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  • THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE;
    THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE; And Yearbook Of Information On Practical Gardening.

    London: Houlston and Stoneman 1847. The second of five annual volumes of this illustrated monthly gardening periodical. The editorship and most of the articles are anonymous, although George Glenny is cited as the author of many of them, including a series of short monographs on individual flowers. The content is focused largely on garden flowers, with only an occasional article on fruits or trees. 8vo (25.7 x 16.5 cm); xvi + 576 pp. with occasional wood-engraved text illustrations + hand-colored lithograph frontispiece.

    Original gilt embossed decorative cloth; head and heel of spine lightly worn; color frontispiece and engraved title foxed.

    Book ID: 14755
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  • THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE;
    THE ANNALS OF HORTICULTURE; And Yearbook Of Information On Practical Gardening.

    London: Charles Cox 1848. The third of five annual volumes of this illustrated monthly gardening periodical. The editorship and most of the articles are anonymous, although George Glenny is cited as the author on many of them, including a series of short monographs on individual flowers. The content is focused largely on garden flowers, although this volume also includes a few articles relating to landscape design and garden architecture. There is also an attractive hand-colored floral frontispiece by James Andrews. 8vo (25.7 x 16.5 cm); xvi + 576 pp. with occasional wood-engraved text illustrations + hand-colored lithograph frontispiece.

    Original gilt embossed decorative cloth; spine extremities chipped and worn.

    Book ID: 14756
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  • THE GARDEN OF JAPAN by (Japanese Gardens) PIGGOTT, F.T.
    (Japanese Gardens) PIGGOTT, F.T.
    THE GARDEN OF JAPAN A Year's Diary Of Its Flowers

    London: George Allen 1892. First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme…

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    London: George Allen 1892. First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme with color decorative designs adapted from Japanese lacquer boxes, flower-types cast from Japanese models by Messrs. Clowes, etc. 4to (27.5 x 21.5 cm); (viii) + 60 + (11) pp. with colored designs on half title, title page and dedication page, numerous text decorations including reproductions of photos and sketches, 4 black and white full page reproductions from paintings and 2 full page color lithographed plates from sketches.

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    Original paper covered boards, gilt titling and printed decoration along upper edges, heavily soiled, including some ink staining and scuffing; original decorative endpapers, internally very good.

    Book ID: 16010
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  • THE PICTURE BOOK OF PEONIES. by (Peonies)
    (Peonies)
    THE PICTURE BOOK OF PEONIES.

    (Niigata): Niigata Prefecture, Japan, (ca. 1936). An oblong portfolio of 27 striking color printed plates measuring 25.2 x 38 centimeters, with each plate portraying 2 peonies (each flower approximately 11 x 12 centimeters). A brief text on the culture of Japanese tree peonies accompanies the plates, and there is an overslip with letterpress describing each flower. Niigata was a center for peonie cultivation and this book was undoubtedly issued to promote export trade to the west. Possibly Dorothy Graham's copy? ( author of CHINESE GARDENS). Oblong 4to, stabbed and tied (25.2 x 38 cm); (ii) + (ii) + 2 + (ii) pp. + 27 color plates with accompanying letterpress on overslips.

    Original printed cloth, stabbed and tied, boards slightly bumped and worn at corners; some splitting of cloth along spine edges; plates clean and bright. A very good copy.

    Book ID: 16026
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  • THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF SOUTH AMERICA, by LAWSON, George.
    LAWSON, George.
    THE ROYAL WATER-LILY OF SOUTH AMERICA, And The Water-Lilies Of Our Own Land: Their History And Cultivation.

    Edinburgh: James Hogg 1851. First and only edition; with a penned presentation inscription from "The Author" on flyleaf. In addition to describing indigenous British water lilies, Lawson presents a detailed account of the sensational Victoria Regia, first brought into flower successfully at Chatsworth in 1849. It is from this same stock that Caleb Cope and his gardener, Thomas Meehan, cultivated a plant which flowered in the United States in 1851 (see Bailey, STANDARD CYCLOPEDIA OF HORTICULTURE pp.3466-8). Two lovely color plates, one of Victoria Regia and another of the great white water-lily, illustrate the text. Pritzel 5101 12mo (17.4 x 10.5 cm); (iv) + iv + (9)-108 pp. + 2 chromolithographed plates.

    Original red cloth with gilt title and water lily design on upper cover, re-backed in red cloth with gilt spine lettering, extremities gently worn, corners bumped; a.e.g., original endpapers preserved; moderate foxing to plates and with pencilled notes throughout.

    Book ID: 15804
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  • TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DE DIFFÉRENTES FLEURS: by (GUERNEAU DE SAINT-PERAVI, JEAN-NICOLAS- MARCELLIN)
    (GUERNEAU DE SAINT-PERAVI, JEAN-NICOLAS- MARCELLIN)
    TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DE DIFFÉRENTES FLEURS: Des Narcisses, Des Girofliers, Des Tubereuses, Des Anémones, De La Jacinthe, Des Jonquilles, Des Iris, Des Lis & De Amaranthes.

    Paris: Chez Saugrain, jeune 1765. First edition. A scarce treatise of interest to florists and cultivators. Separate chapters are devoted to each of the nine popular flowers cited in the title. The author was born in Beauce and also wrote a book on taxation published in 1768. Musset-Pathay 1867. 12mo (16.5 x 9.8 cm); (iv) + 316 + (iv) pp.with decorative text ornaments.

    Contemporary mottled calf with gilt decorated spine panels and gilt lettering piece on spine, scuffed, chipped and worn at spine ends, older paper shelving label in bottom spine panel; marbled end papers, faint damping stain on small portion of upper margins of first chapter, contemporary ink margin note on one page.

    Book ID: 15884
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  • Erica, Azalea, Rhododendrum, Camellia...
    PAQUET, Victor.
    TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES PLANTES DE TERRE DE BRUYERE Et Généralement De Tous Les Végétaux De La Nature Des Genres ERICA, EPACRIS, AZALEA, RHODODENDRUM, CAMELLIA, KALMIA, ANDROMEDA, etc.

    Paris: Librairie Horticole de H. Cousin 1844. First edition. An uncommon handbook on the propagation of heath plants by seed, layering and cutting, for cultivation in temperate climates, in the orangerie and in the open heath. Pacquet, was a gardener, secretary of the Cercle général d'horticulture and editor of the JOURNAL D'HORTICULTURE PRATIQUE. Acknowledging Great Britain as the prolific source for heathers, Paquet proceeds to a descriptive list of over six hundred varieties, followed by chapters on cultivating varieties of azalea and rhododendrum. Chapters on older and newer varieties of camellias follow, with over 125 in a descriptive listing. The text concludes with kalmias and epicris. 12mo (17.6 x 10.6 cm); xx + 339 + (1) pp. + 4 pp. ads. with a small engraved text illustrations.

    Contemporary quarter art vellum back, marbled paper over boards, art vellum corners, some paper scraped away on lower cover; printed title label on spine, darkened with old ink stains, also on vellum; internally very good.

    Book ID: 16132
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  • TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES RENONCULES, DES OEILLETS, DES AURICULES, ET DES TULIPES. by (MOET, Jean Pierre, attributed to).
    (MOET, Jean Pierre, attributed to).
    TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES RENONCULES, DES OEILLETS, DES AURICULES, ET DES TULIPES.

    Paris: Chez Savoye 1754. First edition. This interesting early manual on the cultivation of ranunculi, pinks, auriculas and tulips is often erroneously attributed to the French Jesuit and authoritative fleuriste Jean Paul de Rome d'Ardène. That Ardène could not have been the author is clear from the comments he published in his own TRAITÉ DES TULIPES, first published six years later, where he attacks the contents of this work as plagiarisms "volés sans ménagement & sans honte." J.C.F Hoefer (NOUVELLE BIOGRAPHIE GÉNÉRALE) attributes the work to Jean Pierre Moèt (1721-1806), who published and translated works on a variety subjects, although this appears to be his only horticultural work. Like many similar works published in France during the 18th century, it…

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    Paris: Chez Savoye 1754. First edition. This interesting early manual on the cultivation of ranunculi, pinks, auriculas and tulips is often erroneously attributed to the French Jesuit and authoritative fleuriste Jean Paul de Rome d'Ardène. That Ardène could not have been the author is clear from the comments he published in his own TRAITÉ DES TULIPES, first published six years later, where he attacks the contents of this work as plagiarisms "volés sans ménagement & sans honte." J.C.F Hoefer (NOUVELLE BIOGRAPHIE GÉNÉRALE) attributes the work to Jean Pierre Moèt (1721-1806), who published and translated works on a variety subjects, although this appears to be his only horticultural work. Like many similar works published in France during the 18th century, it is mostly a compilation taken from the works of other writers, including, of course, Ardène. The latter's own TRAITÉ DES RENONCULES was published in 1746 and Moèt clearly "borrowed" from it heavily, thus provoking Ardène's attack. (Ardène, naturally, was himself sometimes also a borrower, but he usually acknowledged his sources and, in any case, wrote from a foundation of significant practical experience). However lacking in originality, this practical treatise appears to have sold well and been a popular success. Hunt 550 (attributed to Ardène). 12mo (16.2 x 9.6 cm); (ii)-xxxviii + 413 (ie 447) + 2 ff.

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    Contemporary mottled calf, worn; rear board stained and very worn at lower edge and corner; light dampstain affecting approximately the last 50 pages, primarily in inner margin.

    Book ID: 13340
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  • (Carnations) (ARDENE, Jean Paul de Rome d').
    TRAITÉ DES OEILLETS, Par L'Auteur De Traité Des Jacintes...

    Avignon: Chez Louis Chambeau 1762. Hunt 570: "a complete manual on the cultivation of carnations and pinks." Ardène, a priest and a botanist from Provence, was the most respected French authority on garden flowers of his day. He also published separate works on tulips, auriculas and ranunculi. This work on pinks is illustrated with fold-out engravings by Jean Aveline. This copy appears to resemble the Hunt copy in every respect except that the subtitle here refers to the TRAITÉ DES JACINTES, instead of the TRAITÉ DES RENONCULES, as in the Hunt copy. Hunt 570. 12mo (15.3 x 9 cm); lxii + 63-403 + (3) pp. + 3 fold-out copperplate engravings with impressions measuring 13.7 x 19.5 cm.

    Newly bound in half calf, marbled boards with original marbled paper wrappers (chipped) bound in.

    Book ID: 11029
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  • VOYAGE AUTOUR DE MON JARDIN. by KARR, Alphonse.
    KARR, Alphonse.
    VOYAGE AUTOUR DE MON JARDIN.

    Paris: L. Curmer; V. Lecou 1851. The first color illustrated edition of this classic garden meditation by the French novelist, journalist and floriculturist, Alphonse Karr. The text is composed as a series of letters to a friend whose departure for exotic travel has created in the narrator the urge to demonstrate that truly exotic traveling can be accomplished entirely within the carefully observed world of his garden. Thus we are introduced to keen observations of insect and flower life, to flower lore, themes of metamorphosis, much discussion of the major flowers (such as the rose and tulip), color in the garden and nature, the succession of flowers with the seasons, etc. "Les saisons qui se renouvellent sont les climats qui…

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    Paris: L. Curmer; V. Lecou 1851. The first color illustrated edition of this classic garden meditation by the French novelist, journalist and floriculturist, Alphonse Karr. The text is composed as a series of letters to a friend whose departure for exotic travel has created in the narrator the urge to demonstrate that truly exotic traveling can be accomplished entirely within the carefully observed world of his garden. Thus we are introduced to keen observations of insect and flower life, to flower lore, themes of metamorphosis, much discussion of the major flowers (such as the rose and tulip), color in the garden and nature, the succession of flowers with the seasons, etc. "Les saisons qui se renouvellent sont les climats qui voyagent et qui me viennent trouver. Vos longs voyages ne sont que des visites fatigantes que vous allez rendre au saisons..." There are many departures into memory and historical association, but all is based upon the life drama of the world underfoot in the garden. It is, in a way, a work of romantic ecology, scientifically informed, but directed by the beauty and passion of the observed garden. The wood engraved text illustrations and decorations are by noted artists of the period: MM. Freeman, L. Marvy, Steinheil, Meissonier, Gavarni, Daubigny and Catenacci. In this first edition with full page color plates there are also eight flowers depicted: rose, campanula, dipladenie noble, gardenia, fuchsia, azalea, camellia and lapagerie. The text, without the color plates, first appeared in 1845. Carteret III-325. Large 8vo (27 x 18 cm); half title and title page + 416 pp. with numerous wood-engraved text illustrations + 8 color plates with printed tissue guards.

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    In publisher's pebble grained cloth with leather spine divided into 5 compartments, gilt tooled with gilt titling, a.e.g., spine a bit sunned; text very fresh and bright, apart from some minor foxing to initial pages. Plates bright.

    Book ID: 15849
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