th century. He was also interested in horticulture and gardens, and Louis XIV felt his work was so important, that he created for him the post of Directeur Général des Portagers Royaux. Though La Quintinie held this post with distinction for forty years, his modesty was such that he published nothing of his own during his lifetime. This was rectified shortly after his death when the Instructions pour les Jardins Fruitiers et Potagers was brought out in 1690. It was so practical and filled such a need that it went into many editions" (Hunt). The 12 plates illustrate the planting and pruning of fruit-trees and of various pruning-knives.