Horticulture & Gardening
Spring has arrived and is certainly a welcome sight this year. In celebration of the new season we are getting back to 'our roots' with this list of gardening and horticulture books and artwork. Highlights include two specimen books of New Zealand flora and fauna in the nineteenth century; a first-edition, seventeenth-century German work on gardening; and a 1788 edition of a book on English gardening.
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ca. 1831-1865. 42 original watercolors. An album of highly accomplished amateur watercolors of flowers — including the double oleander, tiger lilly, China rose, viola, poppy, and tulip.It is very faintly possible that this album represents an early showing of art by a Minnesota seedswoman, Emma V. White, who published seed..... Read More about Album of original watercolors of flowers
London: Turner & Hadley for Thomas McLean, 1819. Second edition. Pirages:Brookshaw (ca. 1751-1823) was a successful London cabinet-maker whose painted Neoclassical furniture attracted such titled enthusiasts as the Duke of Devonshire and the Prince of Wales, but he suddenly abandoned this livelihood in the 1790s. Art historian Lucy Wood speculates..... Read More about Groups of Flowers (Groups of Fruit, Six Birds) drawn and accurately coloured after nature, with...
London: Country Life Ltd. 2-10 Tavistock Street Covent Garden, . First Edition. First edition of this famous book who did a book on Humphrey Repton as well. Read More about Capability Brown. With an Introduction by Christopher Hussey
London: 56 Regents Park Road, 16 September 1875. Writing to Youmans that he is sending the last corrected revise of his lecture as asking for the earliest insertion into the magazine, continuing that he will be giving his lecture on Human Automatism at Belfast on the 27th “which wil be..... Read More about Autograph letter signed "William B. Carpenter" to E[dward] L.Youmans, the Editor of...
Wellington: John Mackay, GPO, 1906. Inscribed on upper cover, "Dr. --Pranseau with L. Cockayne's Compliments." The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography sums up Cockayne's achievements: He "was one of the most influential of New Zealand's scientists. Although lacking formal training, he made important and original contributions to botany, stimulating research..... Read More about On a Specific Case of Leaf-Variation in Coprosma Baueri
London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1926. Second Impression. 'From April 1914 Farrer spent two years with William Purdom, a Kew-trained gardener, in Kangsu, north-west China, and in Tibet, collecting specimens and seeds, despite the lawlessness of the area. He had a narrow escape from drowning after a 20 ft fall..... Read More about On the Eaves of the World
Ann Arbor: 1908. Noted jack-of-all-trades Earle R. Forrest (1883-1969), photographer, cowboy, author, historian, and forester, began his career in 1902 traveling from his home town of Washington, PA, to southwestern Colorado where he worked as a hand at a cow camp, before travelling on to Arizona, where his enthusiasm for photography..... Read More about Manuscript Forestry Field Notebook
[Leipzig]: Moriss Georg Weidmann, 1690. First edition. First edition of the most important late seventeenth century German work on gardening, by Heinrich Hesse, overseer of the Electoral Gardens in Mainz, who specifically adapted French notions of garden design to German conditions, and whose work remained influential through the mid-eighteenth century..... Read More about Neue Garten-Lust: das ist Gründliche Vorstellung wie ein Lust-Küchen und Baum Garten unter...
London: Wm. S. Orr, 1840. Second Edition. Read More about The Flower-Garden: containing directions for the cultivation of all garden flowers…
London: Harding, Triphook and Lepard, 1825. Second Edition. Read More about The Green-House Companion; comprisinig a general course of green-house and conservatory practice...
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1636. Third edition. John Gerard was a 16th-century English botanist with a large herbal garden in London. His Herball, a 1,484 page illustrated book, was first published in 1597. It was a largely unacknowledged translation of Rembert Dodoen's herbal, itself published in..... Read More about The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes … very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson
Paris: Paris: Mérigot père, 1788. First edition. Homage to Rousseau: the English Garden at Ermenonville. Beautiful copy of this classic illustrated account of the famous "English garden" - among the earliest of its kind on the Continent - designed by the Marquis Louis-René de Girardin in honor of Jean-Jacques Rousseau..... Read More about Promenade ou Itinéraire des Jardins d'Ermenonville
London: Printed for Robt. Sayer, 1755. Third edition, enlarged "with the Addition of Four Plates in Quarto" (first published in 1752). When Chinoiserie was all the Rage. The fashion for the Chinese style was initiated, according to Harris, by Frederick, the Prince of Wales, who in 1749 had a "House..... Read More about Rural Architecture in the Chinese Taste being designs entirely new for the decoration of gardens,...
[Cambridge: Harvard University, 1866]. George Kendall Warren (1824-1884) was a distinguished northeastern landscape photographer and the most highly-regarded collegiate yearbook photographer to elite northeastern institutions: Dartmouth, Williams, Brown, Weslyan, Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, West Point, Union, and Harvard.The Class of 1866 graduated George A. Glass and Frank Wright, founders of the..... Read More about Harvard Class of 1866 Photographic Yearbook
Troy, N.Y: Nims and Knight, 1888. Sprague, Isaac. First edition. Read More about Flowers of the Field and Forest. From Original water-color drawings after nature
London: Printed for G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1822. Second, with additions. ORIGINAL BOARDS. Read More about A Concise and Practical Treatise on the Growth and Culture of the Carnation, Pink, Auricula,...
Washington [D.C.]: Government Printing Office, 1861. First edition. Inscribed to Benjamin Silliman. William Goetzmann calls Lieutenant Ives's complete report, "The best by far of these individual reports...It is a long, carefully written journal, consciously literary but with a maximum amount of attention to scientific observation. John Strong Newberry's geological report..... Read More about Report Upon the Colorado River of the West, Explored in 1857 and 1858 by Lieutenant Joseph C....
Cairo: University Press, 1971. Cairo University Herbarium. Publication No. 4. Detailed inventory and identification of botanical samples collected during an anti-locust visit in the Hejaz and parts of Nejd in 1944 and 1945, including locations where collected and vernacular names for the plants. Read More about Results of a Botanic Expedition to Arabia in 1944-1945 … with numerous determinations by...
Leipzig: Mainzer Presse, 1929-30. Kredel, Fritz. First trade edition. Koch and Kredel's Botanical Masterpiece. A superb collection of wildflower woodcuts by the noted artist and engraver Fritz Kredel, whose graver has caught perfectly the delicate beauty of Koch's original depictions. This is the first trade edition, preceded by a special..... Read More about Das Blumenbuch
Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born on August 1, 1744, in the village of Bazentin-le-Petit in the north of France. He was the youngest of eleven children in a family with a centuries-old tradition of military service; his father and several of his brothers were..... Read More about Engraved Portrait: "M. le Chevalier de Lamarck. Professor of Botany of the National...
London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1718. First Edition. First Edition of an Early Work on Fruit Cultivation. John Laurence was the son of a country clergyman." His Kalender virtually replaced the parts of Evelyn's Kalendarium Hortense relating to fruit. " Raphael With instruction for each month's planting and propagation; includes..... Read More about The Fruit-Garden Kalendar: or, a Summary of the Art of Managing the Fruit-Garden…Containing...
London: Simpkin & Marshall and Sherwood and Co., Pater Noster Row, 1831-32. Read More about The Botanic Garden; consisting of highly finished representations of hardy ornamental flowering...
London: B.T. Batsford. Fourth edition. Read More about The Art and Craft of Garden Making
Paris: Levrault, Schoell et cie, 1804. First edition. Best known as a botanist and the author "North American Sylva," Michaux chronicles here an 1800-mile journey through the regions west of the Allegheny Mountains. Read More about Voyage à l'ouest des monts Alléghanys, dans les états de l'Ohio, du Kentucky, et du...