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  1. 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

  2. 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: 149383

  3. 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

  4. 146115
    BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Art Forms In Nature: Second Series. Examples from the Plant World Photographed Direct from Nature.

    London : 1932

    First UK edition, first impression, of the second of Blossfeldt's seminal trilogy. It was originally published earlier the same year in Berlin under the title Wundergarten der Natur; neue Bilddokumente schöner Pflanzenformen. The artist was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 146115

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Science and Practice of Farm Cultivation.
    BUCKMAN, James. Science and Practice of Farm Cultivation.

    London : 1865

    First edition, presentation copy, title page inscribed "With the author's best respects", and with an autograph presentation letter signed from the author mounted to front free endpaper, to Henry Bull, 10 October 1869, requesting that he send him the transactions of the Woolhope Club, as he is interested in the paper on mistletoe fungi and fairy rings,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 149423

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Annuals & Biennials.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Annuals & Biennials.

    London : 1916

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

    Stock Code: 95233

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

    London : 1901

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

    Stock Code: 95231

  22. Old West Surrey
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Old West Surrey

    London : 1904

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

    Stock Code: 111273

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

    London : [1901]

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

    Stock Code: 106258

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

    London : [1901]

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

    Stock Code: 101101

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

    London : 1908

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

    Stock Code: 95223

  26. The North American Sylva;
    MICHAUX, Francois Andre, & Thomas Nuttall. The North American Sylva;

    Philadelphia : 1849 (Nuttall volumes), 1850 (Michaux vol. I and II), & 1851 (vol. III)

    First Smith edition of Michaux volumes (first published in French in 1810-13 and in English in 1817-19), early editions of Nuttall's continuation (first published from 1841 to 1849, here each volume dated 1849); together the most important work on the trees of North America prior to the 20th century.

    "Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 148552

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris.
    PARKINSON, John. Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris.

    London : 1629

    First edition of the first work published on English gardening, with quire A in the first setting with line 4 of the heading on A1r ending "amend". The book with its wittily punning title (Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris meaning "Park-in-sun's Earthly Paradise") is dedicated to Queen Henrietta Maria, for which Charles I gave Parkinson the title... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 134497

  30. 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

  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. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. Even More For Your Garden.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Even More For Your Garden.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression. Sackville-West collected her "highly successful gardening columns" (ODNB) in a series of four books, this one being the final volume; all but one essay found here (pp. 56-57) was originally published in the Observer. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146408

  36. Rhymes and Roundelayes in praise of a Country Life.
    SEASONAL ANTHOLOGY. Rhymes and Roundelayes in praise of a Country Life.

    London : 1857

    First edition of this anthology of English poetry on country life and arranged by themes, such as the seasons of the year or areas of the countryside, and in the handsome publisher's binding. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 139530

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. The Rural Cyclopedia
    WILSON, John M. (ed.) The Rural Cyclopedia

    Edinburgh : 1847-49

    First edition of this agricultural encyclopaedia, which seeks to communicate 'a thorough knowledge of farming, a general knowledge of gardening, and a very considerable knowledge of the natural sciences, and of general country affairs' (Prospectus, Volume I). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148943

  45. 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

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