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The Flower Grower's Guide. Div. I & II.
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The Flower Grower's Guide. Div. I & II.

By CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS) Wright, John. Low, Miss Marie (illus).

London.: J. S. Virtue & Co.. No date. Ca. 1880s.. TWO OF SIX VOLUMES. 8 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards in each volume, black and white in-text illustrations, decorative endpapers, all edges gilt, 176 and 177-352 pages, 11 1/4 x 9 inches, decorative embossed cloth covered boards (hardbound). Covers lightly worn; interior in very good condition with light foxing to color plates (mainly to outer margins). This are the first two parts or "divisions" of a six part work. The first part features eight beautiful color lithograph plates: Hellebores, Hyacinths - Crocus - Snowdrops - and Scillas, Polyanthuses and Primroses, Clematis, Flowering Shrubs, Violets, Flowers for Rockwork, Roses. The second part features eight beautiful color lithograph plates: Carnations and Picotees, Cannas, Hardy Phloxes, Aldborough Anemones, Pansies and Violas, Auriculas, Trumpet Daffodils and Poet's Narcissus, Pyrethrums. The attractive decorative binding features poppies and a daisy-like flower. .

$125.00

Opium Poppies.
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Opium Poppies.

By POPPY) Reinhart. B. (illus).

No date. Ca. 1890s.. Chromolithograph, 16 x 8 1/4 inches on sheet size 17 x 9 1/4 inches. 1/2 inch tear to mid upper edge (just entering image), couple of other short edge tears; light toning to margins, overall very good condition. An attractive botanical print of Opium Poppies by B. Reinhart. .

$165.00

The Amateur Gardener's Rose Book.
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The Amateur Gardener's Rose Book.

By ROSES) Hoffman, Dr. Julius. Friese, Hermann (illus).

London.: Longmans, Green, and Co.. 1905.. Hardcover book, 8 2/4 x 6 inches, 155 pp. plus 40 pp listing at rear of books published by Longmans, Green, and Co. Ex-library, with remnant of catalog label on spine and remnant of book plate on verso of front cover. Library "lending card" pocket affixed to verso of back cover. Bumps to top and bottom of spine. Contents clean, with twenty color lithographed plates, all in excellent condition. Beautiful color plates by Hermann Friese. Contents include: Classification of Roses, Raising and Culture of Roses in the Open Air, Propagation of Roses, The Forcing of Roses, The Different Forms of Cultivated Garden Roses, The Raising of New Roses, and Enemies of the Rose. Text translated from the German by John Weathers. .

$295.00

Nuphar lutea.  Yellow Water-lily.
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Nuphar lutea. Yellow Water-lily.

By WATERLILY) Baxter, W. Baxter, W. (illus).

Oxford: W. Baxter.. 1838.. Handcolored engraving, plate size 4 1/2 x 7 inches on sheet 5 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches.. Light foxing to margins, overall clean and bright. A richly colored image of a yellow waterlily in full bloom, with bud and opening flower in water environment. Plate number 287 from "British Phaenogamous Botany; or, Figures and Descriptions of the Genera of British Flowering Plants." .

$65.00

The Most Beautiful Flowers.  144 Engraved Color Plates in Facsimile.  Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs.
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The Most Beautiful Flowers. 144 Engraved Color Plates in Facsimile. Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs.

By REDOUTE, Pierre Joseph. Redoute, Pierre Joseph (illus).

Secaucus, NJ.: The Wellfleet Press.. 1981.. 144 color plates + xii pages, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (folio), cloth-covered boards with gilt-lettered spine in color pictorial dustjacket (hardbound). Couple of light marks to dustjacket, but overall as new condition. Very heavy book which will require additional postage for priority and overseas mailing. This book reproduces all plates from this publication. The dustjacket text notes that "Redoute created this collection of masterpieces in 1833 as the pinnacle of his craft." The fine color illustrations capture the exquisite beauty of the stipple engraving technique used by Redoute. .

$85.00

The Ferns of Great Britain, and Their Allies the Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails.

By FERNS) Pratt, Anne. Pratt, Anne (illus). William Dickes (engraver).

London.: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.. No date. Ca. 1855.. 41 color wood-engravings with tissue guards, black and white in-text illustrations, all edges gilt, iv+164pp + plates, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, decorative embossed cloth covered boards with gilt lettered embossed spine (hardbound). Volume cocked; spine bumped at top and bottom. Handsome tissue-guarded plates in very good clean condition. This early edition of The Ferns of Great Britain contains fine quality color wood engravings, attributed on the plates to William Dickes, drawn and engraved (W. Dickes del. et sc.) William Dickes (1815-1892) was a licensee of George Baxter ((1804-1867) whose relief color printing process revolutionised the commercial market printing world in the 1830s to 1850s; "Dickes did a good deal of work for the S.P.C.K., illustrating at least six of Anne Pratt's botanical works which they published. These Dickes plates, like Baxter's early illustrations, lacked an intaglio key plate." (Friedman, Color Printing in England 1486-1870, Yale 1978). The plates have the appearance of pressed leaves with bright warm coloring - quite different from many of the plates in later editions of Pratt's work. Anne Pratt (1806-1893) was a leader in popularising botany and gardening in 19th century England. The author writes regarding ferns: "There are few things which are worth knowing that can be known without patient attention, and we rejoice in finding this bestowed on the study of these beautiful plants." .

$285.00

Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. 1897.
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Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. 1897.

By AGRICULTURE - CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PLATES)

Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.. 1898.. Complete with 7 chromolithographic plates, two-color plates (charts), 9 lithographic plates of mushrooms, numerous black and white plates, in-text black and white illustrations, 792 pp, index, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, blue cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Small chip to cloth at head of spine and along lower fore-edge of front board, but overall in very good condition with plates in very good, clean condition. This series issued by the U.S. Government is notable for the beautiful color lithographs with which they were illustrated. Includes sections on Education for the Farmer, Birds That Injure Grain, Fruit Industry, Hybrids and Their Utilization in Plant Breeding, Rainfall of the Crop Season, etc. With color plates of fruits, flower and mushrooms: grapes, prunes, figs, olives, almonds, hybrid carnation and algaric (fungi). .

$55.00

Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture.  1902
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Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. 1902

By AGRICULTURE - CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PLATES)

Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.. 1903.. 7 chromolithographic plates, two-color plates (charts), numerous black and white plates, in-text black and white illustrations, 912 pp, index, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, blue cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Good condition: light wear and soiling to extremities; scattered foxing to endpapers and fore-edge, some plates sticking together. This series issued by the U.S. Government is notable for the beautiful color lithographs with which they were illustrated. The article on the San Jose Scale includes four 1/2 page photo illustrations of fruit selling in China and a brief discussion of the "fruit-growing conditions of China and the locations of the principal fruit districts." Includes sections on Contamination on Public Water Supplies by Algae; Wet an Dry Seasons in California; The Cost of Food as Related to Its Nutritional Value; Grape, Raisin, and Wine Production in the United States, etc. With color plates of apples, peaches, almond, etc. .

$55.00

Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture.  1912.
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Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. 1912.

By AGRICULTURE - CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PLATES)

Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.. 1913.. COMPLETE WITH 9 chromolithographic plates, numerous full-page black and white photo illustrations, in-text black and white illustrations, 784 pp, index, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, blue cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Very good, clean condition. This series issued by the U.S. Government is notable for the beautiful color lithographs with which they were illustrated. Includes sections on Promising New Fruits, Insects Injurious to the Onion Crop, Seed Collection on a Large Scale, Some New Grasses for the South, etc. With color plates of apples, pear, strawberry, persimmon, avocado, pecans (and one of chestnut bark canker). .

$55.00

Flair.  1950 - 05
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Flair. 1950 - 05

By ROSES)

New York.: Cowles Magazines.. 05- 1950.. May 1950 issue of this magazine in color pictorial wrappers as issued, profusely illustrated in color and black and white, 122 pp, 13 x 10 inches. Light toning to cover edges, some light soiling; soft wave and slighly bowed throughout magazine, interior very good. Theme of this issue is the rose, with booklet 'The Flower of Flowers' by Katherine Anne Porter enclosed. .

$40.00

Popular Field Botany; Containing a Familiar and Technical Description of the Plants Most Common to the Various Localities of the British Isles, Adapted to the Study of Either the Artificial or Natural Systems
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Popular Field Botany; Containing a Familiar and Technical Description of the Plants Most Common to the Various Localities of the British Isles, Adapted to the Study of Either the Artificial or Natural Systems

By HANDCOLORED BOTANICAL PLATES) Catlow, Agnes

London.: Reeve, Benham, and Reeve.. 1848.. 20 handcolored plates, xxxii + 380 + 9 pages, index, 6 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, embossed gilt pictorial cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Moderate soiling to cover, book has been rebacked with original decorative gilt lettered spine attached, front endpapers replaced, dampstain and bookbinder's label to rear paste-down, plates in very good condition with one loose plate; still a good copy of this quintessential Victorian flora. Each plate is composed of four small handcolored images of plants. A charming work. This edition has an advertising section at the back promoting "Scientific Works printed and published by Reeve, Benham, and Reeve", which includes three additional handcolored plates as samples for other titles: Popular British Algology, Popular British Ornithology, and Popular British Entomology. .

$145.00

Revue Horticole. Journal D'Horticulture Pratique. Fondee en 1829 par les auteurs du Bon Jardinier.
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Revue Horticole. Journal D'Horticulture Pratique. Fondee en 1829 par les auteurs du Bon Jardinier.

By CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS - FLOWERS)

Paris.: Librairie Agricole de la Maison Rustique.. 1883.. 24 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards, 576pp, 10 1/4 x 7 inches, paper covered boards, cloth spine with paper label(hardbound). Soiling to front and back covers, scattered foxing throughout, very light foxing and toning to edges of several plates (toning affects the edge not covered by the tissue guard). Overall a tight volume with bright plates. A year of this important French horticultural journal, with much information on new plants, cultivation etc (text in French). Gorgeous colorful lithographic plates include "Fuchsia Abel Carriere", "Dendrobium eburneum," "Begonia Martiana gracilis," "Onoseris Drakeana", "Peche precoce Chevallier" and "Caraguata sanguinea". .

$265.00

Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Les Roses
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Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Les Roses

By REDOUTE) Gager, C, Stuart

New York.: American Engraving Society.. Copyright 1941.. 12 color plates, loose in card folder, 16 x 13 inches. Folder worn with faint dampstains and separated along folds; plates in very good to fine condition, two plates have light toning to upper and right edges (outside plate area). This is an exquisitely produced set of reproductions of some of the most lovely of the botanical works of Pierre-Joseph Redoute, printed to closely resemble the original stipple engravings. On the title page it is stated: "Each one of these plates is hand engraved and hand colored by American artists who have specialized in reproducing 18th and 19th century flower and fruit prints. Entire portfolio is produced in the United States of America." They appear to be finely produced examples of the intermingling of traditional and modern printing techniques, complete with faux platemark, but if you can't afford a 19th century Redoute handcolored stipple engraving, they are the next best thing! .

$375.00

English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants. Volume VII. Labiate to Amarantaceae. Cover title: Sowerby's English Botany.
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English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants. Volume VII. Labiate to Amarantaceae. Cover title: Sowerby's English Botany.

By BOTANICALS) Boswell Syme, John T. (edited by) and MrsLankester. Sowerby, John Edward et al (illus)

London.: Robert Hardwicke.. Third Edition.. 1867.. 158 handcolored lithographs, 194+158pp, index, 10 x 7 inches, rebound with original embossed decorative gilt cover attached to new cloth covered boards with gilt lettered spine (hardbound). Faint foxing to a few plates. Very good condition. Contains plates MXIX through MCLXXVII. Many lovely plates, including different mints, forget me nots etc. .

$475.00

Beautiful Bulbous Plants for the Open Air
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Beautiful Bulbous Plants for the Open Air

By CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS) Weathers, John. Hensley, Mrs. Philip (illus)

London.: Simpkin, Marshall Hamilton, Kent, & Co.. No date. Ca. 1905.. 33 chromolithographic plates, top edge gilt, vi+150pp, 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, gilt decorative cloth covered boards (hardbound). Covers lightly worn; front joint starting to split but still well attached, discolored tape to right edge of frontispiece and title page (outside image area), faint offsetting from plates on to text pages, good, clean condition. Brightly colored plates include: Ixias, Madonna Lily, Spanish Irises, Hyacinths, Crocus, Tulips, etc. .

$48.00

The Botanic Garden: Consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain... Part VI. (Maund's Botanic Garden).
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The Botanic Garden: Consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated in Great Britain... Part VI. (Maund's Botanic Garden).

By HANDCOLORED ENGRAVINGS) Maund, Benjamin. Smith, Edwin Dalton (illus).

London.: Simpkin and Marshall.. 1830.. 12 hand colored engravings each with 4 flowers depicted, tissue guards, unpaginated (each plate is followed by 4 sheets with information on each flower), 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches, decorative paper label on paper covered boards (hardbound). Cover extremities lightly worn with some light soiling; ink notation to verso of front endpaper, a few small foxing spots, front hinge a little tender. Soft crease, overall toning and light offset (despite a tissue guard) to frontispiece, other plates in very good clean condition. Exquisitely hand colored engravings by Edwin Dalton Smith with four botanical images to a page. Part VI from Maund's Botanic Garden. The title page description continues: "with Their Names, Classes, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture, and Physiological Observations." .

$535.00

The Gardener's Assistant. A Practical and Scientific Exposition of the Art of Gardening in All Its Branches.
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The Gardener's Assistant. A Practical and Scientific Exposition of the Art of Gardening in All Its Branches.

By CHROMOLITHOGRAPH BOTANICAL PLATES) Thompson, Robert.

London.: Gresham Publishing Company.. 1913. New edition.. 6 volumes, 18 color plates (3 chromolithographic plates with titled tissue guards in each volume) numerous black and white plates and in-text illustrations, pagination runs volume 1 through 3, volume 4 through 6: viii+656+iv+607pp, index, 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, embossed decorative cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Light rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped, scattered foxing (mainly to endpapers and first and last few pages), otherwise interiors clean with bright clean chromolithograph plates (occasional light foxing on versos which does not show on the front of the plate). Overall a very good copy. Beautiful art deco decorative covers and gorgeous chromolithographic plates of orchids, lilacs, apples, plums, etc. Although published in 1913, the quality of the chromolithographs harks back to the late nineteenth century. .

$195.00

Floral Art.  Decoration and Design
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Floral Art. Decoration and Design

By Richter, H. Davis. (Foreword by Frank Brangwyn)

London.: Batsford for F. Lewis, Essex.. 1932.. 60 tipped-in color plates with titled tissue guards, 14pp text including introduction, folio (15.5 x 12"), teg, two edges uncut, blue cloth with gilt decorative motif and spine lettering. Overall good condition: spine sunned, fraying at head of spine, corners bumped, light rubbing, light scattered foxing throughout not noticeable on plates, previous owner's name in pencil on ffep and title page. Examples of fine and decorative art with floral motifs, featuring work by artists of the day. A fascinating snapshot of the period. .

$125.00

The Garden. An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Horticulture in All its Branches
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The Garden. An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Horticulture in All its Branches

By CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS) Robinson, W. (founded by)

London.. Vol. XIX.. Midsummer, 1881.. BOUND VOLUME for January to June 1881, 26 chromolithographic plates, black and white in-text illustrations, xii + 668pp, index, 12 x 9 1/2 inches, three quarters leather cloth covered boards (hardbound). Leather spine missing, front board detached, lightly soiled and rubbed, rear joint split but still attached. Text block clean and tight with sparse light foxing, one plate has 5 1/2 tear in lower left image, otherwise color plates bright and in very good condition. A half year volume containing weekly issues of The Garden magazine from January 1 to June 25 at a moment in its publishing history when the chromolithographic prints were particularly attractive. Within this antique volume is a wealth of descriptive information to accompany gorgeous and vibrantly colored plates such as: Two Herbaceous Peonies, The Purple Milla, A Group of Single Dahlias, Lilium Polyphyllum, Eulphia Guineensis, etc. Suitable for rebinding. .

$385.00

The Practical Gardener. Volume I & II.
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The Practical Gardener. Volume I & II.

By McIntosh, Charles.

London.: Thomas Kelly.. 1829-1830.. VOLUME I AND VOLUME II FROM DIFFERENT EDITIONS: Volume I with a title page copyright 1830 (in addition to pictorial title page dated 1828); volume II title page is copyright 1829. BINDING OF VOLUMES DOES NOT MATCH. VOLUME I: Hard back volume, 8.25 x 5.5 inches, leather binding, xxviii+554pp, with pagination beginning with the Preface (iii thru viii) and a brief history of gardening (ix thru xxviii). The boards are scuffed and mottled with one plum-sized stain. 3.5 inch vertical crack (repaired) to front joint. The spine itself is dry and cracked and bumped at top and bottom. The bulk of the book (pp 1 thru 554) gives focus to the Culinary (or Kitchen) Garden and to the Fruit Garden. The volume contains a feebly imagined engraved frontispiece (tears and stains in margins of free edges) and four beautifully hand-colored plates depicting fruit: strawberry, pineapple, pear and apple (three dated 1828; one 1829). These plates suffer modest toning, light soiling and a light dampstain (.25 inch at deepest point) across the top margin, a condition also affecting, less detrimentally, the text portion of the Fruit Garden. The text remains tightly bound, save for a single loose page in the Fruit Garden section. VOLUME II: Hard back volume, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, half-leather binding, with pagination beginning at p. 555 and ending on index p. 1120. A 142 pp. Supplement follows the primary text; it is in two parts: "The Stove" and "Nursery and Planting." The last page provides Directions to the Binder and, on verso, an advert for "a new and elegant work" by McIntosh entitled "Flora and Pomona." The volume contains twenty-three full page plates, ten beautifully hand-colored depicting flowering plants. A black and white plate entitled Late Forcing Pit has suffered a vertical tear; only half the plate remains. The placement of plates appears to match the instructions to the binder appearing at the rear of the book. The volume is missing the front free end paper; previous owner's address on the blank page preceding the title page. One inch split to top of front joint. The index and final page at rear have separated from the text block and are held in place by the rear free end paper, resulting in wear to the fore-edge of these sheets. Scattered light foxing to the text block and black and white plates, the color plates are in very good condition: clean and bright. This was an extremely popular work which was published in several editions over a matter of just a few years, as the rage for gardening spread among the expanding British middleclass.. VOLUME I: The complete information on the title page reads: "The Practical Gardener, and Modern Horticulturist; containing the latest and most approved methods for the management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, the green house, hot house etc. etc. for every month in the year; each department being distinctly and separately arranged; illustrated by numerous designs of the most eligible plans for the formation of Kitchen and Pleasure Gardens, the erection of hot houses, hot beds, green houses, conservatories, walls, fences, etc. etc. including the New Method of Heating Forcing-Houses with Hot Water Only; forming a complete system of modern practice, in the various branches of Horticultural Science. Embellished with highly finished engravings of some of the most choice and valuable fruits and flowers now cultivated in this country. By Charles McIntosh CMCHS Late Gardener to the Right Honorable the Earl of Braedalbane, and Sir Thomas Baring," etc. The first chapter is a brief history entitled "The Rise and Progress of Gardening"; subsequent sections are entitled "The Culinary Garden" and "The Fruit Garden," both of which are organized by the months of the year, beginning in January, with a discussion of gardening activities appropriate to the season and the specific vegetable or fruit. The final chapter consists of "The Forcing Garden" (or Hot House Garden) The four color plates are most attractive, with condition issues noted. VOLUME II: The complete information on the title page reads: "The Practical Gardener, and Modern Horticulturist; containing the latest and most approved methods for the management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden, the green house, hot house etc. etc. for every month in the year; each department being distinctly and separately arranged; illustrated by numerous designs of the most eligible plans for the formation of Kitchen and Pleasure Gardens, the erection of hot houses, hot beds, green houses, conservatories, walls, fences, etc. etc. including the New Method of Heating Forcing-Houses with Hot Water Only; forming a complete system of modern practice, in the various branches of Horticultural Science. Embellished with highly finished engravings of some of the most choice and valuable fruits and flowers now cultivated in this country. By Charles McIntosh CMCHS Late Gardener to the Right Honorable the Earl of Braedalbane, and Sir Thomas Baring," etc. The volume is organized by the months of the year, beginning in January, with a discussion of gardening activities appropriate to the season. The color plates are clean and attractive, and the volume is in overall good condition, with defects noted. .

$595.00

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