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  1. 116953

    Gardens Catalogue.

    First and sole edition, including the scarce booklet entitled "Gardens: What They Should Do and How They Are Made". Stephen King-Hall notes in the preface of the book, a treatise on landscape gardening and practical handbook for gardeners, that "one forms the resolution that here is a book to keep, to consult, to savour; on no account to throw away. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [1935]

    Published: Totnes

    Stock Code: 116953

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  2. 116903

    The Fruit Grower's Friend.

    An easy guide for the raising of fruits, for pleasure or profit.
    Second edition (first 1880). A popular reference guide to growing fruits profitably, Haines's pamphlet went through ten editions in total. He urges readers to apply themselves to patient cultivation; with vines, for example, "the little care required in some of these methods will soon be forgotten in the pleasure of having fresh grapes to eat for ten months of the year" (p. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published:

    Stock Code: 116903

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  3. 116898

    A Descriptive Catalogue of Fruits and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Vines, and Plants.

    Cultivated and for sale at the Nonantum-Hill Nursery, Brighton, Mass.
    First edition thus. A 24-page descriptive catalogue was printed in 1863. By 1867 William Chamberlain Strong was a well-established nurseryman and an authoritative author on these topics. His Culture of the Grape had been published the previous year, and was considered "a valuable manual" written by the "prophet" of agriculture and chemistry (The New-York Independent, 1866); Gabler called it a "well-researched contribution" to contemporary viticulture literature. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116898

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  4. 116896

    A Short Treatise on Horticulture.

    Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, &c. Nearly all of which are at present comprised in the collection of the Linnean Botanic Garden, at Flushing, near New-York. With directions for their Culture, Management, &c.
    First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming one of the most important early American contributions to horticultural literature. Learn More
    £1,125

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116896

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  5. 116894

    A Short Treatise on Horticulture.

    Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, c. Nearly all of which are at present comprised in the collection of the Linnean Botanic Garden, at Flushing, near New-York. With directions for their Culture, Management, c.
    First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming one of the most important early American contributions to horticultural literature. Learn More
    £1,125

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116894

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  6. 116530comp
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    The Plant-Magic Man.

    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition of the New York Herald Tribune and Midi Libre. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: Santa Barbara

    Stock Code: 116530

    Signed: Yes

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  7. i1

    The Gardeners Dictionary:

    containing the methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, as also the physick garden, wilderness, conservatory, and vineyard.
    First octavo edition, an abridgement of the first comprehensive dictionary of gardening. Philip Miller (1691–1771) was the most distinguished and influential British gardener of the eighteenth century. His dictionary is a noteworthy milestone in the great sequence of encyclopaedias and dictionaries of that era, fit to rank with John Harris's Lexicon Technicum (1704), Chamber's Cyclopaedia (1728), Johnson's Dictionary (1755), the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768), and ultimately the great French Encyclopédie (1751–1772) of Denis Diderot. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1735

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116084

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  8. 116003
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1732

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116003

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  9. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    With Twenty-nine Plates, containing One Hundred and Seventy Figures of Plants Carefully Drawn and Beautifully Coloured, by James Andrews.
    Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 - "sixth thousand" - and 1842. In his preface Tyas (1811-79) admits his indebtedness to Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs, which was translated by Frederic Shoberl in 1834, becoming the "first really popular English flower book" (Seaton, The Language of Flowers: A History, p. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1842

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115930

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  10. The New American Gardener;

    The New American Gardener;

    containing practical directions on the culture of fruits and vegetables; including landscape and ornamental gardening, grape-vines, silk, strawberries, &c. &c.
    First edition, a handsomely bound copy. "After a brief introduction in which issues of gardening and garden design are discussed, Fessenden provides an alphabetical listing, mainly of fruits and vegetables, in the form of an expanded dictionary. A chronological index contains information about the work to be performed in a garden. According to Hedrick [A History of Horticulture in America to 1860], The New American Gardener was one of the most popular garden books in America in the first half of the nineteenth century" (Dumbarton Oaks). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: Boston, Mass.

    Stock Code: 114646

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  11. The Woodland Companion:

    The Woodland Companion:

    or, a brief description of British trees. With some account of their uses. Illustrated by plates.
    First edition of John Aikin's copiously illustrated pocket guide to thirty-five of the best-known British trees, most of them native species. "But as words alone would be inadequate to enable anyone not an adept in botanical science to ascertain the several species, [the writer] has added a set of plates for illustration, copied from the excellent figures subjoined by Dr. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1802

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114604

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  12. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:

    A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:

    wherein contained, many useful and valuable experiments and observations in the new husbandry, collected during a series of years, also, the most approved practice of the best English farmers, in the old method of husbandry. With copper-plates of several new and useful instruments.
    First edition in English. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, "which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work of Duhamel du Monceau. See Weulersse, Mouvement physiocratique, 1:29–30, 108–11" (Amy S. Wyngaard, From Savage to Citizen: The Invention of the Peasant in the French Enlightenment, 2004, p. 210). The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750, as Traité de la culture des terres, five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1759

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114569

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  13. The Natural History of Selborne.

    The Natural History of Selborne.

    Edited with notes by Grant Allen. Illustrated by Edmund H. New.
    First edition illustrated by Edmund New, in a splendid onlay binding incorporating a variety of attractive natural history motifs. First published in 1789, and one of the great English books of the 18th century, Selborne was "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) "White's Natural History of Selborne is open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 113834

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  14. Forest Life and Sport in India.

    Forest Life and Sport in India.

    First edition, first impression. "An inspector general of forests in India, the author recounts his early service in Oudh, with numerous hunts after tigers, panthers, sambur, and spotted deer. Transferred to the North West Provinces in 1880, he had more tigers and had experiences with rogue elephants. He also provides an excellent chapter on the habits of tigers with numerous shooting experiences" (Czech). Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113831

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  15. English Homes.

    English Homes.

    Norman and Plantagenet; Medieval and Early Early Tudor; Early Tudor; Late Tudor and Early Stuart, 2 volumes; Late Stuart; Sir John Vanbrugh and his School; Early Georgian; Late Georgian.
    First editions, first impressions (save for volume II of periods I and II, Mediaeval & Early Tudor - which was published out of sequence in 1936, this an early impression dated 1937), and an extraordinary set in the original dust jackets. Remains a foundation text for the study of English domestic architecture. In reviewing the issue of volume I, Architecture ("The Professional Architectural Monthly") commented on the scope and ambitions of the series; "This volume forms, it might be said, the undercroft on which the upper stories of English architectural development are reared. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110273

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  16. The Mary Frances Garden Book

    The Mary Frances Garden Book

    or Adventures Among the Garden People. With illustrations by William F. Zwirner.
    First edition, first printing. A thoroughly delightful garden book for children, with all of the "cut outs" present and unused (copies are often found incomplete). There was a series of these books, in which the eponymous Mary Frances also tackled cooking, sewing, knitting, housekeeping, and first aid. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 109645

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  17. The Passing Show.
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    The Passing Show.

    A Garden Diary by an Amateur Gardener.
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper: a collection of Johns's articles for the My Garden periodical, with a number of unpublished pieces and original illustrations by Leigh. Johns is best remembered as the author of the Biggles books, and this is his only book on gardening. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109523

    Signed: Yes

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  18. A Particular Account of the Emperor of China's Gardens near Pekin:

    A Particular Account of the Emperor of China's Gardens near Pekin:

    in a Letter from F. Attiret, a French Missionary, now employ’d by that Emperor to Paint the Apartments in those Gardens, to his friend at Paris. Translated from the French, by Sir Harry Beaumont [pseudonym of Joseph Spence].
    First edition in English and first separate edition of Attiret's "influential account of the emperor of China's gardens" (ODNB); it was originally published as part of Lettres édifiantes et curieuses écrites des missions étrangères par quelques missionnaires de la compagnie de Jésus (Paris: Guérin, 1749). "Jean-Denis Attiret [1702-1768] arrived in China in 1738 to join the French Jesuit mission and from 1739 spent the remainder of his life serving at the Qing court as a painter. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1752

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109230

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  19. Our Sentimental Garden.

    Our Sentimental Garden.

    First edition, with delightful illustrations by Charles Robinson; this copy in a very appealing binding. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109069

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  20. Landscape Gardening in Japan together with: Supplement to Landscape Gardening in Japan: Second and Revised Edition.

    Landscape Gardening in Japan together with: Supplement to Landscape Gardening in Japan: Second and Revised Edition.

    First edition of volume I, second and revised edition of volume II. In 1876 Conder (1852-1920) was contracted to the Japanese Imperial Government as professor of architecture at the Imperial College of Engineering, which "involved him in teaching the first generation of architects in the Western tradition and in acting as architect to the new energetic and innovative Japanese government … Conder arrived in Japan receptive to it and to its culture. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 108388

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