GOBELIN, Abbé. Le Jardinier Royal, qui enseigne la manière de planter, cultiver, & dresser toutes sortes d'arbres. Avec une briefve méthode pour bien greffer tous fruicts à noyau, ensemble le moyen de faire pépinières, & eslever des arbres pour espaliers, contr' espaliers, buissons, & toutes sortes d'autres arbres fruictiers. , 308,  pp. 24mo., 132 x 80 mm, bound in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt. Paris: Chez Charles de Sercy et Jean Guignard, 1661.
First Edition of this rare garden treatise published during the time of Molière. This is the only known work by the Abbé Gobelin (the name may have been used pseudonymously). The publishers, Charles de Sercy and Jean Guignard, are known to have issued works by Molière himself.
The present work features a dedication by the printers to "Monseigneur le Procureur General, Ministre d'Estat, & Sur-Intendant des Finances." This was none other than Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680), one of Mazarin's most loyal and wealthiest supporters (Fouquet's wealth even surpassed the Cardinal's). In late 1661, Louis XIV had Fouquet arrested on false charges; the trial lasted three years, and Fouquet spent the rest of his life imprisoned in the fortress of Pignerol. It would appear that Fouquet's fall from grace did nothing to improve the sales, and subsequent survival, of this little gardening book.
Features practical gardening and husbandry as was then known, including movement of the sun, remedies against the snails, caterpillars, wasps and ants, the means of harvesting fruit, the planting of the hedges and bushes, making seedbeds, the varieties of trees, preparing soil, planting trees and much more. Headcap repaired; overall an excellent copy of a rare book. No copy appearing at auction as per ABPC.
PROVENANCE: seventeenth-century owner's inscription on title page: "Ex libris P.A.A. Beles."
Barbier II, 982. Vente Baron Pichon, no. 191. Not in Hunt.
Item nr. 166952