Browse

Browse a selection of our books on Garden History, Landscape Architecture  and Early Horticulture….

  • ( Flower Painting and FlowerLore )
    COURONNE DE FLORE by DESBORDES-VALMORE (Marcelline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    DESBORDES-VALMORE (Marcelline), Amable TASTU, LA COMTESSE DE BRADI et Jules BAGET.
    COURONNE DE FLORE Mélanges De Poésie Et De Prose.

    A beautifully hand-colored edition of a very scarce book - this version rare, indeed.   This “gift book” was offered by its publisher to accompany a rare series of coloured lithographs entitled LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS. It comprises brief essays and poetry on individual flowers by early nineteenth century French women writers  - and Jules Baget and Mrs. Hemans -  and is embellished with four exquisitely hand watercoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Lucy de Beaurepaire, Olympe Arson and Jules Dumas. A. Roulliet was the lithographer.  The selection opens with Jules Baget’s poem entitled “La Naissance Des Fleurs” in which he praises artists, Redouté in particular, for their ability to preserve the fleeting beauty of flowers by…

    (more)

    A beautifully hand-colored edition of a very scarce book - this version rare, indeed.   This “gift book” was offered by its publisher to accompany a rare series of coloured lithographs entitled LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS. It comprises brief essays and poetry on individual flowers by early nineteenth century French women writers  - and Jules Baget and Mrs. Hemans -  and is embellished with four exquisitely hand watercoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Pierre Joseph Redouté, Lucy de Beaurepaire, Olympe Arson and Jules Dumas. A. Roulliet was the lithographer.  The selection opens with Jules Baget’s poem entitled “La Naissance Des Fleurs” in which he praises artists, Redouté in particular, for their ability to preserve the fleeting beauty of flowers by their art. Madame La Comtesse de Brade writes on the history and lore of the tulip, the violet, the apple and the lily, while other contributors offer poems to individual flowers. Each water-coloured lithographed plate marks a season represented by a flower or flower bouquet surrounded by a decoratively printed hand- coloured border. The lettering of the title page is also hand-coloured.  In 1837, Fleury Chavant published LA COURRONE DE FLORE (Vicaire p. 1044) which resembles this title in every respect but for the publisher, and the title page. Fleury Chavant’s ads for lithographic work, noting this title, are included at the end of the text. In the Fleury Chavant imprint, the title page informs the reader that the book is designed to accompany LA NAISSANCE DES FLEURS, a series of 50 sheets imprinted with designs of flower drawings and poetry, but this is an elusive piece noted only as “original art “ in Bnf. As Louis Janet was famous for his production of gift books, we surmise this was an initial effort to produce one from the Fleury Chavant plates lithographed in blue. The plain silk-paper over boards binding here could possibly have been prepared for a decorative slipcover or box. We have located no copies with the Janet imprint in OCLC, COPAC, the European Catalogue or CCFr. 

    (less)

    Original cream silk-covered paper over boards, without impression, with very small tear at spine head mended, light hand-soiling a.e.g; moire patterned endpapers; light to moderate foxing throughout, but plates unblemished.

    Book ID: 16510
    Tags: olympia3
    View cart More details Price: £400.00
  • (Trade Catalogue - Greenhouses & Conservatories)
    SERRES ET CHAUFFAGES. by GUILLOT - PELLETIER FILS & Cie.
    GUILLOT - PELLETIER FILS & Cie.
    SERRES ET CHAUFFAGES.

    An informative Art Nouveau period trade catalogue with 20 plates of winter gardens, palm houses, orangeries, and a variety of greenhouses, with illustrations presenting the various styles in their completed settings. Of additional interest are the 84 pages of text offering the names of clients in different parts of France, the particular construction elements provided to them, and a lengthy list of the architects who had worked with them. The time period covered runs from 1880 to 1906.  In OCLC we find only one similar copy, in the Netherlands, of an earlier 1903 edition with fewer pages. Jardins d’hivers, Orangeries, Greenhouses

    Original printed paper covers, portions of spine paper split or chipped; final page has a fold at bottom margin, without loss, rubber stamp of the firm’s Paris bureau address appears intermittently without interfering with text; still very good internally.

    Book ID: 16497
    View cart More details Price: £375.00
  • (Cactus)
    (Angel & fils)
    CACTÉES... Quelques Conseils d'Angel & Fils (cover title).

    An imaginative and charming advertising booklet promoting cactus collecting and cultivation with drawings printed in colors and hand-lettered text printed in brown ink. The text provides directions for replanting, for creating little "Japanese" gardens in tray arrangements, and for handling slips or cuttings and for sowing seeds. Prices are given for various sizes of cactus, for vases and pots, and for Japanese ornaments used in the tray gardens.

    Original self wraps; a well preserved copy of a fragile item. With printed florist's card laid in listing the 8 commandments of the "cacteophile."

    Book ID: 12725
    View cart More details Price: £75.00
  • (MASEFIELD, John)
    Original photograph. " THE POET LAUREATE AS GARDENER."

    "Mr. John Masefield, the Poet Laureate, is a keen gardener, and is here seen plucking some fine lupins in his garden at Boars Hill, Oxford." Thus reads the caption typed on tissue paper and attached to the back of this photograph supplied by Fox Photos and probably intended as human interest content for contemporary newspapers. The mustached and white haired Masefield is shown in wool jacket and cravat grasping one of a cluster of lupins.

    Minor smudging to corners of photo.

    Book ID: 13898
    Tags: olympia6
    View cart More details Price: £35.00
  • (Greenhouses)
    (VAN DE CAPPELLE-DE PRETTER)
    COLOR LITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD: Frs. Van De Cappelle-DePretter.

    A "porcelain" trade card for the greenhouse builders Van De Cappell-De Pretter, rue de la Caverne, No. 50, Gand. The printing in gold and blue is by the Gand lithographers, G. Jacqmain. The card is illustrated with a view of a greenhouse in a gardenesque setting with fountain, house and two small human figures, all printed within a decorative Gothic-style frame. A lengthy caption informs the viewer that examples of the firm's "confection de serres en Fer" can be seen at the Verschaffelt nursery, at Van Houte's outside of Bruxelles, and in Paris at "MM les Barons Rotschild." Cartes porcelaines or "porcelain cards" were produced in the mid-nineteenth century lithography with a thin layer of white lead producing their beautiful…

    (more)

    A "porcelain" trade card for the greenhouse builders Van De Cappell-De Pretter, rue de la Caverne, No. 50, Gand. The printing in gold and blue is by the Gand lithographers, G. Jacqmain. The card is illustrated with a view of a greenhouse in a gardenesque setting with fountain, house and two small human figures, all printed within a decorative Gothic-style frame. A lengthy caption informs the viewer that examples of the firm's "confection de serres en Fer" can be seen at the Verschaffelt nursery, at Van Houte's outside of Bruxelles, and in Paris at "MM les Barons Rotschild." Cartes porcelaines or "porcelain cards" were produced in the mid-nineteenth century lithography with a thin layer of white lead producing their beautiful porcelain-like effect. They were chiefly produced in Belgium between the late 1830s and the early 1860s and used as business or announcement cards. Their production was discontinued because of health hazards connected with the lead.

    (less)

    A few minor scratches at extremities, but a well preserved example, mounted on conservation stock and matted, measuring 30.1 x 33 cm. at exterior of mat.

    Book ID: 15590
    Tags: olympia6
    View cart More details Price: £187.00
  • (Trade Card - Horticulturist)
    (REMI MEYER & CO.)
    COLOR LITHOGRAPHED TRADE CARD: ÉTABLISSEMENT HORTICOLE REMI MEYER & CO.

    This "porcelain" trade card for the horticultural establishment of Remi Mayer is printed in blue, maroon and gold with four vignettes, each framed, surrounding the proprietor's name. Within the four vignettes are views of the nursery, itself, with its cold frames and planted beds, and views of garden settings, an approach to a house, a view across a pond to a gate and another view across a ringed pond. The lithography is by F. & F. Gyselynch at Gand.

    Card stock mounted on conservation stock and matted with exterior measurements of mat at 30.5 x 33 cm.

    Book ID: 15591
    Tags: olympia6
    View cart More details Price: £163.00
  • (Games, Flower)
    (Anonymous)
    JEU INSTRUCTIF DES FLEURS.

    "Les Jeux d'Oie" have long been a venerable form of family entertainment, education and even propaganda. This particular version, the jeu instructif des fleurs, is pretty enough to be viewed as a game for young ladies (which it probably was), but John Grand-Carteret's LES JEUX D'OIE(http://www.giochidelloca.it/dettaglio_storia.php?id=41) lists it with the "Jeu d'actualites politiques." He notes that the winning position is the crowned Lis blanc, the symbol of virtue and, of course, "Gloire Aux Lis", a sentiment in favor during the French Restoration. But there is also botanical instruction here. Along the promenade or route of the game are 63 numbered "cases" or squares, each with a handsomely engraved flower portrait, many accompanied by captions citing the flower's emblematic meaning, or…

    (more)

    "Les Jeux d'Oie" have long been a venerable form of family entertainment, education and even propaganda. This particular version, the jeu instructif des fleurs, is pretty enough to be viewed as a game for young ladies (which it probably was), but John Grand-Carteret's LES JEUX D'OIE(http://www.giochidelloca.it/dettaglio_storia.php?id=41) lists it with the "Jeu d'actualites politiques." He notes that the winning position is the crowned Lis blanc, the symbol of virtue and, of course, "Gloire Aux Lis", a sentiment in favor during the French Restoration. But there is also botanical instruction here. Along the promenade or route of the game are 63 numbered "cases" or squares, each with a handsomely engraved flower portrait, many accompanied by captions citing the flower's emblematic meaning, or one of its physical properties. Thus: marigold, "emblème de la douleur"; jasmine, "originaire de la Province"; myrtle, "dédié a Venus par les anciens"; and finally, embowered and marked with sun's rays, the lily. The rules for traversing the promenade and reaching the lily are printed in the center of the text. For example, whoever arrives at no. 42, the violet, "a flower lost in the woods," must return to no. 30, lily of the valley, and pay a sum agreed on at the outset of the game. The shape of the course or promenade is oval, thus leaving space at the corners of the sheet for charming little views of the Jardin des Tuileries seen from the terraces of the chateau, the Jardin du Luxembourg seen from the water bassins, the Jardin du Roi seen from the river bank, and a view of the labyrinth of the Jardin du Roi. Though not found in the usual library catalogues, we do find reference to a copy in the Collection of Baron de Vinck at the Bibliothèque Nationale. "Gloire aux Lis"

    (less)

    Engraved sheet unevenly folded with a few minor tears along folds; one corner torn and mended, with some rust spots, not affecting image.

    Book ID: 16115
    Tags: olympia6
    View cart More details Price: £1,000.00
  • (Capability Brown)
    DEAN, William.
    AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF CROOME D'ABITOT, The Seat Of The Right Hon. The Earl Of Coventry; With Biographical Notices Of the Coventry Family To Which Are Annexed An HORTUS CROOMENSIS And Observations On The Propagation Of Exotics.

    First edition, with subscribers' list, of this scarce guide book for Croome Court, the Worcestershire country seat of the Earl of Coventry which was notably transformed by Capability Brown in the mid-eighteenth century. The first portion of the text provides detailed descriptions of the site, the family, the approaches and entrances to the domain, the house (also designed by Brown), and, most importantly, the pleasure grounds and the Park, one of the "largest undertakings of Brown's early practice" (-Stroud, CAPABILITY BROWN, pg. 57). "In the grounds created out of what had been 'as hopeless a spot as any in the island', he formed a serpentine lake, built a grotto at the head of the water, and designed a tunnel under…

    (more)

    First edition, with subscribers' list, of this scarce guide book for Croome Court, the Worcestershire country seat of the Earl of Coventry which was notably transformed by Capability Brown in the mid-eighteenth century. The first portion of the text provides detailed descriptions of the site, the family, the approaches and entrances to the domain, the house (also designed by Brown), and, most importantly, the pleasure grounds and the Park, one of the "largest undertakings of Brown's early practice" (-Stroud, CAPABILITY BROWN, pg. 57). "In the grounds created out of what had been 'as hopeless a spot as any in the island', he formed a serpentine lake, built a grotto at the head of the water, and designed a tunnel under the main road to link parts of the estate. In this demanding commission, his success established beyond doubt his ability as an architect as well as as a landscape designer" (OXFORD COMPANION TO GARDENS, pg 75). These features are all described by Dean, accompanied by illustrations which depict the temple, the mansion (with view of the bridge), a view of Brown's church and one of his rotunda. Post-Brownian features such as the greenhouse designed by Robert Adam and the memorial to Brown are described in the text. An appendix provides extracts from historical notices of Croome and its occupiers starting with the Domesday Book and concluding with a description of the garden from the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, 1792. William Dean was the gardener at Croome and cultivated over 5000 different varieties of plants there, including a substantial collection of exotics. He has included with his guide a 147 page HORTUS CROOMENSIS, which provides a catalogue of these plants giving Latin binomial, English name, place of origin and time of flowering. In conclusion, Dean provides two short essays entitled "Observations On The Progagation of Exotics. (Part I, from Cuttings; Part II, from Seeds)" Abbey Scenery 416.

    (less)

    Original paper over boards, soiled, with newer paper spine sympathetically aged, remnant of original spine label relaid. Original endpapers; some discoloration from aquatints on opposite text sections.

    Book ID: 16548
    Tags: olympia3
    View cart More details Price: £800.00
  • (Juvenile, Civic Art - Paris)
    GALERIE GÉOGRAPHIQUE HISTORIQUE ET INTÉRESSANTE DES QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE.. by N(ougaret)., P(ierre).J(ean).B(aptiste).
    N(ougaret)., P(ierre).J(ean).B(aptiste).
    GALERIE GÉOGRAPHIQUE HISTORIQUE ET INTÉRESSANTE DES QUATRE PARTIES DU MONDE.. Contenant Tout ce qu'il y a de plus remarquable Sur les Moeurs et les usages des peuples...

    This carefully preserved juvenile geography book centers, in particular, on the city of Paris and the world that emanates from there. Thus, its four maps show, successively: the world; Europe; the French Empire and Kingdom of Italy; and metropolitan Paris. Within the text, special attention and detail is given to the descriptions of Parisian streets, bridges, street names, historic buildings and churches, and the private residences of its famous persons. For the young reader, the history and texture of Paris is placed at the center of the world. There are, of course, small sections on Spain; Portugal; Italy; Venise; Switzerland; Germany; Bavaria; Prussia;Bohemia and Moravia;Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Russian; Asia; Persia; China; Egypt; Africa; and the Artic and Antartic regions, along…

    (more)

    This carefully preserved juvenile geography book centers, in particular, on the city of Paris and the world that emanates from there. Thus, its four maps show, successively: the world; Europe; the French Empire and Kingdom of Italy; and metropolitan Paris. Within the text, special attention and detail is given to the descriptions of Parisian streets, bridges, street names, historic buildings and churches, and the private residences of its famous persons. For the young reader, the history and texture of Paris is placed at the center of the world. There are, of course, small sections on Spain; Portugal; Italy; Venise; Switzerland; Germany; Bavaria; Prussia;Bohemia and Moravia;Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Russian; Asia; Persia; China; Egypt; Africa; and the Artic and Antartic regions, along with many others. The engraved frontispiece shows a young boy receiving gifts and honors from the figure of L'Étude (Study). This appears to be the first and only edition; in OCLC we find only one copy at the New York Public Library.

    (less)

    Original pink paper-covered boards, a.e.g.; the faintest occasional foxing; in original matching pink paper covered slip-case, very faintly hand- soiled. A lovely copy.

    Book ID: 16139
    View cart More details Price: £400.00
  • (Le Corbusier)
    RAGOT, Gilles.
    LES VILLAS DE LE CORBUSIER ET PIERRE JEANNERET DAN LA RÉGION PARISIENNE de 1920 À 1940.

    A most uncommon master’s thesis or “Memoire De Maitrise”, U.E.R. D’Historie de L’Art et D’Archéologie. The directeur de mémoire was M. le Professeur Bernard Dorival.Gilles Ragot went on to become an art historian, specialist in 20th century architecture, and author and/or co-author of several authoritative books on Le Corbusier. His 2 part, 3 volume thesis covers 21 villas designed by Le Corbusier in the region and includes a a plans of the situations of the villas in the Parisian and Boulogne su Seine regions and extensive analysis of architectural features. The work is heavily illustrated with reproductions of photographs and plans. Master’s Thesis on Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret by a future authority.

    (more)

    A most uncommon master’s thesis or “Memoire De Maitrise”, U.E.R. D’Historie de L’Art et D’Archéologie. The directeur de mémoire was M. le Professeur Bernard Dorival.Gilles Ragot went on to become an art historian, specialist in 20th century architecture, and author and/or co-author of several authoritative books on Le Corbusier. His 2 part, 3 volume thesis covers 21 villas designed by Le Corbusier in the region and includes a a plans of the situations of the villas in the Parisian and Boulogne su Seine regions and extensive analysis of architectural features. The work is heavily illustrated with reproductions of photographs and plans. Master’s Thesis on Le Corbusier et Pierre Jeanneret by a future authority.

    (less)

    Original printed paper covers; A very good set under clear protective wraps.

    Book ID: 16549
    Tags: olympia3
    View cart More details Price: £400.00
  • (Menars)
    FRANÇAIS, Anne.
    UN BEAU JOUR A MENARS.

    One of 150 copies on Velin de Rives, “Imprimé spécialement pour/ MONSIEUR ANDRE MALRAUX/Ministere D’État / Chargé Des Affaires Culturelles” signed and inscribed by the author, “Hommage de l’auteur”. Menars, located on the Loire, began in the 17th century as a classical French garden and chateau. For a brief period (1760-1764), it served as the residence residence of Madame de Pompadour, who added her personal touch to the chateau with the help of architect, Jacques-Ange Gabriel. Following her death, her brother, the marquis de Marigny, engaged Jacques-Gabriel Soufflot to further develop the site. The exuberant drawings of Anne Français fill this colorful book with impressions of visits to Menars in winter and in spring. While leading the reader through the…

    (more)

    One of 150 copies on Velin de Rives, “Imprimé spécialement pour/ MONSIEUR ANDRE MALRAUX/Ministere D’État / Chargé Des Affaires Culturelles” signed and inscribed by the author, “Hommage de l’auteur”. Menars, located on the Loire, began in the 17th century as a classical French garden and chateau. For a brief period (1760-1764), it served as the residence residence of Madame de Pompadour, who added her personal touch to the chateau with the help of architect, Jacques-Ange Gabriel. Following her death, her brother, the marquis de Marigny, engaged Jacques-Gabriel Soufflot to further develop the site. The exuberant drawings of Anne Français fill this colorful book with impressions of visits to Menars in winter and in spring. While leading the reader through the interior and exterior spaces, she often succeeds in demonstrating their interrelationship. Accompanying text offers an overview of the history of Menars. A very charming book, printed by Mourlot and entirely designed by Français, known venting the concept of “ionnisme” in painting. With drawings, watercolors, text and mise en page executed entirely by the author/artist and produced in black and white and color lithograph at Mourlot, Paris. Copy printed for Andre Malraux

    (less)

    Original color printed illustrated wrappers; original stiff paper covers with upper cover printed in black with coat of arms and title; extremely light shelf-wear, but a near fine copy.

    Book ID: 16546
    Tags: olympia4
    View cart More details Price: £150.00
  • (TRADE CATALOGUE- Ironwork for Tombs)
    TRAVAUX D'ART FER ET BRONZE by RENAUX-LEFEVRE.
    RENAUX-LEFEVRE.
    TRAVAUX D'ART FER ET BRONZE Specialté d’Entourages Porte-Couronnes & Portes pour Tombeaux....Grilles de Choeur/ Vases pour Fleurs...

    A very well preserved trade catalogue showing full page illustrations, on rectos only, of 29 decorative iron surrounds, including several covered and one chapel for tombs; 12 chapel door panels, 19 corbeilles and coupes for cemetery settings - these last, more than one to a page. The whole is lithographed in blue. Most of the tomb surrounds are shown with suggestions of grassy or park-like settings. We have not yet found any copies in OCLC, COPAC, EUROPEAN LIBRARY or CCFR. Tombstone Ironwork

    Original printed paper covers with designs on upper and lower covers; a bit or shelf wear and light soiling at bottom edges, on plate with moderate foxing, but otherwise very well preserved.

    Book ID: 16521
    View cart More details Price: £225.00
  • (Art Deco Garden Fantasy)
    ORIGINAL DRAWING. by Bonfils, Robert.
    Bonfils, Robert.
    ORIGINAL DRAWING.

    An original drawing in colour showing a garden fantasy by the art deco illustrator and designer Robert Bonfils presented by him to Roger Grillon. A sudden shower (with a rainbow) sends two couples dashing in front of a large arched hedge at the garden entrance to a palace. With its large topiary, pergola, fountains, etc., the scene combines the classical elements of French garden architecture with the streamlined vision of nature associated with Art Deco and with illustration styles of the early 20th century. Bonfils’ own colour woodblock poster for the 1925 Paris International Exposition did much for establishing the Art Deco style. A Garden Watercolour

    Watercolor, gouache and ink on paper; some foxing visible in small areas; signed presentation inscription on lower right corner beneath drawing.

    Book ID: 16606
    View cart More details Price: £225.00
  • (FLORISTS, White House)
    FROM CONSERVATORIES/ EXECUTIVE MANSION/ WASHINGTON.
    FROM CONSERVATORIES/ EXECUTIVE MANSION/ WASHINGTON.

    This well preserved engraved gift or presentation card from the White House conservatories shows the mansion’s conservatory extending off the west wing (where the offices of the West Wing are now) of the building in a vignette sized illustration of the building in its ellipse side setting; the card bears further engraving - a space for the address of a recipient and notice that the card accompanies “perishable flowers” that must be kept from “frost and extreme heat”. President James Buchanan had the White House conservatory built in the mid 19th century in part to facilitate his niece Harriet Lane’s role as his “first lady”. Lane was well educated and a sophisticated hostess who filled the president’s social events with…

    (more)

    This well preserved engraved gift or presentation card from the White House conservatories shows the mansion’s conservatory extending off the west wing (where the offices of the West Wing are now) of the building in a vignette sized illustration of the building in its ellipse side setting; the card bears further engraving - a space for the address of a recipient and notice that the card accompanies “perishable flowers” that must be kept from “frost and extreme heat”. President James Buchanan had the White House conservatory built in the mid 19th century in part to facilitate his niece Harriet Lane’s role as his “first lady”. Lane was well educated and a sophisticated hostess who filled the president’s social events with flowers. That particular greenhouse burned in 1867, but was replaced with others, including a rose house. In 1902, under Theodore Roosevelt, and at the suggestion of Charles McKim, the conservatories were removed to make way for West Wing offices. This card would probably be from the late 19th century and demonstrates that flowers were not only grown for White House occasions, but also sent out as compliments, greetings, condolences, etc. Ephemera From the White House Florists.

    (less)
    Book ID: 16601
    View cart More details Price: £90.00
  • (French Art Nouveau)
    MOCK-UP FOR FLORIST OR NURSERYMAN'S AD OR LABEL. by (CLOS de la GAROUPE).
    (CLOS de la GAROUPE).
    MOCK-UP FOR FLORIST OR NURSERYMAN'S AD OR LABEL.

    A somewhat mysterious piece on art vellum having the appearance of a mailing or shipping label, but, surely being an elaborate mock-up for one or the other. “The design is signed in a monogram for “R H sc”. The sender’s address is “ Clos de la Garoupe/ Cap d’Antibes/ Alpes-Maritimes. “ in decorative black lettering. Opposite is the message:” Les Fleurs sont expédiées aussitôt qu’elles sont coupées.” Below this is an address space beginning with a decorative “M” and below, “Spécialité d’Anémones /et de la Fraises. This text is arranged in the upper diagonal space of the piece. In the lower diagonal is a splendid design of a young woman holding strawberries and surrounded by anemones. This illustration is enhanced…

    (more)

    A somewhat mysterious piece on art vellum having the appearance of a mailing or shipping label, but, surely being an elaborate mock-up for one or the other. “The design is signed in a monogram for “R H sc”. The sender’s address is “ Clos de la Garoupe/ Cap d’Antibes/ Alpes-Maritimes. “ in decorative black lettering. Opposite is the message:” Les Fleurs sont expédiées aussitôt qu’elles sont coupées.” Below this is an address space beginning with a decorative “M” and below, “Spécialité d’Anémones /et de la Fraises. This text is arranged in the upper diagonal space of the piece. In the lower diagonal is a splendid design of a young woman holding strawberries and surrounded by anemones. This illustration is enhanced in green, gray and rose. The Cap d’Antibes was a strong horticultural region in the 19th century. Clos de la Garoupe was once a farm ( or nursery?) before Antibes became the playground of the rich. Flowers from Cap d’Antibes.

    (less)

    In fine condition.

    Book ID: 16565
    Tags: olympia6
    View cart More details Price: £300.00
  • (Horticultural Exhibitions)
    RULES AND SCHEDULE FOR EXHIBITION, by KNUTSFORD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
    KNUTSFORD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
    RULES AND SCHEDULE FOR EXHIBITION, to Be Held On Friday & Saturday, 4th & 5th September, 1868.

    A wonderful picture of the rigour demanded in mid-nineteenth century local English horticultural shows. Following the list of various officers and dignitaries come the rules, followed by the various exhibition categories. For professional gardeners there are 30 classes of entry. These range from caladiums to hollyhocks, cut roses to miniature gardens for 1st and 2nd prizes (20/- the highest, being for stove or greenhouse plants in bloom.) For the amateurs, another 18 classes from ferns, foliaged geraniums, pansies, round hand bouquets to British wild plants improved for garden decoration. The highest award here for ferns, at 10/-). Classes open to all are dishes of fruits (25 varieties). The largest category with 60 classes is for Cottagers with displays ranging from…

    (more)

    A wonderful picture of the rigour demanded in mid-nineteenth century local English horticultural shows. Following the list of various officers and dignitaries come the rules, followed by the various exhibition categories. For professional gardeners there are 30 classes of entry. These range from caladiums to hollyhocks, cut roses to miniature gardens for 1st and 2nd prizes (20/- the highest, being for stove or greenhouse plants in bloom.) For the amateurs, another 18 classes from ferns, foliaged geraniums, pansies, round hand bouquets to British wild plants improved for garden decoration. The highest award here for ferns, at 10/-). Classes open to all are dishes of fruits (25 varieties). The largest category with 60 classes is for Cottagers with displays ranging from best box hive of bees to the “best regulated, neatest, and most productive Cottage Garden, within three miles of Knutsford Parish Church, to be inspected twice during the season ”. This latter gets the top prize of 20/-. There is a small category for florists and nurserymen from any distance. With a two page list of subscribers, a full list of committee members, patrons and officers and two pages of very strict rules. We have not located this item in OCLC, COPAC or the Lindley Library, RHS.

    (less)

    Stitched pamphlet with two vertical folds, scattered and very light foxing.

    Book ID: 16609
    View cart More details Price: £110.00
  • (Chinese Dwarf Plants)
    DER FRÜHLINGS-UND SOMMERGÄRTNER ODER ANWEISUNG, JEDE ART VON BLUMEN, by LEONHARDI, F(riedrich) G(ottlob) and J(ohann) H(einrich) SEIDEL.
    LEONHARDI, F(riedrich) G(ottlob) and J(ohann) H(einrich) SEIDEL.
    DER FRÜHLINGS-UND SOMMERGÄRTNER ODER ANWEISUNG, JEDE ART VON BLUMEN, Wohlriechende Niedrige Strauch-, Stauden- und Rankende Gewächse, Nebst Küchengartenkräutern, So Wie Auch Obstorangerie, Nach Art De Chinesen In Scherben Zu Erziehen, Zu Pflanzen und Abzuwarten Und Dieselben Für Den Winter Aufzubewahren und Zu Erhalten.

    A rare horticultural manual by Johann Heinrich Seidel, widely regarded as the "Father of Dresdener Horticulture." After completing his apprenticeship at the Großer Garten in Dresden in 1764, he embarked on a seven-year Gesellenwanderung though Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and France. During his travels he spent significant time at Het Loo, the Jardin des Plantes, Chiswick, and Kew while building important contacts with head gardeners throughout Europe. After returning to Dresden and taking over as court gardener, Seidel used those contacts to build one of the most important plant collections of its day, reaching 4300 species by 1806. Many of the choicest of these plants are described in the text. Seidel was one of the first German gardeners…

    (more)

    A rare horticultural manual by Johann Heinrich Seidel, widely regarded as the "Father of Dresdener Horticulture." After completing his apprenticeship at the Großer Garten in Dresden in 1764, he embarked on a seven-year Gesellenwanderung though Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and France. During his travels he spent significant time at Het Loo, the Jardin des Plantes, Chiswick, and Kew while building important contacts with head gardeners throughout Europe. After returning to Dresden and taking over as court gardener, Seidel used those contacts to build one of the most important plant collections of its day, reaching 4300 species by 1806. Many of the choicest of these plants are described in the text. Seidel was one of the first German gardeners to breed camellias, but he also had a particular interest in Chinese dwarf plants and devoted an entire short chapter at the end of the book to promoting their interest. The colour frontispiece shows a Chinese gardener carrying several potted dwarf shrubs and fruit trees balanced on a pole across his shoulder. The name F. G. Leonhardi also appears on the title page, but Leonhardi was an economist and historian who wrote books on a variety of subjects. He is unlikely to have made much contribution to the horticultural content of the work. It is surprisingly rare. OCLC locates only 4 copies, of which three in Germany and one in Denmark. KVK adds one more. By Johann Heinrich Seidel, the “Father of Dresdener Horticulture”

    (less)

    Contemporary quarter paper spine with printed title label, heavily scuffed, spine ends worn; marbled paper over boards, corners bumped and worn; light browning and occasional spotting to text; couleur frontispiece bears older, small pen tracings on colour frontispiece. A good copy.

    Book ID: 16618
    View cart More details Price: £600.00
  • (Parks - Brussels)
    LE PARC DE BRUXELLES. by Schoonen, Louis.
    Schoonen, Louis.
    LE PARC DE BRUXELLES. Poème Descriptif et Satirique En Quatre Chants,

    First and apparently only edition. With an engraved frontispiece of a view taken from within the park looking towards the Palais de la Nation designed by Gilles-Barnabé Guimard who, together with Joachim Zinner, provided the overall plans for the park and Place Royal in the 18th century. The four “chants” of the poem evoke events and people in the region’s history through encounters with the park’s sculptures of classical and historical figures, its structures, etc. Of particular interest for Schoonen’s 28 pages of notes which provide detailed descriptions of the park, its plantings, layout, views and associated history. Scarce. In OCLC we locate only one copy at Utrecht and one at Vlaamse Erfgredbibliotheek.

    Marbled paper over boards with gilt lettered red leather spine label,minor shelfwear; small old tape marks on end papers, faint offsetting of engraved frontispiece onto titlepage; presentation inscription from the author on half-title. A very good copy.

    Book ID: 16598
    View cart More details Price: £375.00
  • (Style paysagiste)
    THÉORIE DES JARDINS. by (MOREL, Jean Marie)
    (MOREL, Jean Marie)
    THÉORIE DES JARDINS.

    First edition of the most substantial and popular original French work to advocate the natural landscape style of gardening in France. Morel never visited England, thus his ideas followed more directly from French examples (including his own gardens); nevertheless, he also drew inspiration from the published theories of Whately and Watelet and from the influence of his close association with Girardin at Ermenonville. Morel trained as an architect and geographical engineer, but his long career was focused almost entirely on garden design. He worked on at least 50 parks and gardens, including: Guiscard, Ermenonville, Casson, Launay, and La Malmaison. Extensive descriptions of Guiscard and Ermenonville are used here as examples to illustrate his ideas, although his account of Ermenonville claims…

    (more)

    First edition of the most substantial and popular original French work to advocate the natural landscape style of gardening in France. Morel never visited England, thus his ideas followed more directly from French examples (including his own gardens); nevertheless, he also drew inspiration from the published theories of Whately and Watelet and from the influence of his close association with Girardin at Ermenonville. Morel trained as an architect and geographical engineer, but his long career was focused almost entirely on garden design. He worked on at least 50 parks and gardens, including: Guiscard, Ermenonville, Casson, Launay, and La Malmaison. Extensive descriptions of Guiscard and Ermenonville are used here as examples to illustrate his ideas, although his account of Ermenonville claims more personal credit for its design than is appropriately due. But however significant Morel's activities as a creator of gardens may have been, it was as the pre-eminent theorist of natural garden design that he had the greatest impact. Of all French gardeners of the picturesque school, he stood furthest from the fashionable and decorative anglo-chinois aspects of garden design and advocated a style more purely imitative of nature. As such, his ideas were far more influential on the later "style paysagiste" than those of his contemporaries, and in many respects formed the (often unacknowledged) theoretical foundation for much of French garden design throughout the 19th century. The pre-eminent French theorist of natural garden design of his time. Ganay 98; Berlin Cat. 3469; Musset-Pathay 1822.

    (less)

    In later handsome three-quarter morocco with gilt ruled and ornamented spine including a gilt type ornament of Winged Victory, raised bands; marbled boards;marbled endpapers; t.e.g.; scattered foxing, heavier at front and rear of text.

    Book ID: 16595
    View cart More details Price: £500.00
  • (Parks - Pittsburgh)
    (BIGGER, Frederick).
    PARKS. A PART OF THE PITTSBURGH PLAN.

    An illustrated survey of the Pittsburgh park system, along with recommendations for improvements, prepared by Frederick Bigger. In addition to the suggestions for individual city parks there is a concluding section with proposals for boulevards and parkways along the downtown water front, Saw Mill Run valley and Nine Mile Run valley.

    In original printed paper wraps, well preserved.

    Book ID: 16607
    View cart More details Price: £100.00