Published: A Paris : Et se vandent au Logis de l'auteur, Rue du Four, 1623.
Pierre Vallet was the first botanical painter in the French Court of the
seventeenth century. He also held the titles of royal gardener and royal embroiderer,
and his book, Le Jardin du Roy Très Chrestien, Loys XIII, Roy de France et
de Navare, published in Paris in 1623, was actually a pattern book for painters,
embroiderers, and tapestry weavers. It had been preceded by what was perhaps the
first florilegium published in Europe-the 1608 volume, Le Jardin du Roy très
Chrestien Henry IV. The two volumes differed only in the number of plates,
twenty additional having been added to the 1623 edition. All of the drawings were
based on plants growing in the King’s Garden and in the personal garden of the royal
botanist, Jean Robin (1550-1629). The plates are uncolored, but the text describes
the colors of the flowers.