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  • (Children's gardening) (ANONYMOUS)
    A BOTANICAL LADDER FOR THE YOUNG.

    London: The Religious Tract Society, n.d. (ca. 1845). Botanical instructions for the young in the form of a dialogue between mother and child. These instructions are for a fairly well read child and progress as one advances up the steps of a ladder. With text figures or sketches. 12mo (14.2 x 9 cm); engraved frontispiece of mother and child out botanizing, (ii) + 176 pp. with engraved text figures of plants or plant parts.

    Original cloth, well preserved.

    Book ID: 16381
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  • A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING: by BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg). A(ndreas).
    BRADLEY, Richard; AGRICOLA, G(eorg). A(ndreas).
    A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE OF HUSBANDRY AND GARDENING: Being A New Method of Cultivating and Increasing all sorts of Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers. A Very Curious Work: Containing many Useful Secrets in Nature, for helping the Vegetation of Trees and Plants, and for fertilizing the most Stubborn Soils... Translated from The High-Dutch, with Remarks: and Adorned with Cuts. The whole Revised and Compared with the Original, together with a Preface, confirming this New Method, By RICHARD BRADLEY.

    London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay 1721. First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to…

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    London: P. Vaillant, and W. Mears and F. Clay 1721. First English edition, translated, with additions, by Richard Bradley. "This was the first treatise on cuttings and graftings, and it made Agricola famous." (Hunt 452). Georg Andreas Agricola was a German doctor from Regensburg whose discoveries regarding plant propagation aroused significant interest at the beginning of the eighteenth century. In a book entitled NEU- UND NIE ERHÖRTER DOCH IN DER NATUR UND VERNUNFFT WOHLGEGEGRÜNDETER VERSUCH DER UNIVERSAL VERMEHRUNG ALLER BÄUME, STAUDEN UND BLUMEN-GEWÄCHSE (1716-1717) he first published details of his methods, including the use of a plaster he called "vegetable mummy," to refute exaggerated claims made about his discoveries by another writer. Bradley prepared this English translation and added to it his own preface as well as a translation of the preface from the French edition. The text is illustrated with copies of the plates from the original German edition. These plates depict examples of the regenerative process described by Agricola along with the grafting techniques, tools and structures employed in the various operations. In publishing Agricola's discoveries in England Bradley was doing what he seemed to do best: publicizing the latest horticultural advances and theories at a moment close to their inception. Hunt 452; Henrey 411 Royal 4to (27 x 22 cm); (xxiv) + 300 + (iv) pp. + 22 plates (some folding) with 34 engravings.

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    Original full calf, blind-stamped on upper and lower covers, with raised bands and gilt ruling on spine; lettering to spine faded; outer hinges partially split and spine ends worn; two old small library stamps on edges of title page.

    Book ID: 14522
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  • CATALOGUE DES PLANTES DU JARDIN DE Mrs. LES APOTICAIRES DE PARIS. by (DESCEMET, Pierre)
    (DESCEMET, Pierre)
    CATALOGUE DES PLANTES DU JARDIN DE Mrs. LES APOTICAIRES DE PARIS. Suivant Leurs Genres & Les Caracteres Des Fleurs, Conformément A La Méthode De Monsieur Tournefort, Dans Ses Instituts.

    (Paris:) 1759. Second and enlarged edition of this complete catalogue of the plants growing in the Jardin Des Apothicaires in Paris. First published in 1741. In addition to being a major source of medicinal plants in the city, this important Parisian physic garden, whose origins dated to the late 16th century, was used extensively by medical students and botanists for the study of plants and herbs. The printed catalogue was compiled specifically as a guide for those students and was sold at the gardens for their use. The listings provide Latin and common (French) names classified according to the system of Tournefort then in use by the apothecaries . The entries include Latin and common names together with, in most…

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    (Paris:) 1759. Second and enlarged edition of this complete catalogue of the plants growing in the Jardin Des Apothicaires in Paris. First published in 1741. In addition to being a major source of medicinal plants in the city, this important Parisian physic garden, whose origins dated to the late 16th century, was used extensively by medical students and botanists for the study of plants and herbs. The printed catalogue was compiled specifically as a guide for those students and was sold at the gardens for their use. The listings provide Latin and common (French) names classified according to the system of Tournefort then in use by the apothecaries . The entries include Latin and common names together with, in most cases, citations of listings in earlier botanical works and brief notations regarding the primary medicinal properties of the listed plant. Jean Descemet, the famous Parisian physician, is often incorrectly cited as the author of this work. The correct attribution is to Pierre Descemet, who ran the gardens for many years before his death in( 1762 or 1763). His son, Jacques-Louis, succeeded him. (For a lengthy account of the gardens see: Constans, Martine, ed., JARDINER A PARIS AU TEMPS DES ROIS pp. 209-216). Pritzel 2168 incorrectly ascribing this to Jean; Cleveland 395 for the first edition of 1741. 8vo (18.3 x 11.7 cm); xxii + (ii) + 136 pp. with printer's ornaments.

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    Bound in full contemporary leather with decoratively gilt panels and gilt lettering piece on spine; corners and extremities scuffed, slight worming (half centimeter) to edge of upper cover; contemporary marbled endpapers; dated notations to title page, a pen inscription on verso bleeds through to title, title verso, and final text page before index; very old and faded damp-staining to gutter at upper margins of a few pages of the Preface, not affecting text; one text page loosened from sewing just at the upper gutter only.

    Book ID: 16438
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  • COLO. BEAUTIES (cover title). by (Pressed Flower Album) (Anonymous)
    (Pressed Flower Album) (Anonymous)
    COLO. BEAUTIES (cover title).

    (Colorado) n.d. ( ca. 1900 ). A very well preserved souvenir album of collected Colorado wild flowers bound in a hand-painted, ribbon-tied binding. Below each of the twelve preserved specimens the plant's popular name, botanical name and a reference (Torrey, Gray, etc) are hand-written in pen. We have seen similar, though not identical bindings for botanical collecting in Colorado, suggesting that these (blank) notebooks were available to tourists hiking the fields, meadows, etc. 19.2 x 10.7 cm; 12 leaves of heavy stock with mounted natural specimens and hand-written identifications on rectos only.

    Original hand-painted dark boards with ribbon ties, ties gently frayed, but intact; all edges gauffered and gilt; leaves with specimens fresh and clean, with only the occasional small segment of a specimen lacking.

    Book ID: 16154
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  • A voyage of discovery in nature
    JE FAIS MES JOUETS AVEC DES PLANTES. by (Children and Plants) L' INSTITUT BAKULÉ.
    (Children and Plants) L' INSTITUT BAKULÉ.
    JE FAIS MES JOUETS AVEC DES PLANTES. Créations des Enfants de L'INSTITUT BAKULÉ présentées par le Père Castor.

    Paris: Flammarion, 1933. First edition. With compositions by Ruda; one of the early "Albums du Père Castor", the artistically distinctive French children's books directed by Paul Faucher, an enthusiastic follower of the Czeck pedagogue Frontiske Bakulé. The text provides instructions for transforming objects such as acorns, fruits, bark and twigs into small persons, animals and other familiar objects. There are twelve full page plates showing what school children constructed from branches, pine cones, beans, roots, etc. Ultimately, whole scenes were created including some from the fables of La Fontaine. The children reading the book are encouraged to make a voyage of discovery in nature and to use the powers of their imagination. 28 x 24 cm; 28 p. with yellow…

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    Paris: Flammarion, 1933. First edition. With compositions by Ruda; one of the early "Albums du Père Castor", the artistically distinctive French children's books directed by Paul Faucher, an enthusiastic follower of the Czeck pedagogue Frontiske Bakulé. The text provides instructions for transforming objects such as acorns, fruits, bark and twigs into small persons, animals and other familiar objects. There are twelve full page plates showing what school children constructed from branches, pine cones, beans, roots, etc. Ultimately, whole scenes were created including some from the fables of La Fontaine. The children reading the book are encouraged to make a voyage of discovery in nature and to use the powers of their imagination. 28 x 24 cm; 28 p. with yellow printed boarders, including 12 full page plates of illustrations in color.

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    Original printed paper covers, some light scattered soiling, a bit heavier on lower cover; internally fresh and bright with one page only showing a bit of light scuffing; closed tear in margin only in one page; two tiny pin prinks on collophon; a small bump or impression that disappears mid-text; over all a very well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 16372
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  • LARGE FORMAT NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH HERBARIUM. by (Herbarium) (ARNOULD, L.M.)
    (Herbarium) (ARNOULD, L.M.)
    LARGE FORMAT NINETEENTH CENTURY FRENCH HERBARIUM.

    (France) ca. ca. 1850s. An attractive and generally well preserved collection of 70 mounted botanical specimens collected in France during the mid-nineteenth century. Many, though not all, of the specimens are accompanied by hand-written descriptive labels, including a few with extended notes (in one case extending to several pages). Some specimens appear to have been collected in the region around Paris, while others (including a few tropical plants) appear to have been cultivated and collected in the herborist's own garden. They are, for the most part, well preserved and attractively mounted. Folios, 4 paper fascicles, approximately 45 x 32 cm., with a total of 70 mounted plant specimen sheets, folded in half to protect the specimens, with the mounted specimens on leaves measuring 45 x 30 cm.

    Two later cloth-backed, marbled paper portfolios protecting four heavy grey paper fascicles; occasional damage to some of the more fragile specimens, but generally well preserved.

    Book ID: 15694
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  • DU MONT de COURSET.
    LE BOTANISTE CULTIVATEUR, Ou Description, Culture Et Usages De La Plus Grande Partie Des Plantes Étrangeres, Naturalisées et Indigènes, Cultivées En France, En Autriche, En Italie Et En Angleterre, Rangées Suivant La Méthode De Jussieu.

    Paris: Chez Deterville/Goujon 1811. Seconde Edition, "Entièrement Refondue Et Considerablement Augmentée." A massive catalogue resulting from the author's ambitious objective of compiling a complete list of all plants currently cultivated in France, Austria, Italy and England. In addition to its considerable enlargement, this edition also includes a folding plan of de Courset's own extensive botanical gardens near Boulogne. Extensive general observations take up most of the first volume, and the entries for each specific species and variety also include notes on cultivation and remarks on the best and most popular varieties for different purposes. A supplement volume (not present here) was also issued in 1814. Six volumes, 8vo (20.2 x 12.7 cm); viii + 562 (+ 1), 636 (+ 2),…

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    Paris: Chez Deterville/Goujon 1811. Seconde Edition, "Entièrement Refondue Et Considerablement Augmentée." A massive catalogue resulting from the author's ambitious objective of compiling a complete list of all plants currently cultivated in France, Austria, Italy and England. In addition to its considerable enlargement, this edition also includes a folding plan of de Courset's own extensive botanical gardens near Boulogne. Extensive general observations take up most of the first volume, and the entries for each specific species and variety also include notes on cultivation and remarks on the best and most popular varieties for different purposes. A supplement volume (not present here) was also issued in 1814. Six volumes, 8vo (20.2 x 12.7 cm); viii + 562 (+ 1), 636 (+ 2), (iv) + 552, (iv) + 632, (iv) + 567, iv + 631 pp. + 1 folding plan, 1 engraved plate and 2 folding tables.

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    Contemporary quarter sheep with marbled boards, lightly scuffed; occasional browning and foxing of text.

    Book ID: 13909
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  • MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, by BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    BUC'HOZ, P(ierre). J(oseph).
    MANUEL FLOREAL DES PLANTES, Ou Traité De Toutes Les Plantes Qui Peuvent Servir D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Les Orangeries, Les Serres Chaudes, Et Principalement Dans Les Parterres; Auquel On A Joint, En Forme De Supplément, une Notice Sur Celles Qui Se Cultivent Dans Les Grandes Indes, Pour La Beauté, Tant De Leurs Feuillages, Que De Leurs Fleurs; Une Dissertation Sur Les Plantes Des Environs De Paris, Qui Peuvent Servir Pareillement D'Ornement Dans Les Jardins, Et Une Autre Sur Les Plantes, Arbustes Et Arbrisseaux Propres A Faire Les Haies Et Clôtures Des Jardins Et Autres Enclos Champêtres.

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1800. First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants;…

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    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1800. First edition. Though not highly esteemed as a scientific botanist, Buc'hoz was an energetic naturalist and an indefatigable compiler of botanical fact who stands as one of the most prolific French writers on this subject during his day. The primary objectives in his most important works were comprehensiveness and utility. In the present volume he provides an annotated catalogue of all plants useful in ornamental gardening or for display in orangeries and greenhouses. Over a thousand different varieties are listed, nearly all of which are accompanied by commentary on their special qualities and use in gardens. The work is divided into two main parts: the first is a general listing of both domestic and exotic plants; the second confines itself to hardy plants native to the region around Paris. A final chapter is devoted specifically to plants useful in the creation of hedges and enclosures. 8vo (19.8 x 12 cm); 16 + 288 pp.

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    Contemporary full mottled sheep, scuffed and worn; lower corner of rear cover heavily worn into pasteboard; some foxing.

    Book ID: 14328
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