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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to gardening and domestic horticulture from around the world.

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  1. Please Plant This Book.
    BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.

    San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968

    First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.

    Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 148029

  2. 147433
    REDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph. Les Roses.

    Paris : 1835

    Third edition, the most complete, of the most famous of all rose books, published under the direction of L. J. Pirolle, the collector of roses who had supplied Redoute with many of the specimens.

    This edition was expanded with 23 new plates, the portraits of Redoute and Thory, and a biographical note on Thory which had not appeared in the first... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 147433

  3. The Planters Manual:
    COTTON, Charles (trans.) The Planters Manual:

    London : 1675

    First edition of Charles Cotton's translation of Robert Triquel's Instructions pour les Arbres Fruictiers, first published in Paris in 1653. The manual guides the gardener to growing orchard and garden fruit, Cotton's preface beseeching the English gentleman to furnish his gardens with such fruit trees, as is the French fashion.

    The poet and... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145809

  4. The Pictorial Flora;
    JACKSON, Mary Ann. The Pictorial Flora;

    London : 1840

    First edition of this remarkable collection of botanical drawings, gathered over five annual journeys across England and Wales, and comprising a catalogue of over 1,500 plant species. Jackson intended the present work "to serve as a handy and affordable alternative to more expensive and elaborate botanical plate books then available" (Carter). This... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140873

  5. 147449
    GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

    London : 1636

    Second edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597, the first enlarged edition in 1633.

    Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 147449

  6. The Lover's Language of Flowers;
    FLOWERS. The Lover's Language of Flowers;

    Wakefield : [1873]

    An attractive collection of poetry and a dictionary of the emotions flowers express, by the anonymous "Authoress". From this work we learn that one should offer their love vervain to communicate their "irresistible influence", while offering hemlock means "You will cause my death".

    The rise of floriography in England has been attributed to the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 146013

  7. American Estates and Gardens.
    FERREE, Barr. American Estates and Gardens.

    New York : 1904

    First edition. A comprehensive study in photographs of the great estates toward the end of the Gilded Age. Barr Ferree was the leading architectural historian of his era. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 127662

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

    London : 1901

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95231

  9. Annuals & Biennials.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Annuals & Biennials.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95233

  10. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.
    REPTON, Humphry. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.

    London : [1795]

    First edition of Repton's first book and the work in which he laid out "his claim to the position of a national authority" on landscape gardening (Rogger, p. 12). Handsomely printed by the finest London printer of the age, William Bulmer, the delightful aquatints employ clever overslips to show the transformation of the landscape under Repton's guiding... Learn More
    £19,500.00

    Stock Code: 138558

  11. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138840

  12. Sylva,
    EVELYN, John. Sylva,

    London : 1664

    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 fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh planting. This led to a serious... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 87758

  13. Horticultural Colour Chart.
    WILSON, Robert Francis. Horticultural Colour Chart.

    London : 1938-42

    Well preserved set of the first edition of this cleverly conceived project to standardise colour definitions so that "there will be but one colour name recognised for each hue in the textile and all colour-using industries as well as by artist's colourmen". A frequently called upon working tool, it is unusual for sets to survive in such excellent state.

    The... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 141298

  14. Innocent Pursuits.
    JARVIS, C. S. Innocent Pursuits.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, of the author's wide-ranging reminiscences, featuring essays on pets, sport and history in Egypt, ornithology, trout fishing, dogs, reptiles, and trees. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140696

  15. The Origin of Garden Art.
    SØRENSEN, Carl Theodor. The Origin of Garden Art.

    Copenhagen : 1963

    First edition thus, first printing, number 487 of 750 copies only, this English-Danish bilingual edition was published in honour of the author's 70th birthday. Carl Theodor Sørensen (1893-1979) was a Danish landscape architect, considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century, and a leading figure in the first generation of Modernists in landscape... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 141210

  16. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
    AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:

    Oxford : 1658

    First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 129008

  17. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
    THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.

    London : 1949

    First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140452

  18. Descriptive Catalogue of Kitchen Garden,
    SEED CATALOGUE - BRIDGEMAN, Alfred. Descriptive Catalogue of Kitchen Garden,

    New York : 1868

    Annual vegetable seed catalogue Alfred Bridgeman, "grower, importer and dealer in all standard vegetable, grass, herb, and flower seeds". Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 115415

  19. The Prairie Fruit Culturist:
    CHASE, C. Thurston. The Prairie Fruit Culturist:

    Chicago : 1859

    A rare, thoroughly regional Midwestern guide to tree and bush fruits, including chapters on grapes, acknowledging a debt to Nicholas Longworth, and three pages on wine production, noting "In a country where wine is plenty and cheap, drunkenness is seldom known. A vinland is marked by sobriety and cheerfulness". Chase (1819-1870) went on to become Florida's... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 115408

  20. Descriptive Catalogue of Choice Green House and Hot House Plants.
    SEED CATALOGUE - DOWN, Chester B. Descriptive Catalogue of Choice Green House and Hot House Plants.

    Strafford, VT : 1881

    Chester B. Down's 1881 catalogue of household plants' seeds and bulbs. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 115412

  21. Gardener's Pocket Manual.
    BROWN, Waldo F. Gardener's Pocket Manual.

    Springfield, OH : [1878]

    First and only edition of this manual of this manual of vegetable culture by the author of the popular The Farm and Stock Encyclopaedia, in which he championed crop rotation and soil regeneration. Learn More
    £725.00

    Stock Code: 115414

  22. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
    DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,

    Madrid : 1751

    First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been published in France in 1750 as Traité de la Culture des Terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 129087

  23. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
    BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.

    London : 1649

    One of two 1649 editions, of unestablished priority. Walter Blith (1605-1654) has been called by Robert Trow-Smith "the greatest of the mid-seventeenth century writers" in the field of agriculture (English Husbandry, 1951). In this work, Blith advocates draining and making water meadows, inclosure, the use of manures, and plantations. "In spite of the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 129024

  24. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,
    AUSTEN, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,

    Oxford : 1665

    Third edition, first published in 1653. The third edition includes the text of Austen's observations on Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, which he had published in 1658. The life of the horticulturist Ralph Austen (1612-1676) was an odd mix of Anabaptist radicalism and gardening. "Austen contributed to three areas which, in the millenarian atmosphere... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129007

  25. Markhams Farwell to Husbandry.
    MARKHAM, Gervase. Markhams Farwell to Husbandry.

    London : 1625

    Second edition, expanded and corrected, first published in 1620. Gervase Markham (1568-1637) wrote extensively in the fields of literature, horsemanship, and country pursuits, and his works underwent almost two hundred editions by the end of the seventeenth century. The present work offers a guide to preparing land for farming, covering the weeding,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129219

  26. The Tomato, with Cultural Directions For Maintaining a Continuous Supply of Fruit.
    IGGULDEN, William. The Tomato, with Cultural Directions For Maintaining a Continuous Supply of Fruit.

    London : 1881

    Scarce first edition of this pamphlet authored by the English tomato breeder William Iggulden, with an introduction and twelve chapters on a range of topics including early and late crops, successional crops, frame versus open air cultures, hints for amateurs, and tomatoes for exhibition. The eleventh chapter comprises a description of twenty-five varieties,... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 136884

  27. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
    SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.

    London & St Albans : 1888-94 [1895]

    Imperial edition, copy 51 of 100 copies signed by Sander. Published during the heyday of the late Victorian orchid mania, Sander was the foremost authority on the Orchidaceae, as well as the largest grower, maintaining nurseries in England, Belgium, and the United States. He had agents gathering plants worldwide, often dangerous work, and he reports... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 122509

  28. An Island Garden.
    THAXTER, Celia. An Island Garden.

    Boston and New York : 1895

    Second edition, with an autograph letter signed from the author and dated 6 August 1880 reading: "Gentlemen: Will you kindly send me a copy of sayings of Epictetus, the small, vest-pocket edition, with bill for same & oblige, yours truly, C. Thaxter, Appledore, Isles of Shrals sic Off Portsmouth, N. H." tipped-in to the front free endpaper, and a manuscript... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135708

  29. Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.
    FLOWERS. Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.

    Paris : [c.1820]

    First edition of this attractive flower book, with 12 illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. Incongruously, the latter section of the book is an account of the people and government of Turkey. No doubt produced as a ready-bound cheap gift book, the work is now a great rarity, with WorldCat listing only a single... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 128878

  30. China, Mother of Gardens.
    WILSON, Ernest H. China, Mother of Gardens.

    Boston : 1929

    First edition, first printing, of this lavish account of China's botany and horticulture, and its impact on gardens in the West. "Born on the English Cotswolds in 1876, E. H. Wilson deserted college in 1899 to go plant hunting in China. From then until 1919 he made six trips to the Orient, covering in all more than twelve years, and won through his... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 128434

  31. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
    RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,

    London : 1670

    First edition. "It is now a fairly uncommon book, though this may be partly explained by one of its main purposes, that is, to be used by botanists in the field, so that many copies would probably have been used up and destroyed" (Keynes). John Ray (1627-1705), "the son of a blacksmith, became one of England's greatest naturalists. He was pre-eminently... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 125417

  32. The American Farmer's Instructor,
    WIGGINS, Francis S. The American Farmer's Instructor,

    Philadelphia : 1840

    First edition of this guide to farming by Francis S. Wiggins (d.1840), the editor of the Farmer's Cabinet, an American agricultural periodical.

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    £425.00

    Stock Code: 124630

  33. Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.
    HALLER, Albrech Von Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.

    Göttingen : 1753

    Second edition, greatly enlarged, of Von Haller's 1743 work Brevis Enumeratio Stirpium Horti Goettingensis. Haller organised the botanical garden at Göttingen University during his professorial tenure; this work is a classification of the plants in the garden, utilising Haller's own non-Linnaean taxonomical system. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121700

  34. A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.
    SPEECHLY, William A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.

    York : 1790

    First edition. William Speechly (c.1740-1821) was gardener to the third Duke of Portland at his Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire. Encouraged by the duke Speechly started writing down and publishing his knowledge and experience in gardening; in 1776 he had contributed to Alexander Hunter's edition of Evelyn's Silva, which was shortly followed... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 120229

  35. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees.
    HITT, Thomas. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees.

    London : 1755

    First edition of this early work on fruit growing and arboriculture from a notable 18th-century professional gardener for private estates. Hitt (d. 1770) completed his apprenticeship in the gardens of Belvoir Castle during the time of John Manners, second Duke of Rutland. Soon after he became the gardener of Bloxholm Hall in Lincolnshire, home to Lord... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117679

  36. A Short Treatise on Horticulture.
    PRINCE, William. A Short Treatise on Horticulture.

    New York : 1828

    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... Learn More
    £1,125.00

    Stock Code: 116896

  37. Morse's Garden Guide for 1911.
    MORSE, Lester. Morse's Garden Guide for 1911.

    San Francisco : 1911

    First edition, first printing. A rare and profusely illustrated seed catalogue, this edition presents the stock of C. C. Morse & Company which was founded by Charles Copeland Morse, the "American Seed King". The company were particularly renowned for their "Sweet Pea Workshop", which developed new varieties for sale each season. Their three newest creations,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 116832

  38. The Gardeners Dictionary:
    MILLER, Philip. The Gardeners Dictionary:

    London : 1735

    First octavo edition, an abridgment of the first comprehensive dictionary of gardening. Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the most distinguished and influential British gardener of the 18th 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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 116084

  39. Price Catalogue of Kitchen Garden, Herb, Flower, Tree and Grass Seeds, Bulbous Flower Roots, Greenhouse Plants, Agricultural, Gardening and Botanical Books, Garden Tools, Etc. For Sale by G. Thorburn & Sons, Seedsman and Florists, 67 Liberty Street, New-Y
    THORBURN, Grant & Son[s]. Price Catalogue of Kitchen Garden, Herb, Flower, Tree and Grass Seeds, Bulbous Flower Roots, Greenhouse Plants, Agricultural, Gardening and Botanical Books, Garden Tools, Etc. For Sale by G. Thorburn & Sons, Seedsman and Florists, 67 Liberty Street, New-Y

    New York : 1830s

    An impressive, large and unrecorded broadside from one of the most important horticultural firms of the day, listing over a thousand varieties of vegetable, herb and ornamental plants, as well as books and tools. The printer was at this address in 1832. Of note, is the cancelling by hand of the "S" of the word "Sons", no doubt a result of William Thorburn... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 115416

  40. A History of Garden Art.
    GOTHEIN, Marie Louise. A History of Garden Art.

    London : 1928

    First edition in English, originally published in German in 1913. With a superb provenance: from the library of the artist Walter Beck (1864-1954), with his delightful "Singing Trees" bookplates (designed by him and wood-engraved by T. Cole) and captioned "Innisfree" after his celebrated gardens at Millbrook, New York; both volumes - but particularly... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 114828

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

    London : 1816

    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 Austen's Mansfield Park (1814) as the generic name of all... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 114884

  42. Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, &c.
    ROYAL BATH AND WEST OF ENGLAND SOCIETY. Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, &c.

    Bath : 1780

    First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial bookplate to the front pastedown.... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 114554

  43. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
    DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:

    London : 1759

    First edition in English. 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. 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. The... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 114569

  44. Old West Surrey
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Old West Surrey

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 111273

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

    London : [1901]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 106258

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

    London : 1775

    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. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 104265

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

    London : [1901]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 101101

  48. "Farmer George".
    BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Farmer George".

    [c.1960s]

    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, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100796

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

    London : 1928

    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 Lumpur in the town of Kajang. Highly uncommon in this condition with the... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 96724

  50. Children and Gardens.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Children and Gardens.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95223

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

    London : 1901

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95230

  52. Flower Show.
    STOCK, Dennis. Flower Show.

    Udine : 1986

    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". Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 90088

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