Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. ix-xxiii

Fending off the ephemerality of political goodwill born of short-lived memory was, of course, Donneau de Visé’s goal in writing the history of Louis XIV’s reign. Several floral...

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1. DISORDERLY FLOWERS

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pp. 1-31

In 1668 the newly formed French Académie royale des sciences commissioned the noted engraver Abraham Bosse, along with flower painter Nicolas Robert and Louis Claude de...

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2. REFASHIONING THE CULTURE OF FLOWERS IN EARLY MODERN FRANCE

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pp. 32-54

Women’s reign over the realm of nature did not go uncontested in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; indeed, by the end of that period, the rule of Flora could be proclaimed at an end. In the sixteenth...

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3. CULTIVATING THE FLOWER

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pp. 55-96

When Jean-Baptiste Dru published the contents of his flower garden under the title Catalogue des Plants, tant des tulips, que des autres fleurs, qui sont à present au Iardin du sieur Iean Baptiste Dru, Herboriste du Roy in 1649 and again...

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4. CULTIVATING THE MAN

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pp. 97-144

In 1650 the French artist Laurent de La Hyre painted an allegorical representation of grammar as part of a series on the liberal arts for Gédéon Tallement’s Parisian hôtel (see plate 5).1 To illustrate grammar, La Hyre depicted...

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5. CULTIVATING THE KING

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pp. 145-204

In 1688, N. Valnay reported in his Connoissance et culture parfaite des tulippes rares that in 1685 Monsieur le Chevalier de Saint Mory, an “illustrious and grand” curious florist, presented to Louis XIV specimens of his new multicolored...

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EPILOGUE

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pp. 205-210

After the death of Louis XIV, the royal garden at Toulon fell into disuse. No records of bulb shipments dated after 1715 have been discovered.1 By 1776 the garden had been forgotten by the monarchy and royal gardeners...

APPENDIX A: Extract of the Inventory . . . by Sieur Cottereau of Flowering Plants and Bulbs that He Offers to Furnish for the Gardens of the Royal Households

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pp. 211-216

APPENDIX B: Plants Included in Jean Donneau de Visé’s Histoire de Louis le Grand

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pp. 217-218

Notes

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pp. 219-300

Bibliography

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pp. 301-330

Index

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pp. 331-338