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  • REY, A.-Augustin, Justin PIDOUX and Charles BARDE.
    LA SCIENCE DES PLANS DE VILLES. Ses Applications A La Construction, A L'Extension, A L'Hygiène, Et A La Beauté des Villes, Orientation Solaire Des Habitations.

    A comprehensive general study of modern city planning; scarce.

    Original printed paper wraps; minor wear and repair at top of backstrip.

    Book ID: 14335
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  • (Rheinsberg)
    (HENNERT, Carl Wilhelm).
    BESCHREIBUNG DES LUSTSCHLOSSES UND GARTENS SR. KÖNIGL. HOHEIT DES PRINZEN HEINRICHS, BRUDERS DES KÖNIGS, ZU REINSBERG. Wie auch der Stadt und der Gegend um dieselbe.

    Facsimile reprint of this 18th century guide book to the royal gardens at Rheinsberg located northwest of Berlin.

    Original paper-covered boards.

    Book ID: 15145
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  • (Roses)
    PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FORMATION AND CULTURE OF THE TREE ROSE. by (ANONYMOUS)
    (ANONYMOUS)
    PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FORMATION AND CULTURE OF THE TREE ROSE.

    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. J.C. Loudon’s copy? Stock 2279

    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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  • ROUSSEAU, Mme. Louise.
    L'ART DE CULTIVER LES FLEURS ET PLANTES D'APPARTEMENTS. Et De Les Faire Servir A La Décoration De L'Intérieur.

    A turn-of-the-century manual on floral decoration and floral arrangement for the private home. Various types of flowers and plants suitable to interior decoration and cultivation are discussed, along with appropriate vases, baskets, corsages, bouquets, etc. The decoration of windows and balconies is treated, as is the decoration of the table with seasonal fruits. Additionally, the choice of flowers and plants for different months of the year is noted, along with a choice of flowers to be used decoratively at religious feasts. A list of Parisian flower markets with their locations and days of operation is also included.

    Original printed paper covers, soiled, older paper label covered lower spine and interior corners of covers, scattered foxing to text.

    Book ID: 16117
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  • (Trade Catalogue - Decorative Iron Work)
    VAL D'OSNE, Société Anonyme Des Hauts-Fourneaux & Fonderies du.
    FONTES D'ART ET DE BATIMENT. BRONZES D'ART ET ACIERS MOULÉS.

    General illustrated catalogue from the most prominent French decorative iron foundry of the period. Of particular interest for the numerous examples of statuary, fountains, vases and other cast iron garden ornaments and furnishings which are illustrated by over 38 pages. The remainder of the catalogue is devoted to the full range of ornamental ironwork such as grills, columns, finials, staircase railings, moldings, mantels, lamp posts, crosses, religious statuary, etc. etc.

    Original paper wraps, soiled, joints weak; text paper somewhat browned, first signature starting a bit.

    Book ID: 15425
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  • (Trade Catalogue - Seed & Nursery)
    ARBRES FRUITIERS, ARBRES D'ORNEMENT, ARBUSTES ET ROSIERS by (Durand)
    (Durand)
    ARBRES FRUITIERS, ARBRES D'ORNEMENT, ARBUSTES ET ROSIERS Cultivées Chez Durand, Horticulteur, Dessinateur et Entrepreneur de Parcs et Jardins... Catalogue Descriptif Précédé D'Instructions Sur La Plantation, La Taille, Le Pincement, Le Tracé Et L'Exécution Des Parcs Et Jardins.

    Extensive nursery catalogue for this prominent firm, formerly Jamin et Durand, located in Bourg-la-Reine near Paris. Fruit trees make up the largest selection, but there are also 17 pages of roses and 44 pages with priced listings for other ornamental trees and shrubs. In addition to catalogue listings there is a substantial general text covering propagation, pruning and espalier training followed by a 10-page chapter on the layout of parks and gardens.

    Original paper wraps, soiled and worn; small corner of rear wrapper torn away; occassional pencil margin notes.

    Book ID: 15323
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  • THE PRINCE OF PALMS. by Treloar, W(illiam).P(urdie).
    Treloar, W(illiam).P(urdie).
    THE PRINCE OF PALMS.

    First edition thus. A very readable text on the nature, location, and rise of Cocos Nucifera - the Prince of Palms- as the foundation of the author’s family’s highly successful cocoanut fibre works, Messrs. Treloar & Sons. A “From Tree To Factory” story. With a handsome chromolithographed frontispiece reproducing a painting of the inflorescence of the cocoa nut palm and ripe nuts by the artist, Miss Fenn. OCLC lists 5 copies in the U.K.; 2 in Australia; 4 in the U.S.

    Original red cloth with gilt ruled frame on upper covers, gilt title and gilt stamped vignette on upper cover; cloth darkened at extremities and spine, slight wear and bumping to extremities; tissue guard to color frontispiece is lightly foxed, gently affecting title page but leaving the color frontispiece fresh and bright.

    Book ID: 16184
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  • VERA, André.
    L'HOMME ET LE JARDIN.

    First edition. Vera was a central figure in the development of modernist garden design in France. The present work is a history of gardens - particularly French gardens - from the Middle Ages to the present, with a particular interest in the moral and intellectual background for the gardens of each period. Concluding chapters express Vera's idealistic vision of gardens in post-war France.

    Original wraps; paper browning (as usual), tiny hole in front wrapper.

    Book ID: 15570
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  • (Vichy)
    FOURNIER Jeune, M.
    RAPPORT SUR LES PARCS ET JARDINS DE VICHY.

    A short descriptive account of the gardens of Vichy, France, written by the librarian of the horticultural society of Orleans after his recent visit there.

    Original printed paper wraps.

    Book ID: 15709
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  • (Wildflowers)
    (KNAPP, John Leonard.)
    COUNTRY RAMBLES IN ENGLAND Or Journal of a Naturalist; With Notes and Additions, By The Author of "Rural Hours."

    First American edition with Susan Fenimore Cooper's introduction and appendix. BAL 3963. With bright and charming American chromolithographed frontispiece and decorative title. The naturalist John Knapp's writing on the landscape, wild flowers, ancient trees, vegetation and birds of the southern counties of England is presented to American readers here by Cooper with a detailed appendix noting similarities or differences in the American landscape.

    Original blind and gilt -stamped cloth, lettering and landscape vignette on upper cover, decoratively gilt title on spine faded; scattered light foxing to text, but a well preserved copy.

    Book ID: 15779
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  • CHRISTOMANOS, Constantin.
    DAS ACHILLES-SCHLOSS AUF CORFU.

    The Villa Achilleion on the island of Corfu was built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1891. The house and its gardens were designed for her by Alexander von Warsberg, the Austrian consul in Corfu and one of the leading experts of his day on the history and art of ancient Greece. Achilleion, built upon a high mount with spectacular views of the Mediterranean, became for a short while an idyllic escape for the romantic and fanciful empress. Christomanos's effusive text describing the villa is accompanied by photographs of the house, gardens, interiors and extensive collection of statuary.

    Original cloth-backed, paper covered boards with photochrome illustration on upper cover, design on lower cover; a fine copy in browned glassine and lightly soiled original slipcase with printed label "Emballage zu Das Achilles-Schloss auf Corfu."

    Book ID: 16382
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  • (Children and Plants)
    JE FAIS MES JOUETS AVEC DES PLANTES. by L’ INSTITUT BAKULÉ.
    L’ INSTITUT BAKULÉ.
    JE FAIS MES JOUETS AVEC DES PLANTES. Créations des Enfants de L’INSTITUT BAKULÉ présentées par le Père Castor.

    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. A voyage of discovery in nature

    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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  • FIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM EAST LAMBROOK MANOR. by FISH, Margery.
    FISH, Margery.
    FIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM EAST LAMBROOK MANOR.

    “Margery Fish and Vita Sackville-West were their own head gardeners... their great accomplishment as garden writers was to make the English cottage-garden style a design paradigm for gardeners whose properties were only somewhat larger than those of the cottagers of old.” (ROGERS, Elizabeth Barlow. WRITING THE GARDEN p. 176.) Each of the cards offered here from Fish shows a scene, photographed or drawn, from her famous Somerset garden or cottage, East Lambrook Manor. Two of the photographs are identified as being from the publication, “ The Field”. One is from a wood engraving by D.P. Fishur. In one card Fish writes a note telling the recipient that she is at work on a new book, COTTAGE GARDENS. She says here,…

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    “Margery Fish and Vita Sackville-West were their own head gardeners... their great accomplishment as garden writers was to make the English cottage-garden style a design paradigm for gardeners whose properties were only somewhat larger than those of the cottagers of old.” (ROGERS, Elizabeth Barlow. WRITING THE GARDEN p. 176.) Each of the cards offered here from Fish shows a scene, photographed or drawn, from her famous Somerset garden or cottage, East Lambrook Manor. Two of the photographs are identified as being from the publication, “ The Field”. One is from a wood engraving by D.P. Fishur. In one card Fish writes a note telling the recipient that she is at work on a new book, COTTAGE GARDENS. She says here, “ I want to illustrate it with typical cottage gardens - small, packed and picturesque.” “Cottage gardens - small, packed, and picturesque.”

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    In very good condition.

    Book ID: 16399
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  • (Roses)
    OBSERVATIONS SUR LA NOMENCLATURE ET LE CLASSEMENT DES ROSES, by VIBERT, J.-P.
    VIBERT, J.-P.
    OBSERVATIONS SUR LA NOMENCLATURE ET LE CLASSEMENT DES ROSES, Suivies Du Catalogue de Celles Cultivées Par J.-P. Vibert at Saint-Denis...

    The nurseryman Jean-Pierre Vibert was “le grand rosiériste de la première moitié du XIX siècle... Ces catalogues constituent une source précieuse pour la connaissance des anciennes ‘Roses de France’” (François Joyaux. LA ROSE DE FRANCE, pages 123 and 125). Jean- Pierre Vibert first published his OBSERVATIONS SUR LA NOMENCLATURE ET LE CLASSEMENT DES ROSES, including a catalogue of roses, in 1819. It went into at least eleven editions, but, the catalogue of roses published with it would be altered each year. In this copy roses added in 1830 are included; roses that did not sell well were also removed. The roses are identified by name, inventory number, type, price, color and nuance, and the date of first entrance” into commerce.…

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    The nurseryman Jean-Pierre Vibert was “le grand rosiériste de la première moitié du XIX siècle... Ces catalogues constituent une source précieuse pour la connaissance des anciennes ‘Roses de France’” (François Joyaux. LA ROSE DE FRANCE, pages 123 and 125). Jean- Pierre Vibert first published his OBSERVATIONS SUR LA NOMENCLATURE ET LE CLASSEMENT DES ROSES, including a catalogue of roses, in 1819. It went into at least eleven editions, but, the catalogue of roses published with it would be altered each year. In this copy roses added in 1830 are included; roses that did not sell well were also removed. The roses are identified by name, inventory number, type, price, color and nuance, and the date of first entrance” into commerce. “le grand rosiériste de la première moitié du XIX siècle” Stock 3059; Werger & Burton 1245.

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    Later binding in marbled paper over boards with gilt lettered red leather title piece on spine, new endpapers; some light browning to title page, a bit throughout text, as well; text impression of verso sometimes shows through on rectos. Well preserved.

    Book ID: 16375
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  • (Architectural Drawing)
    40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL. by CARR, Terence.
    CARR, Terence.
    40 AGRICULTURAL COTTAGES IN CORNWALL.

    An eye-catching pen and ink wash drawing for worker/agricultural stone cottages in Cornwall designed by Carr, who worked for the well known architectural firm of W.D. Caroe. In this large drawing, Carr outlines the layout for 40 houses situated within a village green. It shows the first floor plans of the houses as they are arranged in a half circle, along with detailed elevations for West side and North side groupings. One pair of cottages is shown in front and back elevation. Room measurements are given for parlour, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathrooms. Carr worked from Garthowen, Woking. Notice of his work on church architecture with W.D. Caroe can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library’s Church Plans…

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    An eye-catching pen and ink wash drawing for worker/agricultural stone cottages in Cornwall designed by Carr, who worked for the well known architectural firm of W.D. Caroe. In this large drawing, Carr outlines the layout for 40 houses situated within a village green. It shows the first floor plans of the houses as they are arranged in a half circle, along with detailed elevations for West side and North side groupings. One pair of cottages is shown in front and back elevation. Room measurements are given for parlour, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathrooms. Carr worked from Garthowen, Woking. Notice of his work on church architecture with W.D. Caroe can be found on the Lambeth Palace Library’s Church Plans online website. We also find mention of his winning a prize in the Industrial Design Competition of 1930 (see REPORT ON THE COMPETITION OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS, 1930, in “Journal of the Royal Society of Arts” Volume 78, No. 4063 pp. 1150-1172), but this must have been in his student days. The drawing offered here is an accomplished presentation for an entire project.

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    With three tears, closed, in the sheet, and some rubbing at ink title on the bottom of the drawing. In a recent matt mounting. Very good.

    Book ID: 16318
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  • (Garden Cities)
    L'ILLUSTRATION / LA MAISON. by SORBETS, Gaston, ed.
    SORBETS, Gaston, ed.
    L'ILLUSTRATION / LA MAISON.

    A striking and well preserved copy of the special LA MAISON issue of the French magazine, L’ILLUSTRATION for 1929 with a colorful cover illustration by M. Rapin. The contents of the magazine are rich in mostly contemporary photographs and drawings of garden cities and residential housing. Henri Sellier writes on “L’Effort Français pour l’Habitation Populaire” reviewing garden cities such as Suresne, Cachan, Drancy and others; Georges Benoit-Lévy writes on “La Cité-Jardin à L’Etranger”; Henri Sauvage writes about “ La Maison De Rapport”, principally in Paris; Louis Bourdelles describes a “Projet D’Une Grande Habitation Moderne Pour La Ville de Paris”; Louis Feine discusses “ Les Materiaux Nouveaux Utilisable Pour La Construction de Nos Habitations”; Léandre Villat writes about contemporary villas around…

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    A striking and well preserved copy of the special LA MAISON issue of the French magazine, L’ILLUSTRATION for 1929 with a colorful cover illustration by M. Rapin. The contents of the magazine are rich in mostly contemporary photographs and drawings of garden cities and residential housing. Henri Sellier writes on “L’Effort Français pour l’Habitation Populaire” reviewing garden cities such as Suresne, Cachan, Drancy and others; Georges Benoit-Lévy writes on “La Cité-Jardin à L’Etranger”; Henri Sauvage writes about “ La Maison De Rapport”, principally in Paris; Louis Bourdelles describes a “Projet D’Une Grande Habitation Moderne Pour La Ville de Paris”; Louis Feine discusses “ Les Materiaux Nouveaux Utilisable Pour La Construction de Nos Habitations”; Léandre Villat writes about contemporary villas around France and beyond.

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    In original paper covers printed in colors; a bit of thumbing on a double page spread of a chart in the text and slight loss of margin only, text not affected, at that point; else a very fine copy.

    Book ID: 16165
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  • (Real Estate Development Brochure)
    Société Immobilière Toulousaine pour l'extension et l'embellissement de la ville.
    VILLE DE TOULOUSE. Prolongement des Allées Jean-Jaurès.

    A handsomely printed development prospectus for the "Roseraie" and "Parc", two single family property developments in a newly opened suburban area north of Toulouse. Included are two plat plans for development together with full sketches and floor plans for the designs by Parisian architect Charles Lemaresquier. The text is stylishly printed in red and dark brown by the Imprimerie Kadar in Paris. Descriptions of eight models for single family houses designed specifically for the development by Lemaresquier include types of materials used on special features. Each named villa ( “Nora”, “Graziella”, “Nadia”, etc.) is given a full page illustration attractively reproduced from a charcoal and pen drawing. The styles vary from traditional “habitations champêtres” to international modern. All were offered…

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    A handsomely printed development prospectus for the "Roseraie" and "Parc", two single family property developments in a newly opened suburban area north of Toulouse. Included are two plat plans for development together with full sketches and floor plans for the designs by Parisian architect Charles Lemaresquier. The text is stylishly printed in red and dark brown by the Imprimerie Kadar in Paris. Descriptions of eight models for single family houses designed specifically for the development by Lemaresquier include types of materials used on special features. Each named villa ( “Nora”, “Graziella”, “Nadia”, etc.) is given a full page illustration attractively reproduced from a charcoal and pen drawing. The styles vary from traditional “habitations champêtres” to international modern. All were offered with the most up-to-date conveniences. The plan was implemented for the Roseraie and its streets are still named after different flowers as shown on the proposal. Lemaresquier, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and formed a partnership with the architect Victor Laloux. He also worked for the French state as architect-en-chef des Palais Nationaux, etc. His better known works include the headquarters of Félix Potin and the palais Berlitz in Paris. Lemaresquier’s special talents for drawing are well reflected in the architectural illustrations here. We locate no copies in U.S. libraries, but know of one in a private collection. With designs by architect Charles Lemaresquier

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    Original heavy paper wraps, illustrated on upper cover, withcloth cord at spine; a fine copy.

    Book ID: 16422
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  • SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE D'HORTICULTURE DE LIÉGE.
    CATALOGUE DE LA VINGTIEME EXPOSITION DE FLEURS, Ouverte Les 21, 22 Et 23 Juin 1840, A La Grande Salle Académique De L'Université.

    The catalogue lists 460 flowers exhibited at the Exposition and provides brief accounts of several concurrent meetings and official reports.

    Spine perished and front wrapper lacking; light stain along edge of margin on some leaves, one corner partially worn away.

    Book ID: 13174
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  • LICHACEV, Dmitrij Sergeevic.
    LA POESIA DEI GIARDINI. Per Una Semantica Degli Stili Dei Giardini E Dei Parchi. Il Giardino Come Testo.

    Italian translation of the second edition, first published in Russian under the title: POEZIIA SADOV: SEMANTIKE SADOVO-PARKOVYKH STILEI: SAD KAK TEKST.

    Orignal cloth in dust jacket.

    Book ID: 14738
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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...

    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.

    Original cloth; light wear and spotting of covers.

    Book ID: 14900
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