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FLORA AND SYLVA A Monthly Review for Lovers of Garden, Woodland, Tree, or Flower; New and Rare Plants, Trees, Shrubs, and Fruits; the Garden Beautiful, Home Woods and Home Landscape.
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FLORA AND SYLVA A Monthly Review for Lovers of Garden, Woodland, Tree, or Flower; New and Rare Plants, Trees, Shrubs, and Fruits; the Garden Beautiful, Home Woods and Home Landscape.

By Robinson, William

London: W. Robinson, 1903. 'Edited by, and Printed and Published for W. Robinson.'1903-5. Three volumes complete as published; pp. 324; 392; 360; with 66 fine colour chromolithographic plates on heavy paper, numerous other fine b/w llustrations, beautifully printed on heavy laid paper. Half leather binding with cloth covered boards, with gilt lettering to the spines. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. Bindings very good and strong, a few marks to the binding s that can been seen on the images. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, a little browning to the end papers, plates bright and fresh, a few with foxing and others with just a few spots, the majority are unmarked, text pages clean, slight dust marking to the uncut page edges. A very good copy of this lavish work.. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Sm Folio (24 x 32cm). Book.

$478.92

A GARDEN OF ROSES: Watercolours by Alfred Parsons, RA
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A GARDEN OF ROSES: Watercolours by Alfred Parsons, RA

By Thomas, Graham Stuart

London: Pavilion Books, 1987. 160 pages; fine colour illustrations by Alfred Parsons throughout. Green cloth with illustrated boards very good (no dust jacket as published). Contents clean and tight, umarked, no inscriptions. A very good copy.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to.

$13.12

PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS  Volumes 1 - 4 [I - IV] .
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PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS Volumes 1 - 4 [I - IV] .

By Paxton, Joseph

London: Orr and Smith, 1834. 1834-1838; vols. 1- 4 (of eventually 16). Complete with 171 hand-coloured engraved plates of which 23 are larger folding plates, after Frederick William Smith and Samuel Holden (some heightened with gum arabic), tissue guards, one plate of garden design. Bound in contemporary full black gilt-decorated, straight grained morocco; bindings good and strong with all boards firmly attached but with some chipping and loss and rubbing to the leather spines. Contents clean and tight, original marbled end papers, plates generally bright, a few with light spotting or slightly marked, a few folding plates a little worn/creased at leading edge. A very good run of the first four volumes. Very reasonably priced with the plates working out at less that £6.50 each. [Nissen BBI 2351; Great Flower Books, p.85; Stafleu TL2 7544] The Magazine of Botany was illustrated with fine botanical plates, of which Paxton notes in his introduction to volume 10 "the Embellishments of this work has been brought as near perfection as it is possible to attain. It is, indeed, suggested by some of our friends, that they are too beautiful; and that the plants they represent are not ordinarily so handsome as they are here depicted. Such a view, however, is a mistaken one: it arises from a rule which we adopt in the choice of subjects for our drawings, and which is, to have them prepared, whenever practicable, from specimens that are very favourably grown... on account of the stimulus it gives to those who see our plates, to grow their specimens to the like excellence". From 1826 to 1858 Paxton was chief gardener at the Duke of Devon's Chatsworth Estate, establishing it as "the most famous garden in England... [and in the Magazine] he described many of his plants and innovations at Chatsworth" (ODNB). Provenance: . First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good. Small 4to (17 x 23.5cm).

$1443.31

THIRTY-SIX DRAWINGS BY RAPHAEL GHISLAIN Drawn from Nature at the Kalmhout Arboretum (Belgium) Exhibited and Offered for Sale from May 17th 1971 By Bernard Quaritch Ltd
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THIRTY-SIX DRAWINGS BY RAPHAEL GHISLAIN Drawn from Nature at the Kalmhout Arboretum (Belgium) Exhibited and Offered for Sale from May 17th 1971 By Bernard Quaritch Ltd

By Bernard Quaritch

London: Bernard Quaritch, 1971. 12-page illustrated catalogue with printed card covers. Includes descriptions of each drawing and the plant species depicted, as well as a biography of the artist. Very good with a little light wear, no inscriptions. A very good copy.. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. 8vo.

$19.68

ICONES OF THE ESSENTIAL FOREST TREES OF HOKKAIDO
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ICONES OF THE ESSENTIAL FOREST TREES OF HOKKAIDO

By Botanic Garden Hokkaido University

Hokkaido: Hokkaido University Press, 1986. Inscribed from the Director of the Hokkaido Botanic Garden to the title page 'From Y. Ysujii Director, Botanic Garden, Hokkaido University' 188 pages; fine colour plates of trees and their flowering parts and fruits throughout after Y. Kudo & C. Suzaki. Dust jacket fine with light rubbing to edges only. Card covers fine. Contents clean and tight, unmarked, book tickets and 'obi' loosely inserted. A fine copy of this beautifully illustrated book. Text in Japanese. . First Edition. Paperback. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Y. Kudo & C. Suzaki.. 4to. Book.

$104.97

C.P. THUNBERG'S DRAWINGS OF JAPANESE PLANTS Icones  Plantarum Japonicarum Thunbergii Kept in the Library of the Komorov Botanical Institute, A Subsidiary of the Russian Academy of Sciences Library, St. Petersburg. PART 1 COMMENTARIES AND DRAWINGS
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C.P. THUNBERG'S DRAWINGS OF JAPANESE PLANTS Icones Plantarum Japonicarum Thunbergii Kept in the Library of the Komorov Botanical Institute, A Subsidiary of the Russian Academy of Sciences Library, St. Petersburg. PART 1 COMMENTARIES AND DRAWINGS

By Kimura,Y.; V. P. Leonov (Editors); W. T. Stearn (Text Editor)

Tokyo: Maruzen, 1994. This proof copy of PART 1: COMMENTARIES AND DRAWINGS was from the Library of W. T. Stearn who edited the text (though without his bookplate or signature) It contains reproductions of all Thunberg's drawings on 305 full-page plates (Part 2 articles and catalogues is not present here). Bound in plain white card wrappers, which are a little worn and marked. Contents clean and tight, unmarked. A very good proof copy of all the drawings only, including title page and contents page but without the text. A large heavy book and a small postal surcharge may apply. [Provenance: from the library of Prof. William Stearn, - though without his bookplate or signature, "doyen of British botanists" who wrote c. 500 papers and books, including the classic "Botanical Latin". He was an authority on Linnaeus and an expert on botanical illustration.]. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good. Folio. Proof copy.

$118.09

THE KEW MAGAZINE INCORPORATING CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE Vol. 5 Part 1 (February 1988)
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THE KEW MAGAZINE INCORPORATING CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE Vol. 5 Part 1 (February 1988)

By Grey-Wilson, Christopher (Ed.)

London: Basil Blackwell for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1988. pp. 1-48; 6 coloured plates after Valerie Price, Mark Fothergill and Pandora Sellars, numerous b/w illustrations. Original printed card wrappers with colour on-lay to the front cover, very good with minimal wear. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions. A fine copy.. First Edition. Card Covers. Fine. 8vo (16 x 25cm).

$9.18

A SUPPLEMENT TO ELWES' MONOGRAPH OF THE GENUS LILIUM [Parts I - IX]

By Grove, A.; Cotton, A. D.; Turrill, W. R. [John Henry Elwes]

London: Dulau & Co., Ltd., 1933. An excellent copy of this magnificent work, with fine and vibrant, hand-coloured lithographic plates. A Supplement to Elwes Monograph of the Genus Lilium, Parts I - VII and Parts VIII & IX, with a total of 40 colour plates of which 30 hand-coloured. Each plate is accompanied by a descriptive text of 2 - 4 pages, with detailed information on location and habitat. All nine parts in their original printed and decorated wrappers, all housed in a contemporary, bespoke, cloth-backed box. Parts I- VII by Grove & Cotton were issued between 1933 & 1940, limited to 250 copies with 30 hand coloured plates drawn and lithographed by Miss Lilian Snelling. Parts VIII & IX, by Turrill, were published in 1960 & 1962 respectively, by the Royal Horticultural Society, with 10 colotype (colour printed) plates after Margeret Stones. Just a little edge wear to a few of the wrappers, otherwise a very clean and sharp set, plates all bright and unmarked. [Bibliographic and historical note. The whole work was issued in three stages: the original "Monograph" by Elwes between 1877 and 1880 with 48 plates by Fitch and then the supplement in two stages as described above. Sitwell and Blunt in 'Great Flower Books', wrote: "A work of the greatest interest and value to all Lily growers. The Supplement is considerably finer both in text and illustration than the original monograph.". Arthur Grove in the introduction to the Supplement wrote: "When Elwes prepared his Monograph about fifty species of Lilium were known to exist, and it was then the general opinion among experts that few remained to be discovered. With his customary acumen, Elwes himself expressed the view that 'The only regions from which much novelty can be expected are the Eastern Himalayas and the immense tract of unexplored and difficult mountain country which surrounds our Indian Empire on the north and east, and which lies round the head-waters of the Irrawaddy, the Bramputra, and the Yang-tse-kiang. - The Korean peninsula may also produce some new species of Lily; but though the flora of that country is absolutely unknown to us, it may be expected that any indigenous plants of great beauty or horticultural value have already found their way into the gardens of Japan.' These words were written in 1880, some years before the botanical exploration of Western China began, and Elwes proved a wiser prophet than he knew. At that time, however, no one in England suspected that the area indicated by him was soon to prove richer in lilies than either Japan or Western North America." Consequently, more than half of the 30 plates in parts I-VII feature lilies from China, with all but 3 of Asian origin. F. C. Stern wrote in the introduction to Parts VIII & IX [these parts include] "the new lilies introduced since 1933 by Kingdon Ward and other collectors...the illustrations are by Miss Margaret Stones, another great botanical artist, who is following worthily in the steps of Miss Snelling." Nissen BBI 594; Great Flower Books; Stafleu & Cowan 1664.]. First Edition. Paperback. Very Good. Elephant Folio (38 x 56 cm). Book.

$3673.88

THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Volumes 1-12 bound in Six.
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THE BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Volumes 1-12 bound in Six.

By CURTIS (WILLIAM)

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman for W. Curtis, 1793. The first twelve volumes of this most famous of botanical periodicals: 1790-1798. The first 3 volumes are a slightly later but identical issue, the remaining volumes are all first editions (the first edition of the first few volumes was just around 3,000 copies and quickly sold out.) All volumes with their title pages and index leaves. 432 engraved plates (numbered 1-432), all but plate 120 (as usual) hand-coloured, one folding. Original marbled end papers. Contemporary, straight-grained, red half morocco gilt, over marbled boards. Bindings a little rubbed but very good and strong, some corners bumped and worn. Contents generally clean and tight; plates in volume 5 bound in reverse, occasional light spotting, a few plates in volume 3 lightly browned, slight offsetting to a few plates. A very run of the first twelve volumes. [Nissen BBI 2350]. Provenance: Robert Lang, of Moor Park (1771-1832, friend of Walter Scott), bookplate; Eleanor Maria Freeling, inscription dated February 1847; John Whitaker, Cambridge, pencil inscription dated September 1927, with price paid £2.. Full Leather. Very Good. 8vo.

$5117.19

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE 16 Parts. Volumes 178-181 inclusive. 1970-1977.  [Vol. CLXXVIII Part I (July 1970) to Vol. CLXXXI Part IV (October 1977)]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE 16 Parts. Volumes 178-181 inclusive. 1970-1977. [Vol. CLXXVIII Part I (July 1970) to Vol. CLXXXI Part IV (October 1977)]

By Taylor, Sir George; David R. Hunt (editors)

London: Blackwell Publishers, 1970. A short but complete run of 16 parts with 176 coloured plates, some of which folding. Also included are separate stapled indexes and general title pages for vols. 178, 180 & 181. Original printed card wrappers, a few with a little wear to the spines. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions. A very good run. Includes descriptions of many fine species including a number of new iris species introduced from Afghanistan in the 1960s (and rarely seen since): Iris doabensis; I. I. afghanica; I. cycloglossa etc.. First Edition. Card Covers. Very Good. 8vo (16 x 25cm). Book.

$150.89

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE. New Series volumes 180-184 Inclusive. 1974-1983.  [vols. CLXXX -CLXXXIV]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE. New Series volumes 180-184 Inclusive. 1974-1983. [vols. CLXXX -CLXXXIV]

By David R. Hunt (editor)

London: The Bentham-Moxon Trust, 1974. A run of five volumes covering a ten year period, superbly bound in half burgundy morocco leather. 221 coloured plates, some of which folding, b/w illustrations. Bindings in fine condition. Contents very good, first volume of the run with minimal foxing, title page of the same a little marked, previous owner's private bookplate to the paste-downs, otherwise unmarked. The card wrappers of the parts are not bound in. An excellent short run in handsome bindings. This run represents the period of the magazine before its name was changed to the 'Kew Magazine' - subsequently it was changed back to Curtis's Botanical Magazine . First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo (16 x 25cm).

$452.67

PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS  Volumes 1 - 15.
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PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS Volumes 1 - 15.

By Paxton, Joseph

London: Orr and Smith, 1834. 1834-1848; vols. 1-15 (of eventually 16); 695 fine hand-coloured engraved and lithographed botanical plates after Frederick William Smith and Samuel Holden (some heightened with gum arabic, several double-page, tissue guards), 4 tinted lithographed ground plans, one uncoloured engraved plate, wood-engraved illustrations in the text, approximately 10 plates shaved, just touching imprint or image. Finely bound in contemporary green half morocco with attractive gilt decoration to the spine and red title labels. Bound up from parts resulting in volumes 11-14 being slightly taller with similar but variant spine decoration. All edges gilt; marbled end papers. Bindings in very good bright edition with slight wear only. Contents clean and tight, plates bright. A very good set. [Nissen BBI 2351; Great Flower Books, p.85; Stafleu TL2 7544] The Magazine of Botany was illustrated with fine botanical plates, of which Paxton notes in his introduction to volume 10 "the Embellishments of this work has been brought as near perfection as it is possible to attain. It is, indeed, suggested by some of our friends, that they are too beautiful; and that the plants they represent are not ordinarily so handsome as they are here depicted. Such a view, however, is a mistaken one: it arises from a rule which we adopt in the choice of subjects for our drawings, and which is, to have them prepared, whenever practicable, from specimens that are very favourably grown... on account of the stimulus it gives to those who see our plates, to grow their specimens to the like excellence". From 1826 to 1858 Paxton was chief gardener at the Duke of Devon's Chatsworth Estate, establishing it as "the most famous garden in England... [and in the Magazine] he described many of his plants and innovations at Chatsworth" (ODNB). Provenance: M.A. Boothe, nineteenth century ownership inscription in each volume.. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good. Small 4to (17 x 23.5cm).

$5510.82

THE BOTANIC GARDEN; Consisting of Highly Finished Figures of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain with Their Names, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture & Physiological Observations, Volume II. [2]
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THE BOTANIC GARDEN; Consisting of Highly Finished Figures of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain with Their Names, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture & Physiological Observations, Volume II. [2]

By Maund, B.; Niven; James [Editor]

London: George Bell & Sons, 1878. vol. two of six. Pp. iv, 224. 41 highly attractive hand-coloured plates, some heightened with gum arabic, the plates numbered 43-83, each featuring five separate species. Original green-coated end papers; top edge gilt. Contemporary quarter green morocco with green cloth covered boards. Bindings good and strong, leather faded to tan on the spine and rubbed to joints, very slightly chipped to the head/tails of the spine. Contents clean and tight, unmarked; plates bright and fresh; no inscriptions. A very good copy. [Bibliographic note: originally published in 13 volumes from1825-1851, with just four species per plate; this a later printing in a significantly larger format featuring five species per plate and published in six volumes concurrently in 1878, this being vol. II.] . Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good. Royal 8vo (17.5 x 25.5 cm).

$249.30

THE BOTANIC GARDEN; Consisting of Highly Finished Figures of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain with Their Names, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture & Physiological Observations, Volume IV. [4]
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THE BOTANIC GARDEN; Consisting of Highly Finished Figures of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain with Their Names, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture & Physiological Observations, Volume IV. [4]

By Maund, B.; Niven; James [Editor]

London: George Bell & Sons, 1878. vol. four of six. Pp. iv, 215. 42 highly attractive hand-coloured plates, some heightened with gum arabic, the plates numbered 125-166, each featuring five separate species. Original green-coated endpapers; top edge gilt. Contemporary quarter green morocco with green cloth covered boards. Bindings good and strong, leather faded to tan on the spine and rubbed to joints, very slightly chipped to the head/tails of the spine. Contents clean and tight, unmarked; plates bright and fresh; no inscriptions. A very good copy. [Bibliographic note: originally published in 13 volumes from1825-1851, with just four species per plate; this a later printing in a significantly larger format featuring five species per plate and published in six volumes concurrently in 1878, this being vol. IV.] . Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good. Royal 8vo (17.5 x 25.5 cm).

$249.30

THE HORTICULTURAL REGISTER AND GENERAL MAGAZINE  [complete in Five Volumes 1831 - 1836]
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THE HORTICULTURAL REGISTER AND GENERAL MAGAZINE [complete in Five Volumes 1831 - 1836]

By Paxton, Joseph, Joseph Harrison, James Main

London: Published By Baldwin and Cradock, 1831. A complete run of this important 19th century periodical, bound with all the original printed green wrappers and advert pages from the monthly parts [these wrappers include detailed contents lists and notes]. We believe this set is complete with all plates; additionally there are numerous in-text woodcut illustrations some of which are full-page. Generally in very good condition but the bindings to vols II & II were worn and have now been stabilised. Collation - Vol. I: pp. 860 + wrappers; title page with engraved vignette, two large folding plates. Vol. II: pp. iv, 572 + wrappers; title page; lithographic frontispiece (uncoloured); 8 hand-coloured plates. Vol. III pp. [6], 529 + wrappers; title page (title now "The Horticultural Register, and General Magazine, of all Useful and Interesting Discoveries connected with Natural History and Rural Subjects); hand-coloured frontispiece plate. Vol. IV: pp. 487 + wrappers/adverts; title page (title now simply "The Horticultural Register" and edited by James Main, and now published by Orr & Smith); folding frontispiece plate (toned), three further engraved plates. Vol. V: pp. [2],476 + wrappers/adverts; half-title page with errata, title page and two hand-coloured frontispiece plates. Contemporary half calf bindings with marbled boards. Vol. I good with a little general wear and rubbing, a few small repairs, but binding remains strong; internally a little water-staining to some pages in the first half, a few pages a little more marked but aesthetic only, most pages clean; Vol. II & III bindings are worn and chipped with cracks or partial cracks to the joints, however they have been professionally stabilised and remain serviceable, contents of these two volumes generally very good, a little offsetting to the plates; vols. IV & V have very good bindings and the contents clean and tight. Overall a very good complete set.. First Edition. Half Leather. Good. 8vo (14 x 22 cm).

$721.66

PORTRAITS OF WILD FLOWERS
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PORTRAITS OF WILD FLOWERS

By Felsko, Elsa

Oxford: Bruno Cassirer, 1959. 207 pages including 140 fine colour plates by Elsa Felsko. Original dust jacket good, with some general wear and rubbing to edges and folds, a little dust marked and with a few nicks, head/tail of the spine lightly scuffed, not price-clipped, now attractively presented in a loose-fitting clear archival sleeve. Hard-back binding, very good. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, minimal spotting to the first few pages. A very good copy with a good dust jacket.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Small 4to (17 x 25cm).

$23.62

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE Containing Coloured Figures with Descriptions and Observations on the Botany History and Culture of Choice Plants. VOLUMES CLXV - CLXXII (165-172) [A run of 10 years covering the period 1948-1959 inclusive]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE Containing Coloured Figures with Descriptions and Observations on the Botany History and Culture of Choice Plants. VOLUMES CLXV - CLXXII (165-172) [A run of 10 years covering the period 1948-1959 inclusive]

By Turrill, W. B. (Editor)

London: The Royal Horticultural Society, 1948. Series volumes 165- 172 bound in 8 cloth volumes representing the ten year period 1948-1957. (two or four parts were published per year, with four parts per volume, so some volumes span 2 years). A total of 351 plates (numbered n.s.t. 1 - n.s.t. 351) of which some folding. Uniformly bound in the publisher's blue buckram cloth with gilt lettering to the spines. Very good with slight wear only, a few volumes with light surface discoloration, lightly faded to the spine. Contents clean and tight, plates very bright, no soiling or discolouration of the paper, no inscriptions. A very good run.. First Edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Snelling, Ross-Craig, Margaret Stone, et al.. 8vo.

$419.87

CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Vols. 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 48, 51, & 52. [11 volumes bound in 7 with 594 hand-coloured plates]
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CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed. Vols. 7, 8, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 48, 51, & 52. [11 volumes bound in 7 with 594 hand-coloured plates]

By Sims, John; Curtis, William

London: Printed by Stephen Couchman, 1813. An excellent broken run with good margins and 594 bright, hand-coloured, engraved plates of which many are folding. All uniformly bound in contemporary half tan calf with gilt-decorated raised bands and contrasting gilt-lettered labels over marbled boards. 1794, 1795, 1801, 1806, 1807, 1821, 1824 and 1825; vols. 7 & 8 bound together, vols. 15 & 16 bound together, vols. 23 & 24 bound together, vols. 25 & 26 bound together, vols 48, 51 & 52 bound in separate volumes. The volumes include the following plate numbers: [v. 7] 217-252; [v. 8] 253-288; [v. 15] 505-548; [v. 16] 549-596; [v. 23] 881-923; [v. 24] 923* - 966; [v. 25] 967-1013; [v. 26] 1014-1059; [v. 48] 2189-2272; [v. 51]2441-2522; [v. 52] 2523-2606. Each part with separate index; the volumes containing two parts of the work have not had the second title page bound in. As stated good margins - leaf size 144 x 236 mm, for instance instruction for cancelled leafs printed in the upper margin are retained e.g. p. for plate 532. Binding very good with light rubbing and wear only. Contents clean and tight, plates generally very clean and bright. Original end-papers, no inscriptions. An excellent broken run of this most famous of all botanical periodicals. Vols. 7 and 8 are by Curtis alone, whilst all the others are by Sims. [Nissen BBI 2350]. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. 8vo (15 x 24cm).

$5904.45

PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS Volume the Sixth
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PAXTON'S MAGAZINE OF BOTANY. AND REGISTER OF FLOWERING PLANTS Volume the Sixth

By Paxton, Joseph

London: W. S. Orr & Co., 1839. pp. xii, 280; 48 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates. Comtemporary half dark green morocco with gilt lettering and ruled lines to the spine, marbled boards. Binding very good, strong, with a little general wear and some rubbing, old paper shelf-no. label to the base of the spine. Contents good and tight, contemporary oval, library stamps to several text pages including the title page; all plates clean and unmarked, colour bright and fresh, paper lightly toned; marbled end papers the front end paper with a library plate. A very good copy with wonderful clean vibrant plates.. First Edition. Half Leather. Very Good. Small 4to (17 x 23.5cm).

$446.11

FLORAL GEMS Containing Coloured Figures and Descriptions of the Most Beautiful and Curious Flowering Plants and Shrubs. Cultivated in British Gardens.

By Sweet, R.; Prof. D. Don

London: G. Willis, Great Plazza, Covent Garden, 1830. A very rare work; this copy in excellent condition with bright plates. Title continues: "Selected from the works of R. Sweet ... D. Don, etc. ; to which are added English descriptions, and the most recent practical hints on culture, propagation, etc., by an eminent floriculturist. Illustrated with forty-four highly coloured plates." No date, circa 1830; unpaginated but two pages of letterpress per page, title page. 44 hand-coloured plates, mainly after Miss Drake [see below] with others by Ed. Smith. J. T. Hart & Allport. Twentieth century half, green morocco binding with marbled boards; a little faded to the spine, top corner lightly bumped otherwse very good and strong. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, no obvious foxing or spotting, one or two plates trimmed tight to plate mark. A very good copy. [Bibliographic note: Due to the scarcity of this title, little is known of it; Nissen does not mention it and it is not on Copac; only one copy is recorded in world libraries and that at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As the title implies it appears to be a compendium and some of the plates appear, ostensibly, the same as those that appeared in Edwards botanical register, and probably other works too. But the titles on the plates are new and inexplicably they are numbered 105 to 148, with the forntispiece numbered "1". "Sarah Ann Drake, 1803-1857. In 1830 moved into the Lindley home at Acton Green in London. She appears to have had a number of roles in the Lindley home, including that of governess, but eventually she took up botanical art, gradually taking over from Lindley the illustration of his botanical publications. She created illustrations for his Sertum Orchidaceae, for example, as well as over 1000 illustrations for the horticultural magazine Edwards's Botanical Register, which Lindley edited from 1829 to 1847".]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Large 8vo (15 X 24cm).

$1154.65

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