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1955 Old Carnations and Pinks Sacherverell Sitwell C Oscar Moreton Signed
1955 Old Carnations and Pinks Sacherverell Sitwell C Oscar Moreton Signed

Price: £225.00

A beautifully-bound, limited edition of this florist's guide to carnations. Illustrated throughout with coloured plates by Rory McEwan. With an introduction by Sacheverel Sitwell. Bound by the Wigmore Bindery, London, and signed...

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1956 The Camellia Beryl Leslie Urquhart Raymond Boothe Colour Plates
1956 The Camellia Beryl Leslie Urquhart Raymond Boothe Colour Plates

Price: £65.00

A beautiful collection of illustrations of camellias, collected and edited by Bery Leslie Urquhart.Including three reproductions from paintings by Raymond Boothe, and seventeen reproductions from paintings by Paul Jones. Including...

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1956 The Camellia Beryl Urquhart Raymond Boothe Paul Jones Illus Dustwrapper
1956 The Camellia Beryl Urquhart Raymond Boothe Paul Jones Illus Dustwrapper

Price: £75.00

A profusely illustrated work depicting different varieties of the Camellia flower, with bright and vibrant plate throughout. A celebration of the Camellia, a flowering plant which is part of...

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1956-69 5v Dictionary of GARDENING Royal Horticultural
1956-69 5v Dictionary of GARDENING Royal Horticultural

Price: £145.00

The detailed and comprehensive horticultural dictionary from the RHS. The Second Edition. In Four Volumes, complete. With One Supplement Volume.

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1957-1965 4vols Flora British Isles Clapham Roles First Edition Illustrated
1957-1965 4vols Flora British Isles Clapham Roles First Edition Illustrated

Price: £110.00

A complete four volume set of this charming collection of illustrations on the flora of the British Isles, complete with original price-clipped dustwrappers. These four volumes were intended...

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1959-1964 2 vols Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Leo Hitchcock et al
1959-1964 2 vols Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Leo Hitchcock et al

Price: £195.00

Two biological texts investigating ferns, fern-related and seed-bearing plants. Part two deals with Salicaecea to Saxifragacea and part four with Ericacea through Campanulacea. First editions with unclipped dustwrappers Parts...

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1959-1974 15vols Index Kewensis Plantarum Phanerogamarum Dictionary Plants Kew
1959-1974 15vols Index Kewensis Plantarum Phanerogamarum Dictionary Plants Kew

Price: £600.00

A set of the first 15 supplements of Index Kewensis. The first eleven volumes are reprints from the original sheets of the first edition. Each volume lists the plants from Kew Gardens over the time span of five years. Each work is...

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1960 3vol Handbook Succulent Plants First English Edition Slipcase
1960 3vol Handbook Succulent Plants First English Edition Slipcase

Price: £170.00

for Succulents Other Than Cactaceae. By Hermann Jacobson; Hildegard Raabe (trans) ...

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1960 A Supplement to Elwes' Monograph of the Genus Lilium Part VIII W B Turrill
1960 A Supplement to Elwes' Monograph of the Genus Lilium Part VIII W B Turrill

Price: £170.00

A fascinating illustrated publication from the Royal Horticultural Society.In a folio size, this text has five beautiful colour lithographic illustrated plates by Margaret Stones.Limited edition, one of 1,000 copies...

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1962 Rhododendrons of the World and How to Grow Them Leach First Edition
1962 Rhododendrons of the World and How to Grow Them Leach First Edition

Price: £24.99

A lavishly illustrated comprehensive guide to rhododendrons. Covering; planting, care, diseases, propagation, forcing, greenhouse culture and hardiness. Illustrated throughout with drawings, diagrams and maps by the well known...

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1962 Rhododendrons of the World David G. Leach First Edition Dustwrapper Illus
1962 Rhododendrons of the World David G. Leach First Edition Dustwrapper Illus

Price: £35.00

A first edition copy of this work celebrating the Rhododendron. A delightful work of horticultural interest, this copy is held in the original unclipped dustwrapper. First edition. The work...

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1962 TROPICAL PLANTS FRENCH Index Plesch glassine DJ
1962 TROPICAL PLANTS FRENCH  Index Plesch glassine DJ

Price: £79.99

Imitation leatherbound volume with gilt title to the front board and spine, original spiderweb patterned glassine dustjacket, and six colour plates. Dr rpd Plesch (1889-1974) was a Hungarian lawyer, international financier, and...

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1962 TROPICAL PLANTS Index FRENCH Plesch glassine D/J
1962 TROPICAL PLANTS Index FRENCH Plesch glassine D/J

Price: £59.99

Imitation leatherbound volume with gilt title to the front board and spine, original spiderweb patterned glassine dustjacket, and six colour plates. Dr rpd Plesch (1889-1974) was a Hungarian lawyer, international financier, and...

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1962 WB Turrill A Supplement to Elwes Monograph on the Genus Lilium Part IX
1962 WB Turrill A Supplement to Elwes Monograph on the Genus Lilium Part IX

Price: £90.00

A fascinating publication from the Royal Horticultural Society.In a folio size, this text has five beautifully illustrated plates by Margaret Stones.Limited edition, one of 500 copies printed in letterpress and colour lithography.This...

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1964 Gerard's Herball Marcus Woodward Illustrated Facsimile
1964 Gerard's Herball Marcus Woodward Illustrated Facsimile

Price: £48.00

A facsimile copy of Gerard's Herball, reprinted from the edition of Th. Johnson of 1636.Containing many chapters on the properties of different plants such as Mandrake, sunflowers, star-wort and more.

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1965 The Glory of the Rose Lotte Gunthart Gottfreid Boesch Colour Plates First
1965 The Glory of the Rose Lotte Gunthart Gottfreid Boesch Colour Plates First

Price: £55.00

The first English edition of this study of different species of roses.Illustrated with beautiful colour plates. Translated from the German by Susan McConaghy.

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1967 Ericas In Southern Africa First Edition Col. H A Baker E Oliver Dustwrapper
1967 Ericas In Southern Africa First Edition Col. H A Baker E Oliver Dustwrapper

Price: £80.00

A first edition copy of this work of horticulture by Colonel H. A. Baker and E. G. H. Oliver. This volume offers an in-depth exploration of this genus of plants. A first edition copy of this...

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1969 Flora of Phulchoki and Godawari First Limited Edition Scarce Dustwrapper
1969 Flora of Phulchoki and Godawari First Limited Edition Scarce Dustwrapper

Price: £65.00

A scarce first edition copy of this fascinating volume on the angiospermic and gymnospermic plants local to Phulchoki and Godawari. Copiously illustrated throughout with black and white illustrations....

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1970 Select Orchidaceous Plants 1862 Robert Warner Illustrated Plates Reprint
1970 Select Orchidaceous Plants 1862 Robert Warner Illustrated Plates Reprint

Price: £39.99

A bright collection of beautiful, large illustrations of orchids. Ten plates in total, all in lovely

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1971 Capability Brown Humphrey Repton First Edition Hyams Illustrated
1971 Capability Brown Humphrey Repton First Edition Hyams Illustrated

Price: £40.00

A lovely first edition copy of this fascinating study of the renowned English landscape designers of the eighteenth century, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, by Edward Hyams. Lancelot Brown,...

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1973 John Ray Synopsis Methodica Stirium Britannicarum Linnaeus Flora Anglica
1973 John Ray Synopsis Methodica Stirium Britannicarum Linnaeus Flora Anglica

Price: £45.00

A fascinating collection of facsimiles from the eighteenth century, written by two of the centuries most influential botanists, those being Carl Linnaeus and John Ray Written in the original...

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1973 Wild Flowers of Cyprus Desmond Mikle Elektra Megaw Illustrated Colour Plate
1973 Wild Flowers of Cyprus Desmond Mikle Elektra Megaw Illustrated Colour Plate

Price: £160.00

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1975 2vol Sale of the Magnificent Botanical Library Stiftun Fur Botanki Sotheby
1975 2vol Sale of the Magnificent Botanical Library Stiftun Fur Botanki Sotheby

Price: £29.99

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1975 3vol British Botanical Literature Before 1900 Blanche Henrey Slipcase
1975 3vol British Botanical Literature Before 1900 Blanche Henrey Slipcase

Price: £340.00

A history of British gardening literature published before the nineteenth century. With many illustrations throughout, many of which are coloured. Volume I: The Sixeenth and Seventeenth Century Volume II: The Eighteenth Century...

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1975 3vols British Botanical and Horticultural Literature Blanche Henrey Illus
1975 3vols British Botanical and Horticultural Literature Blanche Henrey Illus

Price: £150.00

A fascinating work of horticultural and botanical history by the eminent writer, Blanche Henrey. A handsome set, complete in three volume and held in a slipcase Complete in three volumes. ...

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1975 Variae ac Multiformes Florum Diverses Fleurs N Robert Hand Coloured Plates
1975 Variae ac Multiformes Florum Diverses Fleurs N Robert Hand Coloured Plates

Price: £290.00

A beautiful hand-coloured facsimile reproduction of Nicholas Robert's floral illustrations. Limited to 500 copies, of which this is hand-numbered 2. Signed by the artist, Yvonne Skargon.

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1976-1980 4vols Trees and Shrubs Bean Illustrated Dustwrapper
1976-1980 4vols Trees and Shrubs Bean Illustrated Dustwrapper

Price: £148.00

An eighth edition revised copy of William Jackson Bean's fascinating reference work on British tree and shrubs, widely renowned as the standard reference work for woody plants grown in Britain today. ...

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1977 Darwin and his Flowers Mea Allan First Edition Illustrated Dustwrapper
1977 Darwin and his Flowers Mea Allan First Edition Illustrated Dustwrapper

Price: £34.00

A lovely first edition copy of Mea Allan's 'Darwin and His Flowers', complete with the original unclipped dustwrapper. An extensively illustrated biography of the great British naturalist Charles...

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1978 Flora Tsinlingensis Bryophyta Instituto Botanico Boreali-Occidentali
1978 Flora Tsinlingensis Bryophyta Instituto Botanico Boreali-Occidentali

Price: £120.00

A rare work of botany created by the Institute of Botany in the Academy of North-West China. Tomus III, written in Chinese, with Latin index. Extensively illustrated throughout with various diagrams, and photographic...

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1979 Flower Paintings Katharine Saunders Bayer First Edition Illustrated
1979 Flower Paintings Katharine Saunders Bayer First Edition Illustrated

Price: £85.00

A fascinating collection and study of the flower paintings of the renowned botanical illustrator Katharine Saunders, containing botanical and biographical notes by A. Bayer. A first edition...

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1981 Curtis's Flower Garden Displayed Tyler Whittle Christopher Cook Illus
1981 Curtis's Flower Garden Displayed Tyler Whittle Christopher Cook Illus

Price: £40.00

A delightful volume, profusely illustrated throughout with a vast range of flora and fauna. Held in the original dustwrapper, this work is ideal for those with a interest in plants and gardening ...

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1981 The Book of Magnolias Neil G Treseder Colour Plates Majorie Blamey
1981 The Book of Magnolias Neil G Treseder Colour Plates Majorie Blamey

Price: £120.00

A history of magnolias from Neil G. Treseder.First edition.Illustrated throughout with numerous coloured plates by Marjorie Blamey. Including tips of propagation and breeding, flowers and fruits, and more.

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1982 Flora Europaea Check-List Chromosome D.M. Moore Dustwrapper First Ed.
1982 Flora Europaea Check-List Chromosome D.M. Moore Dustwrapper First Ed.

Price: £45.00

A first edition volume exploring the biology of plant life throughout Europe. Held in the original clipped dustwrapper, this is a lovely example of this useful botanical work. First Edition....

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1987 Flora of The British Isles Clapham Tutin Moore Reference Gardening Third Ed
1987 Flora of The British Isles Clapham Tutin Moore Reference Gardening Third Ed

Price: £30.00

A comprehensive reference work documenting and exploring the plant life of Great Britain, exploring the diversity of flora found across the country. Third edition. This particular edition...

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1987 The Englishman's Flora Grigson Facsimile Edition Dustwrapper Illustrated
1987 The Englishman's Flora Grigson Facsimile Edition Dustwrapper Illustrated

Price: £49.00

A lovely copy of this fascinating authoritative and copiously illustrated work on the flora of Britain, by the renowned British poet, writer, editor, critic, anthologist and naturalist Geoffrey Grigson. ...

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1988 Flora And Vegetation of County Durham G Gordon Graham Dustwrapper First Ed
1988 Flora And Vegetation of County Durham G Gordon Graham Dustwrapper First Ed

Price: £35.00

A first edition copy work of horticulture written by G. Gordon Graham, with numerous map and illustrations throughout. An interesting look at the bio-diversity of the county of Durham. First...

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1988 Plants of Dhofar Miller Morris Stuart-Smith Colour Plates Dustwrapper 1st
1988 Plants of Dhofar Miller Morris Stuart-Smith Colour Plates Dustwrapper 1st

Price: £380.00

The first edition of this colourfully illustrated work on the plants in Dhofar, illustrated by Susanna Stuart-Smith, and written by Anthony G. Miller and Miranda Morris. Held in the original unclipped dustwrapper. ...

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1991 Architecture of Western Gardens Mosser Teyssot Dustwrapper
1991 Architecture of Western Gardens Mosser Teyssot Dustwrapper

Price: £90.00

A fascinating collection of over seventy essay on garden design from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century from renowned scholars from Europe and America. This work has been organised...

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1991 Field Guide Orchids of Britain and Europe Buttler Colour Illustrated
1991 Field Guide Orchids of Britain and Europe Buttler Colour Illustrated

Price: £20.00

A charming copy of Karl Peter Buttler's comprehensive field guide to the orchids of Britain and Europe. Providing comprehensive and highly detailed accounts of each of the two hundred and sixteen...

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1992 Japonica Magnifica Don Elick and Raymond Booth Coloured Plates Botany
1992 Japonica Magnifica Don Elick and Raymond Booth Coloured Plates Botany

Price: £285.00

A first edition of this study of Japanese flowers from Don Elick and Raymond Booth.With many beautiful colour illustrations throughout. Including chapters such as Boreal Immigrants, Above the Forest, Snow Country and more.

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1994-2006 10Vol Flora Bryophytarum Sinicorum Chinese Academy of Sciences
1994-2006 10Vol Flora Bryophytarum Sinicorum Chinese Academy of Sciences

Price: £525.00

A fascinating collection of botany, from the Council Floratarum Cryptogamarum, within the Chinese Academy. Written in Chinese, with English preface's and Latin index. Including volume one focusing on Sphagnales Andreaeales...

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1996 Pomona's Harvest Janson First Edition Dustwrapper Illustrated
1996 Pomona's Harvest Janson First Edition Dustwrapper Illustrated

Price: £40.00

A lovely first edition copy of this fascinating and copiously illustrated history of books about fruit from antiquity to the Industrial Revolution by H. Frederic Janson. The first part of this...

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2000 Ancient Roman Gardens by Linda Farrar History Illustrated Colour Plates
2000 Ancient Roman Gardens by Linda Farrar History Illustrated Colour Plates

Price: £25.99

An interesting book on ancient Roman horticulture. First edition thus. Illustrated throughout and with many full-colour plates.

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c.1890 Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Garden Flowers Illustrated Wood
c.1890 Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Garden Flowers Illustrated Wood

Price: £25.00

A charming and uncommon horticulture and gardening book published in 1884 by the English natural history writer John Wood. Originally dedicating his life to the church, serving as a curate of...

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c.1930 Colour Schemes Flower Garden Jekyll Illustrated Folding Plates Colour
c.1930 Colour Schemes Flower Garden Jekyll Illustrated Folding Plates Colour

Price: £24.00

An uncommon seventh edition copy of Gertrude Jekyll's 'Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden', copiously illustrated throughout. Gertrude Jekyll was a British horticulturist, garden designer,...

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c.1930 W. R. Dykes Dykes on Irises Dillistone Illustrated First Edition
c.1930 W. R. Dykes Dykes on Irises Dillistone Illustrated First Edition

Price: £30.00

A charming uncommon first edition copy of 'Dykes on Irises', containing the works of William Rickatson Dykes from the last twenty years of the botanist's life. William Rickatson Dykes was an...

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c1825 2Vol Encyclopedia Gardening Illustrated Loudon Horticulture Floriculture
c1825 2Vol Encyclopedia Gardening Illustrated Loudon Horticulture Floriculture

Price: £175.00

A thoroughly illustrated two volume encyclopedia of gardening from one of the most distinguished gardening authors of the age.Numerous illustrations throughout depicting garden plans, plants and machinery with tables of expenses for...

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c1870 British Ferns and their Allies Moore Colour Illustrated
c1870 British Ferns and their Allies Moore Colour Illustrated

Price: £24.00

A fascinating study of British ferns by the renowned British gardener and botanist Thomas Moore, commonly known as the authority on ferns and fern allies. An abridgment of the "Popular...

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c1875 Practical GARDENER Horticulture James ANDERSON
c1875 Practical GARDENER Horticulture James ANDERSON

Price: £225.00

A comprehensive guide to gardening with lovely colour illustrations. With thirty-nine plates, collated complete.

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c1875 Villa Gardening by A Practical Hand Planting Small Gardens Illus Scarce
c1875 Villa Gardening by A Practical Hand Planting Small Gardens Illus Scarce

Price: £140.00

A very scarce handbook to the management of small gardens.With thirteen figures spread out over 9 plates, and illustrations in the text.Dated from original publisher's advertisements to front and rear, which are dated 1875.A short,...

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c1879 Alpine Plants Painted from Nature Joseph Seboth A W Bennett First Series
c1879 Alpine Plants Painted from Nature Joseph Seboth A W Bennett First Series

Price: £60.00

A comprehensive work on Alpine Plants. Illustrated throughout, with all illustrations by Joseph Seboth. With a frontispiece and 100 coloured plates illustrating several plants.Each plate has accompanying text written by F...

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c1880 A Tour Round My Garden Alphonse Karr New Edition Wood Harvey Illustrated
c1880 A Tour Round My Garden Alphonse Karr New Edition Wood Harvey Illustrated

Price: £37.00

An English translation of Alphonse Karr's charming work on his garden; revised and edited by the prolific natural history writer John George Wood. This work was first published in 1845 in French...

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c1889 12vol Beeton's Illustrated Gardening Book Illustratred Engravings Scarce
c1889 12vol Beeton's Illustrated Gardening Book Illustratred Engravings Scarce

Price: £230.00

A scarce set of Beeton's illustrated Gardening Book in the original parts with wrappers 12 of 13 parts, lacking part 3. With the coloured plate to part 1 as called for. Scarce, especially...

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c1900 Gardens Old and New The Country House Garden Environment Illustrated
c1900 Gardens Old and New The Country House Garden Environment Illustrated

Price: £140.00

A pleasing copy of this beautiful and copiously illustrated study of notable English country homes and their gardens. This copy is undated, dated using Copac. Copiously illustrated throughout...

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c1906 5vols Familiar Wild Flowers F Edward Hulme Illustrated Morocco Binding
c1906 5vols Familiar Wild Flowers F Edward Hulme Illustrated Morocco Binding

Price: £300.00

The first to fifth series of this famous horticultural work, 'Familiar Wild Flowers'. Beautifully illustrated throughout, with coloured plates providing examples of the various plants. Rebound,...

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c1910 Jerusalem Fleurs de Terre Sainte Flowers of the Holy Land Heiligen
c1910 Jerusalem Fleurs de Terre Sainte Flowers of the Holy Land Heiligen

Price: £120.00

A unique work holding delicately tipped-in pressed flowers native to jerusalem. Collated complete, with the original twelve pressed arrangements, though some parts of the flowers are absent.

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c1910 The Charm of Gardens Dion Clayton Calthrop Otto Schulz Colour Plates
c1910 The Charm of Gardens Dion Clayton Calthrop Otto Schulz Colour Plates

Price: £84.99

A collection of whimsical reminiscences and tales from Dion Clayton Calthrop. Illustrated throughout with numerous coloured plates. Bound by Otto Schulze and Co. (binder's stamp to front pastedown).

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c1912 Perpetual FLOWERING CARNATION
c1912 Perpetual FLOWERING CARNATION

Price: £34.99

A poetic and passionate ode to a specific breed of this 'Divine Flower', the perpetual flowering carnation, by a keen specialist. Containing advice, history, and information about different systems of cultivation,...

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c1920 Flowers of the Field Johns Eleventh Impression Colour Illustrated
c1920 Flowers of the Field Johns Eleventh Impression Colour Illustrated

Price: £40.00

A copiously illustrated copy of Charles Alexander Johns's renowned work 'Flowers of the Field', that was often referred to as the "the bible of the amateur botanist". Charles Alexander...

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c1927 Common British Wildflowers Easily Named T Ernest Waltham Illustrated
c1927 Common British Wildflowers Easily Named T Ernest Waltham Illustrated

Price: £45.00

An instructional and useful work on British wildflowers in a lovely binding Illustrated throughout, with numerous vignette drawings of various flowers by the author. In a lovely full calf binding....

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c1931 The Scented Garden Eleanour Sinclair Rohde Illustrated Undated First Ed
c1931 The Scented Garden Eleanour Sinclair Rohde Illustrated Undated First Ed

Price: £40.00

A horticultural work by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde.With a photograph frontispiece of 'Fresco from the Garden-Room of the Villa Livia'. Undated, presumed first edition as later editions have date stated.Eleanour Sinclair Rohde was a British...

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c1940 Fruit and its Cultivation by T. W. Sanders Fifth Edition Illustrated
c1940 Fruit and its Cultivation by T. W. Sanders Fifth Edition Illustrated

Price: £49.99

An illustrated, fifth edition of this gardening reference book. Revised by A. J. Macself. "This work covers a wealth of information regarding the Culture of all kinds of Hardy Fruit, including Planting, Pruning, Propagation, and...

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c1980 Reprint Hortus Eystettensis Sive Diligens Accurata Collectarum Plantarum
c1980 Reprint Hortus Eystettensis Sive Diligens Accurata Collectarum Plantarum

Price: £150.00

A unique facsimile reprint of Besler's earliest illustrated botanical study.Illustrated title page with numerous illustrated plates throughout.   Basil Besler worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings...

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