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

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora. 1842

    £950

    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. …Read more

  2. Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection

    Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection 1727–8

    £1,250

    First collected edition, revised and corrected. The first three volumes are a new edition of the periodical published in 1692–1703, and were also issued under in 1727 by Woodman and Lyon under the title A Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade. The fourth …Read more

  3. Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.

    Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening. 1816

    £22,500

    First edition of Repton’s last treatise on landscape gardening, written together with his son. Fragments is illustrated in the familiar Repton manner, with overslips used to show the changed landscape before and after Repton’s improvements. He was by now famous, mentioned for example in Jane …Read more

  4. The New American Gardener;

    The New American Gardener; 1828

    £750

    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 …Read more

  5. The Woodland Companion:

    The Woodland Companion: 1802

    £375

    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 …Read more

  6. The Natural History of Selborne.

    The Natural History of Selborne. 1900

    £1,875

    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 …Read more

  7. Forest Life and Sport in India.

    Forest Life and Sport in India. 1910

    £175

    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 …Read more

  8. The Fruit Grower’s Guide.

    The Fruit Grower’s Guide. [1892]

    £675

    First editions, first impressions. With a contemporary leaflet from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries laid in. Read more

  9. The Garden at Eichstätt: The Book of Plants by Basilius Besler.

    The Garden at Eichstätt: The Book of Plants by Basilius Besler. 2000

    £125

    First edition, first impression of Taschen’s reproduction of Besler’s florilegium. The original catalogue, first published in 1613 and containing 367 copperplate engravings, was a milestone in botanical and horticultural printing. Read more

  10. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1921–37

    £6,500

    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 …Read more

  11. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1920–37

    £6,000

    First editions, with the exception of Periods I and II, Volume II, which is a second edition copy. An attractively bound set of this richly illustrated overview of the development of the architecture and garden planning of English homes, written by the architectural editor of …Read more

  12. The Passing Show.

    The Passing Show. 1937

    £575

    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, …Read more

  13. The Mary Frances Garden Book

    The Mary Frances Garden Book 1916

    £350

    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 …Read more

  14. A Particular Account of the Emperor of China’s Gardens near Pekin:

    A Particular Account of the Emperor of China’s Gardens near Pekin: 1752

    £1,250

    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). …Read more

  15. Our Sentimental Garden.

    Our Sentimental Garden. 1914

    £275

    First edition, with delightful illustrations by Charles Robinson; this copy in a very appealing binding. Read more

  16. 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. 1893 & 1912

    £1,875

    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 …Read more

  17. Home and Garden.

    Home and Garden. 1900

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  18. Temple of Flora,

    Temple of Flora, 1951

    £750

    First Collins edition, attractively bound. Designed by George M. Rainbird and Ruari McLean, this edition reproduces all but four plates from the volume held by the Library of Eton College. “The Temple has been characterized as a visually magnificent failure, with ‘little botanical value’ (Blunt …Read more

  19. Miscellaneous Dissertations on Rural Subjects.

    Miscellaneous Dissertations on Rural Subjects. 1775

    £750

    First edition. Forbes was a disciple of Jethro Tull and a keen proponent of the “new husbandry”. The book contains four dissertations: on fences; manures; drill-sowing; and hydraulics and water-management. The plates include one of a drill plough. Read more

  20. “Farmer George”

    “Farmer George” [c.1960s]

    £250

    A lively caricature of King George III planting a tree, dubbed “Farmer George” for his passionate interest in agriculture. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, …Read more

  21. Wall and Water Gardens.

    Wall and Water Gardens. [1901]

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  22. Sylva,

    Sylva, 1664

    £3,750

    First edition of Evelyn’s most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to …Read more

  23. English Homes.

    English Homes. 1920–37

    £5,500

    First editions of this richly illustrated overview of the development of the architecture and garden planning of English homes, written by the architectural editor of Country Life, H. Avray Tipping (1855–1933). Read more

  24. A Garden Book for Malaya.

    A Garden Book for Malaya. 1928

    £350

    First edition, first impression. Publisher’s file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Not to be confused with the anthropologist of the same name, Kathleen Gough was a British expatriate and fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society who lived a few miles away from Kuala …Read more

  25. Cats’ A.B.C.

    Cats’ A.B.C. 1960

    £75

    First US edition, first printing. “A picture and text book devoted to all things feline.” Read more

  26. Annuals & Biennials.

    Annuals & Biennials. 1916

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  27. Lilies for English Gardens.

    Lilies for English Gardens. 1901

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  28. Roses for English Gardens.

    Roses for English Gardens. 1902

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression of Jekyll’s book on roses, which describes both the variety of roses available and how to use them in the garden. Jekyll (1843–1932) was a famous garden designer who created more than 350 gardens across the UK, Europe and North America. …Read more

  29. Wood and Garden.

    Wood and Garden. 1899

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  30. Children and Gardens.

    Children and Gardens. 1908

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  31. Old West Surrey

    Old West Surrey 1904

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  32. A Village in a Valley.

    A Village in a Valley. 1934

    £125

    First deluxe edition. The third book of the Chronicles of Allways in which Nichols (1898–1983) writes a fictionalised account of his “experience as an amateur gardener at his weekend cottage at Glatton, near Peterborough.” Preceded by Down the Garden Path (1932) and A Thatched Roof …Read more

  33. Flower Show.

    Flower Show. 1986

    £225

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Dennis Stock on the half-title: “For Art the ‘Chucker’, in appreciation of a delightful week. Dennis Stock, Aug. 18, 1989”. Read more

  34. Flora Italiana.

    Flora Italiana. 1818–22–24

    £20,000

    First edition. This richly illustrated work by the director of Pisa’s Botanical Garden was conceived along the lines of the most important English contributions to botanical literature, in particular, The Botanist’s Repository by Henry Andrews and The Botanical Magazine by William Curtis. The book presents …Read more

  35. The Art and Practice of Landscape Gardening.

    The Art and Practice of Landscape Gardening. 1890

    £600

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  36. O More Than Happy Countryman.

    O More Than Happy Countryman. 1943

    £125

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  37. An Olde Thrift newly revived.

    An Olde Thrift newly revived. 1612

    £3,500

    First and only edition, by Rooke Churche, King’s Surveyor, though often erroneously attributed to R. Chambers or Robert Churton. A classic early work of early 17th-century husbandry, with similar aims and views to, but long predating, Evelyn’s Sylva (1664). In his preface Churche praises Henry …Read more

  38. Thornton’s Temple of Flora

    Thornton’s Temple of Flora 1951

    £375

    Fine critical edition of Thornton’s famous flower book (1799, 1804). Read more

  1. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.
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    TYAS, Robert. TYAS, Robert.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    £950

  2. Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection
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    HOUGHTON, John (ed.) HOUGHTON, John (ed.)

    Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection

    £1,250

  3. Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.
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    REPTON, Humphry. REPTON, Humphry.

    Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.

    £22,500

  4. The New American Gardener;
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    FESSENDEN, Thomas G. FESSENDEN, Thomas G.

    The New American Gardener;

    £750

  5. The Woodland Companion:
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    [AIKIN, John.] [AIKIN, John.]

    The Woodland Companion:

    £375

  6. The Natural History of Selborne.
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    WHITE, Gilbert. WHITE, Gilbert.

    The Natural History of Selborne.

    £1,875

  7. Forest Life and Sport in India.
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    WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-. WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-.

    Forest Life and Sport in India.

    £175

  8. The Fruit Grower’s Guide.
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    WRIGHT, John. WRIGHT, John.

    The Fruit Grower’s Guide.

    £675

  9. The Garden at Eichstätt: The Book of Plants by Basilius Besler.
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    BESLER, Basilius. BESLER, Basilius.

    The Garden at Eichstätt: The Book of Plants by Basilius Besler.

    £125

  10. English Homes.
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    TIPPING, H. Avray. TIPPING, H. Avray.

    English Homes.

    £6,000

  11. The Passing Show.
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    JOHNS, W. E. JOHNS, W. E.

    The Passing Show.

    £575

  12. The Mary Frances Garden Book
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    FRYER, Jane Eayre. FRYER, Jane Eayre.

    The Mary Frances Garden Book

    £350

  13. A Particular Account of the Emperor of China’s Gardens near Pekin:
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    ATTIRET, Jean-Denis. ATTIRET, Jean-Denis.

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

    £1,250

  14. Landscape Gardening in Japan [together with:] Supplement to Landscape Gardening in Japan: Second and Revised Edition.
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    CONDER, Josiah, & Kazuma Ogawa. CONDER, Josiah, &...

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

    £1,875

  15. Home and Garden.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Home and Garden.

    £1,250

  16. Temple of Flora,
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    THORNTON, Robert. THORNTON, Robert.

    Temple of Flora,

    £750

  17. Miscellaneous Dissertations on Rural Subjects.
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    [FORBES, Francis.] [FORBES, Francis.]

    Miscellaneous Dissertations on Rural Subjects.

    £750

  18. “Farmer George”
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    BENTLEY, Nicolas. BENTLEY, Nicolas.

    “Farmer George”

    £250

  19. Wall and Water Gardens.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Wall and Water Gardens.

    £1,250

  20. English Homes.
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    TIPPING, H. Avray. TIPPING, H. Avray.

    English Homes.

    £5,500

  21. A Garden Book for Malaya.
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    GOUGH, Kathleen. GOUGH, Kathleen.

    A Garden Book for Malaya.

    £350

  22. Annuals & Biennials.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Annuals & Biennials.

    £1,250

  23. Lilies for English Gardens.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Lilies for English Gardens.

    £1,250

  24. Wood and Garden.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Wood and Garden.

    £1,250

  25. Children and Gardens.
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Children and Gardens.

    £1,250

  26. Old West Surrey
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    JEKYLL, Gertrude. JEKYLL, Gertrude.

    Old West Surrey

    £1,250

  27. A Village in a Valley.
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    NICHOLS, Beverley. NICHOLS, Beverley.

    A Village in a Valley.

    £125

  28. Flower Show.
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    STOCK, Dennis. STOCK, Dennis.

    Flower Show.

    £225

  29. Flora Italiana.
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    SAVI, Gaetano. SAVI, Gaetano.

    Flora Italiana.

    £20,000

  30. The Art and Practice of Landscape Gardening.
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    MILNER, Henry Ernest. MILNER, Henry Ernest.

    The Art and Practice of Landscape Gardening.

    £600

  31. O More Than Happy Countryman.
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    BATES, H. E. BATES, H. E.

    O More Than Happy Countryman.

    £125

  32. An Olde Thrift newly revived.
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    C[HURCHE], R[ooke]. C[HURCHE], R[ooke].

    An Olde Thrift newly revived.

    £3,500

  33. Thornton’s Temple of Flora
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    THORNTON, Robert. THORNTON, Robert.

    Thornton’s Temple of Flora

    £375

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