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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
REPTON, Humphry. Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.
London : 1816First 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
NORTH CALIFORNIA: WINE. ESTATE SALE. Administrator's Sale. Personal Property! Belonging to the Estate of B. Smith deceased, on the premises near Uniontown, Saturday, December 16, '65.
[N. P., ?Placerville, CA] : 1865A rare example of California advertising: a highly attractive broadside, announcing the estate sale of one B. Smith, probably Benjamin Smith, the owner of a store in the mining town of Marshall, later named Uniontown and today called Lotus, in Eldorado County, California.
The sale was organised by the administrator of the estate, F. A. Hornblower,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 114817
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
NINJA FACE-GUARD. Shinobi no o musubi no zu [in Japanese] - illustrations of how to tie the cords of a ninja face-guard.
1821Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 113716
LOUIS, Joe. My Life Story.
New York : 1947First edition, this one of the copies with a leaf signed by Louis tipped in after the half-title. Life of the "Brown Bomber", perhaps the boxer with the best claim to have been the greatest of all time, and certainly rated by the International Boxing Research Organization as the greatest heavyweight. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 113550
SHIPPING - B., F. Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F.B.
Vegesack : 1863Rare first edition of a detailed "guide for skippers", published in Vegesack, the northern district of Bremen, on the Weser river and at the mouth of the river Lesum. Compiled by "F. B.", who remains otherwise unidentified, the work was assembled from information gathered over many years, both by personal experience, as well as from information given... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 113475
ALLANSON-WYNN, Rowland George. Boxing.
London : 1889First edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title: "With the Author's Compts. to the Committee of the Oxford & Camb. Club, Jan. 10th 1890", and with their bookplate to the front pastedown, and occasional embossed stamps to the text. Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, fifth Baron Headley (1855-1935), was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 113513
KITCHINER, William. The Cook's Oracle;
London : 1829Later London edition, uncommon in the original boards, of the most famous of Kitchiner's cookery books, "an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and mined by the writers of other household guides" (ODNB). First published in London in 1817, The Cook's Oracle "was written in a down-to-earth style, and demonstrated Kitchiner's familiarity... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 113405
COACHING - TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second edition, scarce with the jacket, of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England. "To Thomson fell the providing of the subject and action pictures, while Railton vignetted old buildings, etc., along the great coaching roads of which the author gossiped... There is no doubt that Coaching Days remains to this day one of the most popular... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 112134
HALFORD, Frederick. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,
Limited deluxe edition, number 44 of 75 copies signed by the author, Volume 2 comprising The Halford Dry Fly Patterns, with 33 actual specimens of dry flies in 9 sunken mounts. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 111941
[DALLAS, Eneas Sweetland.] Kettner's Book of the Table.
London : 1877First edition, a particularly bright example of the original cloth. Dallas made his name in anonymous journalism, achieving particular recognition as an obituarist. He was also knowledgeable about cooking, and like his Victorian contemporaries was indebted to French cuisine: his "encyclopaedic Kettner's book of the table incorporated recipes supplied... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 110872
[LEE, N. K. M.] The Cook's Own Book:
Boston : 1832First edition, first issue, of "the first alphabetically arranged culinary encyclopaedia to appear in the United States" (Oxford Companion to Food, p. 17), and one of the most popular American cookbooks of the 19th century (Michigan State University introduction, online). The author's sources are mainly British. The first issue lacks the later 37-page... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 110873
CARTER, Robert. A Summer Cruise on the Coast of New England.
Boston : 1864First edition. A very difficult book to find in anything approaching collectable condition, Bruns describing it as rare. Toy is somewhat perfunctory; "A cruise in 1858 in a chartered 17-ton sloop. The boat, with a crew of two, cost 7.50 a day." But this is a well-written and highly appealing account, DAB refers to it as a "breezy book," and one of the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 110618
CAIRD, John. The Complete Confectioner and Family Cook.
Edinburgh : 1809First edition. Includes many recipes for still popular Scottish sweets, oat cakes, bannocks, shortbread, barley sugar, apple dumplings, apple fritters. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 110294
FISHER, M. F. K. Serve It Forth.
New York : 1937First edition, first printing. The first book by pre-eminent American food writer M. F. K. Fisher. Rather than a book of recipes it is a literary appreciation of food history and culture. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 109919
COCKTAILS - NORTH, Sterling, & Carl Kroch (eds.) So Red the Nose or Breath in the Afternoon.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing. Cocktail recipes by 30 authors, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Erskine Caldwell, Theodore Dresier, Ernest Hemingway, and Rockwell Kent. Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 109579
WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
London : 1959First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 108471
[HESSUS, Helius Eobanus.] De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
[Frankfurt : 1557The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (1488-1540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted in 1516 and 1550 and afterwards... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 108213
MORIKAWA, Kozan. Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].
Tokyo : 1928First facsimile edition of a work first published in 1652, and untraceable thus, no copy on WorldCat. The text lays out the philosophical precepts underlying Mokikawa Kozan's (1631-1701) style of Kyudo, created essentially as a fusion between the two most prominent schools of the time, Heki-ryu and Ogasawara-ryu. Morikawa was the first to define the... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 107836
[GIRL SCOUTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.] Girl Scout Handbook.
New York : 1940First edition thus, first printing. There were previous iterations of the Girl Scout Handbook in 1929, 1933, and 1936, all scarce and none explicitly designated for the intermediate program. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 107499
DEAN, Henry. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.
London : 1772A remarkably fresh copy of an early edition of by far the "best-known 18th-century book on conjuring", first published in 1722 (Pierson, p. 31). The work provides a detailed guide on how to conduct various tricks including "how to make a cat draw a fellow through a pond of water" and "how to cause the beer you drink to be wrung out of the handle of... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 107439
LAMBETH, Joseph A. Lambeth Method of Cake Decoration and Practical Pastries.
London : 1936First UK edition, first impression, originally published in a limited run in the US two years earlier. Lambeth was an award-winning American pastry chef who emigrated to England and founded his own successful pastry school. A scarce title in this condition. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 105741
WALTON, Izaak, & Charles Cotton. The Complete Angler
London : 1836First of this edition, edited by the antiquary Sir Harris Nicolas (1799-1848); a lovely set of one of the most desirable editions of Walton and Cotton's piscatorial masterpiece.
"One of the best, possibly the very best, of these editions of The Compleat Angler was the superb edition edited by Sir Harris Nicolas for Pickering with engravings... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 105534
FILBY, Peter. TVR: Success Against The Odds.
London : 1976First edition, first impression, of this work on the independent British manufacturer of high-end sports cars. TVR was, at one time, the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 104365
STEADMAN, Ralph. Road Dog Ale.
Colorado : [c.1995]Steadman's revised promotional material for the Road Dog Ale, following a charge of profanity. He began creating original art for Flying Dog's labels in 1995, and initially designed the labels with the slogan "Good Beer, No Shit." However, this was deemed obscene by the Colorado Liquor Board, who removed all Road Dog beer from the market. The slogan... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 104243
[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
HEPBURN, A. Barton. The Story of an Outing.
New York and London : 1913First edition. "Hunting in open country near Mt. Kenia, the author bagged a large variety of plains game including lesser kudu, gazelle, impala, wildebeest, and eland, as well as lion and buffalo. Perhaps the most exciting passage in this little volume is taken from a letter written by Hepburn's companion, H. Lloyd Folsom, detailing the dangers of a... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 102006
SRI LANKA. The School Children of America are invited to take a Trip with Mohawk across Distant Seas through Foreign Lands into the Rubber Country of the Strange East …
Akron, OH : 1930First edition of this extremely uncommon - no copy traced institutionally - promotional travelogue conducting the "School Children of America" from rural Ceylon to industrial Ohio, and all in headache-inducing 3-D. Printed using the red/cyan anaglyph 3-D process which enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s, this is a great example of a promotional/educational... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 102009
TRAVERS, Jerome D. and James R. Crowell. The Fifth Estate.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing. Travers won the U.S. Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912 and 1913; he won the US Open in 1915. A very uncommon title in the dust jacket. Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 100976
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
[EDWARDS, Mabel Elizabeth.] Mrs. Arthur Webb. The Doctor in the Kitchen.
London : First edition, first impression. A book of nutritious recipes, with advice for stretching a limited budget, together with chapters on hygiene and sterilisation, home remedies, how to keep a sick-room ventilated, and advice on keeping the patient's spirits up and making the room as pleasant as possible. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 100119
KUNG FU - Honourable Master Leong Fu. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia : 1958First editions, rare complete set, of Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) founder Leong Fu's illustrated martial arts training series. Leong Fu "Atado" Lee trained in China, but when it became a republic in 1948 he moved to Japan, then settled in Malaysia and opened his own school, teaching his own brand of amalgamated "Atado Karate" (Atado was his nickname). Rare... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 99775
HARRIS, William Cornwallis. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
Bombay : 1838First issue of the first Bombay edition, which predates the first London by a year, "scarce" (Czech). Harris was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out he joined up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant, deciding to undertake a big... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 98148
KENNY, W[illiam] S[topford]. Practical Chess Exercises;
London : 1818First edition. Kenny (1788-1867) was a prominent educationalist who, in addition to compiling revised editions of several existing textbooks, produced several original works. His Practical Chess Grammar was published in 1817 and went through several editions, including a German translation published in Leipzig in 1821. Scarce in commerce and just three... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 97328
WORTH, Thomas. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.
New York : c.1867"These sketches were drawn by Thomas Worth who was on board the yacht Evelyn at the time she made the cruise with the New York Yacht Club about 1867. Those on board were E.E., Holley owner, Mr. Amos Stellenwerf, Mr. Dan Slote, Mr. Chas. Van Zant, and the Artist. The accompanying sketches were actual incidents of the cruise. Three sketches are scenes... Learn More£11,500.00
Stock Code: 96970
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
WOOD, Harry Stotesbury. Glimpses of the Wild:
London : 1936First edition, first impression; publisher's file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Lieut.-Col. Wood served with the Ghurkas in Manipur; his Shikar Memories, published in 1934, recounts a 36-year career in big-game hunting. The present volume describes the region's birds, animals, reptiles and insects. Surprisingly scarce institutionally... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 96621
TAYLOR, Marshall W. The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World.
Worcester : 1928First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket, of the autobiography of the pioneering athlete Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, who became the world champion in 1899 in the one mile sprint. He was also the second African-American world champion in any sport, after boxer George Dixon. Though celebrated in Europe and Australia, his career was held... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 95968
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
BRITISH SPORTS AND SPORTSMEN; THRUSTON, E. H. (ed.) Commerce and Industry.
London : Limited edition; number 68 of 1,000 copies. A very handsome copy indeed: "Commerce and Industry are to-day, and in all probability for more than a generation to come will be, the principal phases of human activity. To arrive at a full understanding of the magnitude and power of these factors is the best protection for those who do not desire to become... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 86982
COCKTAILS. Eight Cocktail Napkins, Hand Blocked, with Recipes and the Histories of Eight Famous Drinks.
[c.1925]First and only edition of this scarce cocktail recipe book with eight richly hand-coloured napkins tipped in. Produced during Prohibition (with "non-alcoholic" wryly inserted after every alcoholic ingredient) and "Dedicated to serious drinkers everywhere", the book gives history and recipes for the following cocktails: Manhattan, Blue Blazer, Deadwood... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81233