Traité des Arbres Fruitiers

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Traité des Arbres Fruitiers (English: “Treatise on Fruit Trees”) is a five volume set illustrating sixteen different species of fruit tree written by French botanist Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau. Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau

Henri, the son of Alexandre Duhamel, lord of Denainvilliers, was born in Paris in 1700. The Academy of Sciences asked him to investigate a disease which was destroying saffron plants in Ghinais. He discovered the cause was a parasitic fungus which attached itself to the roots of the saffron. This achievement gained him admission to the Academy in 1728. From then on, du Moncaeu studied vegetable physiology. From 1740 onwards, du Moncaeu made meteorological observations to keep records on the influence of the weather on agricultural production. He died on August 13th 1782.

During his lifetime, du Moncaeu produced nearly ninety works, including many technical handbooks.

The book

In around 1750, du Monceau showed the manuscript and illustrations for Traité des Arbres Fruitiers to Rene Le Berryais. The work was made up of research and writing which was started after the publication of Anatomie de la Poire. The text was accompanied by artwork by Claude Aubriet and Magdeleine Basseporte.

The first volume of the work describes and illustrates different methods of pruning and grafting.

A copy of the book was auctioned in 2006 and sold for $4.6 million.

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