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  • DIE ARCHITECTURE DER HOCH-UND UNTERGRUNDBAHN IN BERLIN by (Subways, Berlin) WITTIG, Paul.
    (Subways, Berlin) WITTIG, Paul.
    DIE ARCHITECTURE DER HOCH-UND UNTERGRUNDBAHN IN BERLIN

    Berlin: Der Zirkel, 1922. A profusely illustrated monograph on the first Berlin subway system, now referred to as the "U-Bahn." The system, which ran above and below ground, was built and operated by a private company, which inaugurated service in 1902 and continued until its sale to the city in 1929. Paul Wittig, who began his career as an architect, lead the company during this entire period. The first phase of development took place between 1897 and 1913. Wittig commissioned several architects for different parts of the system, but the Swedish architect Alfred Grenander was responsible for most of the notable design work. Grenader was employed on all types of structures, working predominantly in a Jugendstil fashion, although some neo-classical…

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    Berlin: Der Zirkel, 1922. A profusely illustrated monograph on the first Berlin subway system, now referred to as the "U-Bahn." The system, which ran above and below ground, was built and operated by a private company, which inaugurated service in 1902 and continued until its sale to the city in 1929. Paul Wittig, who began his career as an architect, lead the company during this entire period. The first phase of development took place between 1897 and 1913. Wittig commissioned several architects for different parts of the system, but the Swedish architect Alfred Grenander was responsible for most of the notable design work. Grenader was employed on all types of structures, working predominantly in a Jugendstil fashion, although some neo-classical designs were also included. Wittig's massive and luxurious monograph celebrates the impressive accomplishments of the first phase of development at the point where work was about to resume again, but under much greater financial restraint. It provides impressive documentation of one of the most architecturally ambitious European public works projects of the early twentieth century. Scarce, OCLC locates only 8 copies, of which 4 in Germany and 3 in North America (Huntington, Michigan and Art Institute of Chicago). Folio (45 x 33 cm); 8 ff. + 26 + (2) + (4) + (5) +(4) + (4) + (5) + (4) + (3) + (2) pp. with text illustrations + 68 plates.

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    Original printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, worn; board edges repaired with heavy cloth tape; occasional light smudges in margins.

    Book ID: 16203
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  • A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. by Laurence, John.
    Laurence, John.
    A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. Being A Complete Body of Husbandry and Gardening In all the Parts of them. Viz. Husbandry in the FIELD, And Its Several Improvements...In FIVE BOOKS...

    London: for Tho. Woodward, 1726. First edition. Laurence's "most ambitious literary project..." (Henrey p. 421). With a handsome etched frontispiece by van de Gucht showing the Prince of Wales's Richmond Lodge or Ormonde Lodge. The work is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline to George II, who would eventually improve Richmond Lodge with Charles Bridgeman.. The lodge no longer exists. (Henrey,p. 421 ). Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence), who bears the distinction of having written the first original eighteenth century treatise on gardening, THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION, 1714, was rector at Yelverton in Northhamptonshire where he turned an unpromising patch into a thriving fruit garden over the course of 20 years. The first book in this ambitious work concerns…

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    London: for Tho. Woodward, 1726. First edition. Laurence's "most ambitious literary project..." (Henrey p. 421). With a handsome etched frontispiece by van de Gucht showing the Prince of Wales's Richmond Lodge or Ormonde Lodge. The work is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline to George II, who would eventually improve Richmond Lodge with Charles Bridgeman.. The lodge no longer exists. (Henrey,p. 421 ). Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence), who bears the distinction of having written the first original eighteenth century treatise on gardening, THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION, 1714, was rector at Yelverton in Northhamptonshire where he turned an unpromising patch into a thriving fruit garden over the course of 20 years. The first book in this ambitious work concerns every aspect of agriculture from dung to brickmaking. Book II describes the characteristics and uses of a great variety of forest trees, timber trees, evergreens and flowering shrubs, all suitable for growing in England without "housing". Book Three is about the subject for which the author is perhaps best known, fruit culture. Book IV : the kitchen garden. Book V is devoted to the flower garden and includes "A complete catalogue of Flowers great and small perannual (sic) or annual, usually known or propagated in England, either in the naked Ground or Hotbed." With seven engraved printer's ornaments by Francis Hoffman. Henrey 945; Hunt 466; Johnson, A HISTORY OF ENGLISH GARDENING p. 156. Folio ( 34.4 x 21.2 cm); (xxiv) + 456 (i.e. 452) pp. + etched frontispiece + 2 copperplate engravings (with 3 impressions); with 7 engraved printer's ornaments by F. Hoffman.

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    Original full leather boards with double gilt ruling, very skillfully rebacked in full leather with gilt ruled raised bands and what is probably the original gilt-lettered title piece; original front pastedown preserved with two bookplates (Hare of Docking, Esq. and L.K. Elmhurst); free endpaper and following blank recent and well-matched; much faded old damp-staining (washed?) appearing in upper margins of some pages, only occasionally appearing in text, at rear pages. The name Charles Martin written in faded ink on title page. A well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 16219
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  • HISTOIRE GÉNÉRALE DES JARDINS. by (Flanders and Lille, Gardens) HOCQUETTE, Maurice.
    (Flanders and Lille, Gardens) HOCQUETTE, Maurice.
    HISTOIRE GÉNÉRALE DES JARDINS. Jardins Flamands Et Lillois.

    Lille: Bibliothèque Universitaire 1951. A survey history of European garden design, with particular focus on the garden history of Flanders and Lille, and the foreign influences on the development of gardens there. A substantial bibliography is included. 8vo (25 x 16.5 cm); 161 pp. + 20 half-tone plates with 2 ilustrations each from reproductions of older prints and paintings.

    Original printed paper wrappers; covers darkened around borders. Ink presentation inscription on front fly leaf.

    Book ID: 16343
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  • CONSIDÉRATIONS SUR LES PLANTATIONS DANS LES VILLES ET EN PARTICULIER DANS LA VILLE DE MARSEILLE. by (Urban tree planting, Marseilles) MICHÉL, M. (Jean-Pierre-Antoine), de St Maurice.
    (Urban tree planting, Marseilles) MICHÉL, M. (Jean-Pierre-Antoine), de St Maurice.
    CONSIDÉRATIONS SUR LES PLANTATIONS DANS LES VILLES ET EN PARTICULIER DANS LA VILLE DE MARSEILLE.

    Marseille: 1861. Michel was Inspector des Plantations of Marseilles. He begins his report by recounting what had been the deplorable state of the trees in the planted boulevards and squares of Marseilles in 1843. Next he provides a current inventory of both old and new trees in these places throughout the city. The bulk of his text addresses the preparation of soil, the factors involved in choice of trees planted and their maintainence. Michel's text is an extract from Répertoire des travaux de la Société de statistique de Marseille. A brief 9 page report on his work follows his conclusion. OCLC locates 3 copies (Bibliothèque Nationale, British Library, Harvard). 8vo (21 x 13.8 cm); 47 pp.

    Original paper covers printed on upper cover, light soiling and shelf wear, lower portion of spine paper separating, but sewing firm; with glassine overwraps.

    Book ID: 16350
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  • LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, by (BETZ) CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    (BETZ) CÉRUTTI, Joseph Antoine.
    LES JARDINS DE BETZ, POÈME, Accompagné de Notes instructives sur les travaux champêtres, sur les arts, les lois, les révolutions, la noblesse, le clergé, etc.; Fait En 1785 Par M. Cérutti, Et Publié en 1792 Par M. ****,

    Paris: chez Desenne, Janvier 1792. The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication,…

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    Paris: chez Desenne, Janvier 1792. The gardens at Betz were built by Marie-Catherine Brignolé, princess of Monaco, between 1780 and 1789. They formed an important parc à fabriques, created at least partly by a collaboration of Hubert Robert and the duc d'Harcourt. Cérutti visited the gardens in 1785 and composed this poem while there to recite as an entertainment for his host and fellow guests. It narrates a promenade through the park in the course of which each of its many picturesque fabriques and features is carefully described. It is easily the most detailed and complete contemporary account of this important jardin anglais, which was abandoned during the Revolution and later lost to neglect. Though not originally written for publication, the poem was eventually published shortly before the author's death together with the extensive footnotes on the gardens which more than double the text. The present copy is marked as "Seconde Édition," although its imprint gives a date of January 1792, the same date as the first. Ganay 538. 8vo (19.4 x 12.5 cm); 72 pp. including three pages listing Cerutti's other publications.

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    Recently bound in marbled paper over boards with gilt leather titling piece on spine; recent endpapers; rubber stamp at bottom of final page of ads; some browning to text.

    Book ID: 16033
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  • EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS. by (Cut Paper Flower Collages)
    (Cut Paper Flower Collages)
    EXQUISITE PRESENTATION ALBUM WITH TEN DELICATE CUT PAPER FLOWER DESIGNS.

    (France), Juin 1848. A lovely album preserving ten delicate and meticulously prepared cut paper flowers. The album is inscribed on the front fly leaf "Souvenir à Mlle. Heloise Bigaud / Hector de D. Juin 1848" and was almost certainly specially prepared as a gift of friendship (or courtship). The front cover displays the gilt initials "H. B." in gothic letters framed within a decorative gilt border. The flowers themselves are cut from various multi-colored papers. The minute detail and perfect composition of several of these flower "collages" make these exceptional examples of this popular genre. Folio (40 x 28.5 cm); 10 cut paper flowers pasted inside folded sheets of paper and mounted on larger album leaves + two additional chromolithographed illustrations of flower bouquets.

    Contemporary and original gilt-embossed cloth with decorative leather spine; occasional very minor and inevitable damage to the fragile cut paper designs, but still very well preserved.

    Book ID: 15671
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  • A signed presentation copy
    JARDINS. by FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    FORESTIER, J(ean). C(laude). N(icolas).
    JARDINS. Carnet de plans et de dessins.

    Paris: Emile-PAULE, 1920.. First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. "(Forestier's) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book "Jardins"." (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in "Jean C.N. Forestier", LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches…

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    Paris: Emile-PAULE, 1920.. First edition, presentation copy to Gordon Knox, signed by Forestier. "(Forestier's) friends noted his talents and asked him to design their grounds, and as a preparatory study for this he planned seventeen imaginary gardens, which later formed the central portion of his book "Jardins"." (Fox, Helen Morgenthau. in "Jean C.N. Forestier", LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, 1930, pp. 93). Forestier was Conservateur of the Paris parks, city planner, designer of modern gardens, such as the rose and iris gardens at Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, and authority on the design of Spanish and Arabic gardens. In JARDINS, Forestier went beyond the imaginary gardens proposed for friends to cover details of his approach to terraces, lawns, stairs, fountains, bassins, benches and tilework. A long list of his recommendations for best roses is included. Additionally, he offers illustration and commentary on gardens that made his fame: that of Joseph Guy at Beziers; of Montjuich at the Barcelona exposition; and of La Casa Del Rey Moro in Andalousia. "In his designs, plants partially erase, rather than reinforce, the rigor of the plan. This play between the grace of the vine and the strict line of the post situated Forestier precisely at the juncture of the jardin à la française and the cubist/modernist garden." (Imbert, THE MODERNIST GARDEN IN FRANCE, p. 25) Small folio (32.5 x 25.2 cm); 240 unnumbered pp., profusely illustrated from drawings and plans, full page and in text.

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    Original paper wraps with title printed on upper cover, illustration or design on upper and lower covers; covers darkened and soiled; final few pages lightly soiled at margins.

    Book ID: 16158
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  • LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, by (GENTIL, Francois).
    (GENTIL, Francois).
    LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, Ou Dialogues Entre un Curieux & un Jardinier Solitaire. Contenant la methode de faire & de cultiver un Jardin Fruitier & Potager; & plusieurs experiences nouvelles... Augmentée de plusieurs Chapitres, dont il est fait à la fin de la Preface, & d'un Catalogue des plus excellens Fruits, les plus rares & les plus estimés, qui se cultivent dans les Pepinières des RR. PP. Chartreux à Paris.

    Paris, Et se vend A Bruxelles: Chez George Fricx 1749. This Brussels edition of what was the most popular pomological manual of the early 18th century is of particular interest because it includes, as an appendix, a reprint of the catalogue of fruit trees available from the nurseries of the Carthusian monks of Paris. During the 18th century the Pères Chartreux operated what was easily the largest nursery in Europe and supplied orchards across the continent with the best proven varieties of fruit. François Gentil, the anonymous author of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, was a Carthusian lay brother who ran the nurseries for 30 years. His book was first published by Rigaud in 1704 and went through numerous French editions in…

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    Paris, Et se vend A Bruxelles: Chez George Fricx 1749. This Brussels edition of what was the most popular pomological manual of the early 18th century is of particular interest because it includes, as an appendix, a reprint of the catalogue of fruit trees available from the nurseries of the Carthusian monks of Paris. During the 18th century the Pères Chartreux operated what was easily the largest nursery in Europe and supplied orchards across the continent with the best proven varieties of fruit. François Gentil, the anonymous author of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE, was a Carthusian lay brother who ran the nurseries for 30 years. His book was first published by Rigaud in 1704 and went through numerous French editions in addition to popular translations into English and German. The present edition appears to be based on the significantly enlarged fourth edition, which first appeared in Paris in 1712. However, none of the numerous editions published in Paris includes the nursery catalogue which is present here. The Chartreux in Paris are known to have issued at least five such catalogues before their dissolution during the French Revolution. The earliest of these that we can trace is dated 1736, and it is probably the text from this catalogue which has been reproduced here. (Fricx published an earlier edition of LE JARDINIER SOLITAIRE in 1737 which also includes a Chartreux catalogue. The present edition is in all likelihood a reprint of that text). These catalogues, all of which are rare, represent important documentation on the available fruit varieties in Europe during the 18th century. They also included notes on the characteristics and seasons for each fruit, and would have been an extremely useful reference for the fruit growers of the period. It is thus understandable that Fricx would have recognized the value of using the text from the 1736 catalogue - the most reliable description of fruit varieties of its day - as an addition to his own reprint of Gentil. We can locate no other editions of Gentil, besides the two Brussels editions of 1737 and 1749, which include a Chartreux catalogue. Plesch pg. 235 (1773 ed.). 16mo (16.6 x 10 cm); iii - xvi + 316 pp.

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    Contemporary full leather gilt panelled spine, with raised bands, gilt lettered morocco title piece; spine and corners skillfully restored; front inner hinge has old masking tape repair, rear inner hinge has residue from removal of tape; half-title lacking.

    Book ID: 14765
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  • DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, by LALOS, J.
    LALOS, J.
    DE LA COMPOSITION DES PARCS ET JARDINS PITTORESQUES, Ouvrage Utile et Instructive Pour Les Proprietaires et Les Amateurs, et ...

    Paris: chez l'auteur et Le Normant, Pelicier 1817. First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes…

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    Paris: chez l'auteur et Le Normant, Pelicier 1817. First edition of a popular early 19th century French work on bourgeois villa gardens. Lalos, who identifies himself as an architect on the title page, succeeded with 5 editions of this work describing, in varying degrees of detail, numerous parks or gardens in various departments of France where he wholly or partly contributed to the creation. His work preceded that of Thouin, but, as Michel Conan has pointed out, depended almost entirely on the theoretical work of René Louis Girardin. "This was clearly a book of aesthetic theory aimed at potential patrons. In this respect, the fact that it was republished five times may be taken as an indication of garden tastes among landowners from 1817 to 1832, many of whom belonged to the bourgeoisie." (Michel Conan in HUNT, J.D. AND CONAN, Michel, TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN FRENCH GARDEN ART, p. 168.) The engraved plates show an artificial waterfall, a plan of the cascades and the lake of Lamotte, a section of a cascade and a plan of the pond of the park at Liverdy. Ganay 184. 8vo (19 x 12.5 cm); viii + 216 pp. + 4 folding engraved plates including two plans.

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    Contemporary quarter leather with leather corners, marbled paper over boards, spine edges scraped, but hinges still firm, gilt tooled partially raised bands, gilt lettered pink leather title piece on spine; marbled endpapers, previous owner's bookplate on front paste-down; small tear repaired near gutter of larger plan with no loss of image.

    Book ID: 16042
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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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  • DICTIONNAIRE HISTORIQUE ET ARTISTIQUE DE LA ROSE. by (Roses) BELMONT, Abel.
    (Roses) BELMONT, Abel.
    DICTIONNAIRE HISTORIQUE ET ARTISTIQUE DE LA ROSE. Contenant Un Résumé De L'Histoire De La Rose Chez Tous Les Peuples Anciens Et Modernes; Ses Propriétés, Ses Vertus, Etc.

    Melun: E. Drosne, Imprimeur Breveté 1896. First book edition (previously published as a series in the JOURNAL DES ROSES from 1893 to 1896). This "dictionary" is more properly described as a compilation of diverse entries relating to the rose's history, traditions, stories and legends, origins, characteristics, ceremonial and decorative uses, etc. It serves as a work of plant lore with far-ranging entries on subjects as diverse as ceramics (including a four page treatment of the use of the rose image in pottery, etc.) sorcery, Napoleon and numerous other historical figures and similar diverse topics. Stock 115. 8vo (22.1 x 14.2 cm); (vi) + 207 + (v) pp.

    Original pink paper wrappers, slight yellowing from age; text largely unopened; minor little tear to lower rear free endpaper, but a fine copy.

    Book ID: 16280
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  • With 25 Color Plates
    IRIS KAEMPFERI. by (Trade catalogue - Iris) YOKOHAMA NURSERY CO., LTD. (YOKOHAMA UEKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, corp. title).
    (Trade catalogue - Iris) YOKOHAMA NURSERY CO., LTD. (YOKOHAMA UEKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, corp. title).
    IRIS KAEMPFERI. 25 Choice Var.

    Yokohama: The Yokohama Nursery Co., Ltd., n.d., ca. 1890-1900. . A tall and beautifully preserved color lithographed horticultural catalogue from the Yokohama Nursery Company, justly famous for the attractiveness of its publications. " The Yokohama Nursey Company catalogues from the mid-1890s through the mid-1920s are impressive documents, written in English and beautifully illustrated with colored plates, line drawings, and photographs of classic Japanese plants." (ARNOLDIA 64/2-3, Del Tredici. "From Temple To Terrace"p. 4) There are 25 varieties of iris illustrated with two varieties per page 12 large plates and one large specimen alone on one plate, all of them shown in full flower with some foliage. The flower colours include shades of white, blue, pink and purple with touches of…

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    Yokohama: The Yokohama Nursery Co., Ltd., n.d., ca. 1890-1900. . A tall and beautifully preserved color lithographed horticultural catalogue from the Yokohama Nursery Company, justly famous for the attractiveness of its publications. " The Yokohama Nursey Company catalogues from the mid-1890s through the mid-1920s are impressive documents, written in English and beautifully illustrated with colored plates, line drawings, and photographs of classic Japanese plants." (ARNOLDIA 64/2-3, Del Tredici. "From Temple To Terrace"p. 4) There are 25 varieties of iris illustrated with two varieties per page 12 large plates and one large specimen alone on one plate, all of them shown in full flower with some foliage. The flower colours include shades of white, blue, pink and purple with touches of yellow printed against a pale green background. Varieties include: Zama-no-mori; Yedo-jiman and Kumo-no-obi; Wase-banri and Kyodaisan; Shokko-nishiki and Toru-odori; Koki-no-iro and Sano-watashi;Chosei-den and Aoigata; Nishiki-no-shitone and Bondai-no-nami; Hana-aoi and Uji-no-sato; Okubonri and TaiKeirobu; Hatsushimo and Gosetsu-no-mai; Shirataki and Kuma-funjin; Datedogu and Sofu-no-koi; Kurokumo and Idznmigawa. The only trace of previous ownership is an occasional small pencilled "x" next to the printed name of a variety. Folio (17.5 x 29 cm); 13 color lithographed plates, 17.5 x 29 cm, printed on rectos only.

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    Bound in iris paper with purple yarn ties; in about fine condition, with only slight fading to ties and very minimal shelfwear at extremities.

    Book ID: 16153
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  • ÉLÉMENS DE PERSPECTIVE PRATIQUE, A L'USAGE DES ARTISTES, by VALENCIENNES, Pierre Henri de.
    VALENCIENNES, Pierre Henri de.
    ÉLÉMENS DE PERSPECTIVE PRATIQUE, A L'USAGE DES ARTISTES, Suivis De Réflexions et Conseils à un Elève sur la Peinture, et particulièrement sur le genre du Paysage.

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, An VIII (1800). First edition. A student of Joseph Vernet, influenced by Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, Valenciennes was the most prominent French historical landscape painter of his day as well as being an original and influential theorist on the art of landscape painting. "In the late 18th century, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes changed the tide for landscape painting in France. Like Poussin, he saw landscape painting as worthy of the status of history painting and worked to convince the Academy and his contemporaries. In 1800 he published a groundbreaking book on landscape painting, Elémens de perspective practique. The book emphasized the aesthetic ideal of the 'historic landscape,' which must be based on the study of real nature.…

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    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, An VIII (1800). First edition. A student of Joseph Vernet, influenced by Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, Valenciennes was the most prominent French historical landscape painter of his day as well as being an original and influential theorist on the art of landscape painting. "In the late 18th century, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes changed the tide for landscape painting in France. Like Poussin, he saw landscape painting as worthy of the status of history painting and worked to convince the Academy and his contemporaries. In 1800 he published a groundbreaking book on landscape painting, Elémens de perspective practique. The book emphasized the aesthetic ideal of the 'historic landscape,' which must be based on the study of real nature. The success of the book pushed the Academy to create a prize for 'historic landscape' in 1817. The next generation of French landscape painters would benefit greatly from Valenciennes' efforts." ["Brief History of the Landscape Genre," www.getty.edu]. Of particular importance in his treatise is its final chapter, devoted entirely to garden design. Valenciennes considered the landscape painter to be uniquely qualified for the design of gardens, and provides precepts to follow in creating them. His insistence on Nature as the primary model for landscape painting is echoed in his views on landscape gardening. The alignment or trimming of trees is completely rejected. The importance of respecting the requirements and opportunities of the individual site is continually stressed. Italian gardens are singled out for their picturesque qualities (Valenciennes spent much time there) and English gardens are also considered, though not without some criticism. Even such French picturesque gardens as the Petit Trianon, Bagatelle and the Désert de Retz are faulted, but with the allowance that with complete neglect and the passage of time they might arrive at a suitable imitation of Nature. Ermenonville, however, is regularly singled out for praise and seems to stand as the perfect example of the type of garden Valenciennes attempted to promote. 4to (25.7 x 20 cm); (ii) + xxxii + 644 + xii pp. + 36 folding engraved plates.

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    Recased in later quarter vellum with glazed marbled boards; minor repairs at board edges; title written in ink on spine; marginal damp stain on last 12 plates, barely touching image on 6 of them.

    Book ID: 15693
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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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  • FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, by (AUDOT, Louis E. ed.)
    (AUDOT, Louis E. ed.)
    FIGURES POUR L'ALMANACH DU BON JARDINIER, Représentant Les Utensiles Les Plus Généralement Employés Dan La Culture Des Jardins...

    Paris: Audot, n.d. (ca. 1820). Second, enlarged edition of the FIGURES, a supplementary and complementary volume to the essential early French gardening almanach, LE BON JARDINIER, which began publication in 1755 and is still being published today. The 30 plates depict botanical subjects, such as roots, leaves, flowers and fruits, horticultural practices, such as grafts and propagation by cuttings and layering, and, of particular interest, a variety of garden tools or utensils such as cloches, spades, water pots, rakes, shovels, a fruit picker, etc. 12mo (17.8 x 10 cm); 37 pp. + 30 engraved plates.

    Contemporary marbled paper over boards, with paper spine label, lightly soiled and, also chipped; occasional foxing.

    Book ID: 14402
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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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  • (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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  • (CHURCH, Thomas D. And Associates)
    ELEVATION, SECTION AND PLAN FOR A POOL LANAI.

    San Francisco: 1957. A "blue-line" plan for a lattice work lanai structure to be built near the existing pool of Mr. & Mrs. Dickson Pierce in Hillsborough, California. The plan, dated 10 June, 1957, was prepared by Thomas D. Church And Associates. It is signed as drawn by "K". Folded sheet (65 x 100 cm).

    Three horizontal and three vertical folds; some fading along exposed edges.

    Book ID: 15224
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  • PARCS ET JARDINS. by DE CÉRIS, A.
    DE CÉRIS, A.
    PARCS ET JARDINS.

    Paris: Librairie Agricole De La Maison Rustique (1867). A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc. 8vo (18.8 x 10.9 cm); 142 pp.…

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    Paris: Librairie Agricole De La Maison Rustique (1867). A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc. 8vo (18.8 x 10.9 cm); 142 pp. with engraved text figures from drawings and diagrams.

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    Original printed paper covers with engraved vignette on upper cover; spine ends chipped, affecting spine lettering; scattered light to heavy foxing in text; in appendix of publisher's ads, small tear to lower margin slightly affecting a bit of text.

    Book ID: 15951
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