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  • (Florist's Receipt)
    PETIT, FLEURISTE-BOTANISTE, ENTREPRENEUR DE JARDINS BOURGEOIS.

    Paris: Au Cycas Revoluta, Boulevard des Italiens, No. 2, près les passage de l'Opéra. 1834. A well preserved early receipt from a Parisian florist with letterpress description of the firm's stock and penned notations showing details of a sale. At his shop called "Au Cycas Revoluta," Petit sold roses, peonies, plants for the orangery etc. He also rented plants for balls and soirées, and made up all sorts of bouquets. His nursery was located rue de Jessaints, No. 9, barrière St-Denis. On this invoice he has indicated in pen that he has sold 3 bouquets, 4 flowering plants and 24 "caisses" or flats for a total of 27 francs. With his signature. Single sheet folded three times, 18,7 x 11.5,…

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    Paris: Au Cycas Revoluta, Boulevard des Italiens, No. 2, près les passage de l'Opéra. 1834. A well preserved early receipt from a Parisian florist with letterpress description of the firm's stock and penned notations showing details of a sale. At his shop called "Au Cycas Revoluta," Petit sold roses, peonies, plants for the orangery etc. He also rented plants for balls and soirées, and made up all sorts of bouquets. His nursery was located rue de Jessaints, No. 9, barrière St-Denis. On this invoice he has indicated in pen that he has sold 3 bouquets, 4 flowering plants and 24 "caisses" or flats for a total of 27 francs. With his signature. Single sheet folded three times, 18,7 x 11.5, with decorative printed border around merchant information.

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    In fine condition.

    Book ID: 15811
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  • PRACTICAL CAMELLIA CULTURE: by HALLIDAY, Robert J.
    HALLIDAY, Robert J.
    PRACTICAL CAMELLIA CULTURE: A Treatise On The Propagation And Culture Of The Camellia Japonica.

    Baltimore: (The Author) 1880. First edition of the first book on the camellia written by an American. Halliday was a nurseryman and florist located in Baltimore. He was a dedicated proponent of camellia propagation from cuttings, a practice which at that time was less common than grafting. He gives detailed instructions for all stages of development and includes several instructive text illustrations as well as five color plates. Halliday's advice was particularly directed to commercial growers, with much attention paid to issues such as market prices and the profitablilty of different methods of cultivation. He was also a partisan of the alba plena variety, and offers much of his advice specifically for that plant. 12mo (19.2 x 12 cm); 142…

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    Baltimore: (The Author) 1880. First edition of the first book on the camellia written by an American. Halliday was a nurseryman and florist located in Baltimore. He was a dedicated proponent of camellia propagation from cuttings, a practice which at that time was less common than grafting. He gives detailed instructions for all stages of development and includes several instructive text illustrations as well as five color plates. Halliday's advice was particularly directed to commercial growers, with much attention paid to issues such as market prices and the profitablilty of different methods of cultivation. He was also a partisan of the alba plena variety, and offers much of his advice specifically for that plant. 12mo (19.2 x 12 cm); 142 pp. with 43 wood-engraved text illustrations + 5 chromolithographed plates.

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    Original cloth with gilt camellia design on upper cover, gilt lettered spine, very slight wear to spine ends, corners gently bumped; original endpapers and publisher's announcement slip for the forthcoming PRACTICAL AZALEA CULTURE tipped in at front endpapers; 2 tissue guards removed; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 15863
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  • The first English work devotd wholly to alpines
    PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE CULTURE AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ALPINE OR ROCK PLANTS. by LOTHIAN, James.
    LOTHIAN, James.
    PRACTICAL HINTS ON THE CULTURE AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ALPINE OR ROCK PLANTS. To Which Is Also Appended A List Of Alpines, Ferns, Marsh, And Aquatic Plants, Etc., Etc.

    Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, n.d. (ca. 1845). Lothian was gardener to W. A. Campbell of Ormsary. This scarce volume, the first English work devoted wholly to alpine plants, appears to be his only published book. It begins with instructions for the location and construction of rockeries, ponds and bogs and the arrangement of plants in the rockery. A second section gives directions for cultivation and treatment, arranged by season, with separate discussion of "tenderer and rarer" plants, as well as advice on cultivation in Wardian cases. The appendix lists nearly 1000 varieties of recommended plants. The illustrations include two engraved plates showing rockery layouts and four hand-colored plates of plants. 12mo (16 x 10.2 cm); iii-xiv + 17-84 pp. +…

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    Edinburgh: W. H. Lizars, n.d. (ca. 1845). Lothian was gardener to W. A. Campbell of Ormsary. This scarce volume, the first English work devoted wholly to alpine plants, appears to be his only published book. It begins with instructions for the location and construction of rockeries, ponds and bogs and the arrangement of plants in the rockery. A second section gives directions for cultivation and treatment, arranged by season, with separate discussion of "tenderer and rarer" plants, as well as advice on cultivation in Wardian cases. The appendix lists nearly 1000 varieties of recommended plants. The illustrations include two engraved plates showing rockery layouts and four hand-colored plates of plants. 12mo (16 x 10.2 cm); iii-xiv + 17-84 pp. + decorative illustrated title and 6 plates (four colored).

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    Original embossed red cloth with gilt framed gilt title in center of upper cover, spine ends very slightly frayed; original end papers, early bookplate and small penned notation above older bookplate; a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16234
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  • J.C. Loudon's copy?
    PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FORMATION AND CULTURE OF THE TREE ROSE. by (Roses) (ANONYMOUS)
    (Roses) (ANONYMOUS)
    PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FORMATION AND CULTURE OF THE TREE ROSE.

    London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1828. First edition. The unidentified author of this little instruction manual acknowledges his indebtedness to a French pamphlet ( see Stock reference to Tarade, Alfred de, CULTURE DES ROSIERS ECUSSONES SUR EGLANTIERS ). This is a very detailed horticultural instruction manual which, in reprinting its 1830 second edition in 1844, the GARDENER'S CHRONICLE identified as "the best work on the cultivation of the tree rose..." (see Stock 2280 and 2281). d With a signature in pencil, "J.C. Loudon" on front flyleaf. Stock 2279 12mo (17.5 x 10 cm); xv + (i) + (1)-91 +(3) pp. with 24 text figures, decorative vignette on title page.

    Original two-toned paper over boards, soiled and edgeworn; original printed title label on spine partially preserved; some browning to text (from dampness?) and foxing commencing; boards ever so slightly warped; traces of pencil marks here and there, especially at back. Child's pencil drawing on the blank verso of one leaf.

    Book ID: 16151
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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 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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  • (California Horticulture)
    TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURE SOCIETY FOR THE YEAR 1888. Being A Report Of The Eighth Annual Meeting, Held At San José, Cal., January 24, 25 and 26, And Riverside Cal., February 7, 8 and 9, 1888. Together With A Full List Of Papers Read, With Accompanying Discussion. Also A Sketch Of The Overland Trip...

    Indianapolis: Carlon & Hollenbeck, Printers And Binders 1888. Among the papers reprinted are: "The Outlook Of American Grape Culture," by George Husmann; "Fruit Growing in Nevada," by Ross Lewers; "Thoughts On Forestry In California," by Robert Douglas; "Rare Fruits of the Santa Barbara Region," by H. C. Ford, and others on similar subjects. The appendix also includes a 112 page account, written by John Clark Ridpath, of the tour of California taken by members the Society traveling to and from the Annual meeting. 8vo (22.8 x 15 cm); 357 pp.

    Original cloth; light wear and spotting of covers.

    Book ID: 14900
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