HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The 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, and a... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Garden.
London : 1946First edition, signed limited issue, number 20 of 750 copies signed by the author. A long poetical sequence on the author's favourite subject, "which tries to sum up her own horticultural aesthetic and is in some respects superior to its predecessor The Land" (ODNB). Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139782
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First 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
THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
London : 1949First 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
(SEED CATALOGUE.) BRIDGEMAN, Alfred. Descriptive Catalogue of Kitchen Garden,
New York : 1868Annual 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
CHASE, C. Thurston. The Prairie Fruit Culturist:
Chicago : 1859A 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
BROWN, Waldo F. Gardener's Pocket Manual.
Springfield, OH : 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
ILGENFRITZ, Israel Epsley. I.E. Ilgenfritz' Sons Co., Monroe, Mich. 3565
Monroe, MI : c.1908First edition, thus, of an uncommon Edwardian specimen book, or salesman's sample catalogue for the I.E. Ilgenfritz' Sons Co. Nursery in Monroe, Michigan. The business was founded in 1847, and survived as a family run concern down to 1984 when it was sold on by James I.E. Ilgenfritz, the fourth generation proprietor. In the latter half of the nineteenth... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 113838
JEKYLL, Gertrude, & Edward Mawley. Roses for English Gardens.
London : 1902First edition, first impression, of Jekyll's expansive book on roses, in an attractive contemporary binding. Jekyll's work 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. She has had a great effect... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139827
MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden.
London : 1825-33An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th century; the entire series extended to 13 volumes, published up until 1851. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting and useful publication affordable to everyone. Each monthly issue contained a plate with four... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138567
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
Madrid : 1751First 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
BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
London : 1649One 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
BATES, H. E. Flowers and Faces.
London : 1935First edition, signed limited issue, number 83 of 325 copies signed by the author. Of the edition numbers 1-6 were printed on vellum and 7-325 on Batchelor handmade paper; numbers 301-325 were not for sale. Commissioned by the Golden Cockerel Press, "this long essay, in eight sections, expresses Bates's passion for flowers and gardening, his fond memories... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139360
AUSTEN, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,
Oxford : 1665Third 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
MARKHAM, Gervase. Markhams Farwell to Husbandry.
London : 1625Second 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
REPTON, Humphry. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.
London : 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
IGGULDEN, William. The Tomato, with Cultural Directions For Maintaining a Continuous Supply of Fruit.
London : 1881Scarce 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
SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
London & St Albans : 1888-94 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
HOFFMANNSEGG, Johann Centurius von, & Heinrich Friedrich Link. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
Berlin : 1809[-40]First edition, the grandest Portuguese flower book ever published, and among the finest flower books of the 19th century. The delicate illustrations - based on the travels of Johann Hoffmannsegg (1766-1849) through Portugal between 1797 and 1801 - are executed in the manner of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, yet as a record of newly discovered and previously... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 137002
PHELPS, William. Calendarum Botanicum.
London : 1810First and only edition of Phelps's first book, with the printer's error on p. 166 (numbered 466) as first issued. Writing from Wells, Phelps dedicated the calendar to Mrs Beadon, the wife of Richard Beadon (1737-1824), Bishop of Bath and Wells. She was "a sedulous and extensive cultivator both of English and exotic plants" (dedication). The plates were... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 117284
THAXTER, Celia. An Island Garden.
Boston and New York : 1895Second 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
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926Signed limited edition, number 65 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist, printed on japon, and with engraved chapter headings not featured in the trade issue. This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the annual round of the Kentish... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130507
BRADLEY, Richard. A Survey of the Ancient Husbandry and Gardening,
London : 1725First edition of this survey of the gardening and farming of the ancients, derived from the classical writers. Richard Bradley (1688-1732), professor of botany at Cambridge, was one of the more eccentric characters in agricultural writing; "an indefatigable worker, venturing hazardous predictions, writing some fifteen or twenty volumes upon subjects... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129001
(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 OCLC listing only a single copy,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 128878
WILSON, Ernest H. China, Mother of Gardens.
Boston : 1929First 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
RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
London : 1670First 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
HALLER, Albrech Von Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.
Göttingen : 1753Second 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
SPEECHLY, William A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.
York : 1790First 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
HOOKER, Sir William Jackson, & John Charles Lyons. A Century of Orchidaceous Plants selected from Curtis's Botanical Magazine.
London : 1849First edition, from the Knowsley library of the Earl of Derby, with his armorial bookplate, and the shelf mark of the Back Library at Knowsley noted on the front free endpaper verso; also annotated at the head of the half-title "from Boone April 15th 1849" (just shaved by the binder) - almost certainly a reference to the London booksellers/publishers... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 118950
HITT, Thomas. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees.
London : 1755First edition of this early work on fruit growing and arboriculture from a notable eighteenth-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... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117679
PRINCE, William. A Short Treatise on Horticulture.
New York : 1828First 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... Learn More£1,125.00
Stock Code: 116896
STRONG, W. C. A Descriptive Catalogue of Fruits and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Vines, and Plants.
Boston : 1867First 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... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 116898
HENDERSON, Charles. Everything for the Garden.
New York : 1913First edition, first printing. This scarce and profusely illustrated Edwardian seed catalogue presents the produce of Peter Henderson and Company's seed business, established in 1871 by Peter Henderson, who would be credited as "the great horticultural missionary", recognised for "popularising, improving, and developing gardening" in the United States... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 116822
MORSE, Lester. Morse's Garden Guide for 1911.
San Francisco : 1911First edition, first printing. A rare and profusely illustrated Edwardian 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... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 116832
DURRELL, Lawrence. The Plant-Magic Man.
Santa Barbara : 1973First 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... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 116530
MILLER, Philip. The Gardeners Dictionary:
London : 1735First 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
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 : 1830sAn 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
GOTHEIN, Marie Louise. A History of Garden Art.
London : 1928First 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
(ROYAL BATH AND WEST OF ENGLAND SOCIETY.) Letters and Papers on Agriculture, Planting, &c.
Bath : 1780First 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
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
London : 1759First 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
CHOMEL, Noel. Huishoudelyk Woordboek,
Leiden & Amsterdam : 1743First Dutch edition, first published in France in 1709 as the Dictionnaire Oeconomique. Chomel's celebrated work was arguably the most popular household almanac of the 18th century. Ambitious in scope, the encyclopedia covers a broad variety of topics ranging from domestic chores to botany, distilling techiques, fishing, geometry, and landscaping. Written... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 113541
JOHNS, W. E. The Passing Show.
London : 1937First 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£575.00
Stock Code: 109523
[FORBES, Francis.] Miscellaneous Dissertations on Rural Subjects.
London : 1775First 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
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 at... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100796
GOUGH, Kathleen. A Garden Book for Malaya.
London : 1928First 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
STOCK, Dennis. Flower Show.
Udine : 1986First 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
SAVI, Gaetano. Flora Italiana.
Pisa : 1818-22-24First 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 a "collection" of plants selected "from the... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 81896