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The British Herbal: an history of plants and trees, natives of Britain, cultivated for use, or raised for beauty
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The British Herbal: an history of plants and trees, natives of Britain, cultivated for use, or raised for beauty

By Hill, John

First edition. Printed for T. Osborne and J. Shipton, in Gray's Inn; J. Hodges near London BridgeJ. Newbery, in St. Paul's Churchyard; B. Collins; And S. Crowder and H. Woodgate, in Pater-noster Row. London. 1756. Folio. Engraved frontispiece. Title page in red and black. (2), dedication, 533, (3) index pp. Text in double columns. Decorative engraved tailpieces. 75 engraved plates. Contemporary full calf. Spine in seven compartments with raised bands and red leather label. Relaid to joints and corners. Inner margin repair to title, lower edges of 1-4 chipped, paper fault small hole to 47/8, short closed tear to 113/4 with basic paper repair to verso, minor insect damage to lower margin 169/70, repair to outer margin 429/30. Toning/darkening to feps, frontis and title. Occasional spotting, a bright crisp handsome copy. Pressed grasses have been loosely inserted at 269, 303, 337, 351, 419, 431, 437, 499, and at plate 71. A small historic and faded note list of plants loosely inserted. Decoratively inscribed, with floral embellishment, to verso of ffep "John Gainsworth Senior" dated March 10, 1833. Further word removed by scorching..

$2002.65

Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses.  X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.
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Botanologia. The English Herbal: or, History of Plants. Containing I. Their names. Greek Latine and English. II Their species, or various kinds. III. Their descriptions. IV. Their places of growth. V. Their times of flowering and seeding. VI. Their qualities or properties. VII. Their specifications. VIII. Their preparations, Galenic and Chymick. IX. Their virtues and uses. X. A complete florilegium, of all the choice flowers cultivated by our florists, interspersed through the whole work, in their proper places: where you have their culture, choice, increase, and way of management, as well for profit as delectation. Adorned with exquisite icons or figures, of the most considerable species, representing to the life, the true forms of those several plants. The whole in alphabetical order.

By Salmon, William

First edition. Folio. Printed by I. Dawks for H. Rhodes at the Star, the corner of Bride Lane, in Fleet Street; and J. Taylor, at the Ship in Pater Noster Row. 1710. Engraved title. Title page in red and black. 4pp dedication to Queen Anne, xxiv, 1296pp. Index Plantarum & Index Latinus [41pp]. Index Morbarum, erratum [6pp]. Numerous engravings. Full panelled calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, blind rules. Gilt lettering and floral tooling to second compartment. Blind tooling to boards Small symbols inscribed to base of title page. Neat historic addenda to the margins. P22 'Angelica' in historic script to margin. P173 small portrait to margin. P180 note to lower margin re 'hen Bane'. P256 script to margin "Touch me not or Elaterium". P671 script 'Powder' to margin. P892 script to margin 'Extract'. Occasional drawn marginal manicules. P1162 script to margin 'Powder'. P312 misnumbered 351. Four leaves of index restored to margins, in slightly smaller state. P63 slight loss of text (4 letters in 3 lines) from short paper fault. P111 slight loss to heading from short paper fault. P749-61 minor worm to lower margin. Occasional spotting, variable toning, paper faults, short closed tears, corner tears, small holes or marks. A handsome well – bound copy of an essential work. ESTC T83065; Henrey 1308. The first known reference to the cultivation of the tomato. "In 1710-1711 Salmon published Botanologia; or the English Herbal, dedicated to Anne, Queen of Great Britain. He mentions his travels in the British colonies of North America, making the first known reference to the tomato's cultivation there, in what is now the Carolinas. He also extols the virtues of the Virginian potato. Preparations of cannabis root are suggested for the treatment of gout, arthritis, and painful joints."

$3738.28

China and gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century. With an introduction by Hugh Honour.
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China and gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century. With an introduction by Hugh Honour.

By Sirén, Osvald (Honour, Hugh intro.)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection for Harvard University. Washington. 1990. 4to. xiv, 223pp. Tinted frontis., 192 plates. Original cloth, fine, in protected slightly chipped d/w. A very good copy."This book, written in 1946-48 and published in 1950, is still the most important, if also controversial, account of its subject, the widest and richest and best illustrated survey of what the French called in the late eighteenth century the jardin anglo-chinois." From the introduction by Hugh Honour.

$66.76

The Pelargonium Family. The species of Pelargonium, Monsonia and Sarcocaulon
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The Pelargonium Family. The species of Pelargonium, Monsonia and Sarcocaulon

By Webb, William

First edition. Quarto. viii, 104pp. Colour plates and text illus. Very good copy in original cloth and original protected dust wrapper.

$33.38

The gardens of the British working class
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The gardens of the British working class

By Willes, Margaret

413pp. Illustrations in colour and monochrome. Very good in original dust wrapper. As new.

$16.69

A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, exhibiting new and advantageous methods of propagating, cultivating, and training that plant, so as to render it absolutely fruitful.  Together with New Hints on the Formation of Vineyards in England.
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A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, exhibiting new and advantageous methods of propagating, cultivating, and training that plant, so as to render it absolutely fruitful. Together with New Hints on the Formation of Vineyards in England.

By Speechly, William

The second edition with additions. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. London. [nd.] G. Woodfall, Printer, Paternoster Row to verso of half title. Octavo. xv, 300, (21), (bl.), (1), (1)pp. 6 folding engraved plates. Later half calf, marbled boards, spine in six compartments, leather label, gilt lettering, rules and embellishment. Short closed fold tear to Plate I. Toned with some light offsetting of plates, foxing/browning to index. This edition has an additional folding plate to the 1790 edition, plus additional material. There is some conflict between authorities in dating this edition. Bibliotheca Vinaria dates this enlarged edition to 1789, presumably from the dated preface. Conforming to N67167, ESTC dates this edition 1790?. University of Bath Library dates it 1789. The New York Botanical Mertz Library copy dates it 1789 by preface. The plates hold the key, as they are each dated September 1, 1805. Significant to the library of the vine. A handsome volume. William Speechly (1723 – 1819), gardener to the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire. ODNB.

$467.29

Handbook of Hardy Herbaceous and Alpine Flowers.
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Handbook of Hardy Herbaceous and Alpine Flowers.

By Sutherland, William

William Blackwood and Sons. Edinburgh and London. 1871. Octavo. 4 (ads), lxvi, 321, 16 (ads)pp. Original green decorative cloth, gilt, bevelled edges. Rubbed and worn to extremities. Hinges cracked, but firm. Pages untrimmed, occasional spotting. William Sutherland (1833-1920) Scottish horticulturalist (Herbaceous) at Kew, Florence Court and Minto Roxburghshire, home of the Earl of Minto (subject of the conservation scandal of 1992). Correspondence held at Sissinghurst. Provenance: Signature of "J Fraser Kew" to ffep and following page. John Fraser (1854-1935) FLS, VMH, Scottish horticulturalist and expert on the genus Mentha and Salix, RHS Chiswick 1880-1882, Kew 1882-86 & 1897-1909; editor of Gardener’s World Magazine.

$40.05

View of the Agriculture of Middlesex; with observations on the means of its improvement, and several essays on agriculture in general, drawn up for the consideration of The Board of Agriculture.
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View of the Agriculture of Middlesex; with observations on the means of its improvement, and several essays on agriculture in general, drawn up for the consideration of The Board of Agriculture.

By Middleton, John

First edition. Printed for B. MacMillan for G. Nicol, Pall Mall. 1798. Octavo. Half title, title, xvii, (1: errata), 597pp. 2 hand coloured folding maps, one folding table. Later utilitarian quarter calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands with uneven black rules, gilt lettering, sl. rubbed to head and foot; slightly marked cloth boards. All edges speckled. Apart from a little light sporadic foxing a nice crisp clean copy. John Middleton (1751 – 1833), surveyor, pioneering and inventive agriculturist, commissioner for enclosures. "The best of all the [board's] surveys of English Counties'". ODNB. An all-encompassing work in the spirit of the age, including the state of property, commons and enclosures, arable land and crops grown, gardens and orchards, copses, woods, plantations, hedge-rows and oziers, livestock, rural economy, political economy, markets, commerce, trade, population, legislation, weights and measures, improvement, waste-land, manufactures, distilleries. Pre-Ricardo and Corn Laws analysis of corn and "manufacture of wheat". 108 of the 208 parishes lay within the City of London, of which there is an invaluable account from that time. ESTC: T50760

$133.51

The Floral Register; containing figures and descriptions of nearly all tender and hardy plants, which have been lately introduced to, and cultivated in Great Britain.
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The Floral Register; containing figures and descriptions of nearly all tender and hardy plants, which have been lately introduced to, and cultivated in Great Britain.

By Maund, Benjamin

Simkin and Marshall; Groombridge & Sons, [1825-1850] Two Parts bound in one volume. Small quarto. Engraved half title, Title page Part I, xvi, 240pp; Title page Part II, 13, 144pp. 3066 woodcuts. Contemporary half morocco, gilt, raised bands to spine. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Corners rubbed. Index to Part II and pp141-144 originally published in smaller state (8vo), expertly relaid to quarto. Comprehensively cataloguing the origins, date of introduction and British gardens and their owners of foreign introductions during the golden age of plant-hunting, the Floral Register was the resource for all newly introduced plants. Benjamin Maund (1790-1864) botanist and horticulturist, "he prospered as a bookseller, stationer, printer, bookbinder, publisher, and chemist in a combination normal for the time". He experimented with seeds and plants introduced from around the world and particularly with varieties of wheat. Fellow of the Linnean Society. ODNB. Provenance From the library of Enid Lucy Robertson (1925-2016), botanist, phycologist & ecologist, Australian plant collector, with her signature to half-title. Stafleu Taxonomic Literature (2nd) 5715. Journ. Soc. Bib. Nat. History 3:321.

$233.64