fleurs animées

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Grandville, J. J. (1803-1847) (Illustrator)
Karr, Alphonse (1808-1890) (Author of introduction, etc.)
Delord, Taxile (1815-1877) (Author)
Geoffroy, Charles (1819-1882) (Engraver)
Raban (1795-1870)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1847
Place Term: Paris
Publisher: Gabriel de Gonet
Library locations
George Arents Collection
Shelf locator: Arents S 1115
Engravings -- Hand-colored
Content : 'Botanique des dames' and 'Horticulture des dames': iv, 132 p. at end of vol. 2, signed: Cte. Felix (i.e. L.F. Raban).

Content : 'Une malice de la fée aux fleurs'(facetious history and fable of tobacco): p. [61]-66 and plate facing p. 66 (1st group). 'Sensitive' plate facing p. 271) shows beetle smoking. 'Erratum' (plate facing p. 362) shows tobacco personified. "Tabac ... De grace donc, meadames, mesdames, point de tabac, máeme en fleur': p. 127 (3rd group).

Content : Added wood-engraved title pages, illustrated in colors.

Content : In the original green cloth, with gilt design after motives in the book, signed: J.J. Grandville, Peau.

Content : Plates engraved on steel by C. M. Geoffroy after Grandville.

Content : Vicaire: Manuel de l'amateur de livres du XIX siècle, III, 133-134//Carteret: Tréssor du bibliophile, III, 286

Statement of Responsibility: Par J.-J. Grandville ; introductions par Alph. Karr ; texte par Taxile Delord.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 v. (364, iv, 132 p.) 52 plates (50 col.) 28 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b10782956
UUID: 1c0142f0-c6f4-012f-ae46-3c075448cc4b
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