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Title: Souvenir de Beloeil, dédié à son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse de Ligne, née Princesse Lubomirska.Brussels, Deltombe, 1853. Oblong 1mo (34 x 50.5 cm). With 12 double-tinted lithographed plates (each measuring ca. 24 x 32 cm), by Van der Heecht, Gerlier, Gratry after drawings by Antoine Vasse (11) and Van der Heecht (1) and printed by J. Lots. Contemporary brown half sheepskin.
Description: , . . De Ganay 249; Oxford companion to gardens, pp. 47-52; WorldCat (3 copies). Very rare first and only edition of an attractive suite of lithographs, limited to 150 copies, of the gardens at Beloeil, "the principal example in Belgium of the classical French style". "It was not until the mid-18th century, at Beloeil, that the French classical garden finally gained a firm hold in the Belgian provinces ... the present gardens are the result of rearrangement made for the most part in the mid-18th century under Prince Claude-Lamoral II de Ligne, assisted principally by the French architect Jean-Baptiste Bergé..." (Oxford companion to gardens).The suite is preceded by letterpress text, including a dedicational poem to the Princess de Ligne whose husband, Prince Eugène had commissioned the most recent additions to the gardens which included an orangery and rustic temple. This poem is followed by three parts, respectively describing the estate, the history of the grounds and castle and a brief history of the family. Some minor stains on the first two pages and a few minor spots throughout, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities and spine damaged.

Keywords: *NATURAL HISTORY, Castles, Gardens & Mansions, Colour Printing, *LOW COUNTRIES, Prints & Print Series, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, Horticulture & Forestry, *ART & ARCHITECTURE

Price: EUR 3000.00 = appr. US$ 3260.54 Seller: A. Asher & Co. B.V.
- Book number: A3IAZNNTU56Q

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