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Image for A Voyage to China and the East Indies. Together with A Voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen and An Account of the Chinese Husbandry by Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg.; to which are added, a faunula ad florula sinensis

A Voyage to China and the East Indies. Together with A Voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen and An Account of the Chinese Husbandry by Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg.; to which are added, a faunula ad florula sinensis

By: Osbeck, Peter (Pehr) [Translated by John Reinhold Forster]

Price: £1,575.00

Publisher: Horace's Head, Fleet Street, London, Benjamin White: 1771

Edition: First English edition

Seller ID: 015371

Condition: Very Good


First English edition. Two volumes, 13 engraved plates (of which 11 are of plants), pp xx, 396; 367, (35), lacking the half-titles, a general age-toning throughout, a few very minor marginal tears, there is some marginal staining in the second volume which I would not call offensive, otherwise this is a very good wide-margined copy, uncut and unpressed; bound in a recent full panelled calf, blind-stamped, raised bands on the spines with a red labels, very good. [Osbeck (1723 - 1805) was a Swedish explorer, naturalist and an apostle of Carl Linnaeus. He was born in the parish of Hålanda on Vä... View more info

The Kew Magazine ( Curtis's Botanical Magazine) Volume 6 Part 4 - includes Plant Hunting in the Mountains of Ecuador

By: Porter, Colin (et al)

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Oxford, Basil Blackwood for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: 1989

Seller ID: 007422

Condition: Very Good


Colin Porter's article runs to 10 pages and is illustrated with line drawings. The rest of the part is made up of six plant portraits illustrated with fine botanical plates (the species illustrated are Glaucium flavum, Kleinia saginata, Phragmipedium besseae. Skimmia x confuse 'Chelsea Physick', Cirsium subcoriaceum and Medusagyne oppositifolia). Paperback, 52 pages, a very good copy. View more info

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Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. Volume LIII Part 2.

By: Praeger, R. Lloyd; J.G. Millais;W.W. Pettigrew; Dorothy Gardiner; Lady Cecil; F.W. Millard; D. Fyfe Maxwell; F.J. Chittenden (Editor)

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, RHS: 1928

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 015512

Condition: Very Good


Illustrated, large octavo, pp (224, 83), (+ period advertisements), paperback, covers slightly worn and browned. [An example of the great period of RHS Journal publication - articles include Harley on meconopsis and gentians at Devonhall, Hales on horticulture in the tropics, Fyfe Maxwell on hardy heaths, Millard on rock garden plants at "Camla" Felbridge, Praeger on hunting sempervivums, Millais on magnolias, Gardiner on the Tradescants and their times, and other articles on Beamish at Albrighton, municipal gardens, willows, control of insect pests, and reports of the Wisley trials on... View more info

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Plant Hunting in Europe (with privately produced index)

By: Roger-Smith, Hugh

Price: £6.50

Publisher: Bedford, Rush & Warwick: 1951

Seller ID: 010410

Condition: Good


Illustrated, slim 8vo, pp 80, cloth a bit spotted, in a slightly age-toned dustwrapper. [Complete with privately produced index, to plants and places, typed and photocopied.] View more info

Image for The Kew Magazine Volume 6 part 2 (incorporating Curtis's Botanical Magazine) - includes 'The Betula Collection at Wakehurst Place' & 'The Little Lost Dogwood of Frank Kingdon Ward'

The Kew Magazine Volume 6 part 2 (incorporating Curtis's Botanical Magazine) - includes 'The Betula Collection at Wakehurst Place' & 'The Little Lost Dogwood of Frank Kingdon Ward'

By: Schilling, Tony; Eyde, Richard & Ferguson Keith

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Basil Blackwell for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: 1989

Seller ID: 009052

Condition: New


Illustrated, pp (43), paperback, a very good copy. [Schilling's article on the Birches runs to ten pages and includes two fine watercolour plates by Jill Coombs. Four other colour plates, by Valerie Price, Ann Farrer and Victoria Goaman, show Eucomus schijffii, Mahonia russellii, Amphisiphon stylosa and Allium virgunculae. Finally, the Kingdon-Ward article runs to ten pages.] View more info

Image for Geoecological Research Vol 3:  Exploration in the Eastern Himalayas and the River Gorge Country of Southeastern Tibet: Francis (Frank) Kingdon Ward (1885-1958) - An Annotated Bibliography

Geoecological Research Vol 3: Exploration in the Eastern Himalayas and the River Gorge Country of Southeastern Tibet: Francis (Frank) Kingdon Ward (1885-1958) - An Annotated Bibliography

By: Schweinfurth, Ulrich & Schweinfurth-Marby, Heidrun

Price: £85.00

Publisher: Wiesbaden, Franz Steiner: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013049

ISBN: 3515021485

Condition: Very Good


Portrait frontispiece, pp (4), 119, octavo, paperback, [LACKING BOTH MAPS], a tiny tear to the spine head, otherwise a very good clean copy. EXTREMELY SCARCE. View more info

Image for Expedition to South-West Arabia, 1937-8.  List and brief Description of Collecting Stations.  Revised List of Mr Philby's Collecting Stations (1937-7), with corrections and additions

Expedition to South-West Arabia, 1937-8. List and brief Description of Collecting Stations. Revised List of Mr Philby's Collecting Stations (1937-7), with corrections and additions

By: Scott, Hugh & Britton, E.B.

Price: £4.00

Publisher: London, British Museum (Natural History):

Seller ID: 015576

Condition: Good


[1941-1957]. Photo copies, slim octavo, pp (14), (6), one folding map. Unbound, with paper spines. {Postage will be reduced} View more info

Seeds of Fortune - a gardening Dynasty

By: SHEPHARD, Sue

Price: £9.50

Publisher: Bloomsbury Books (Godfrey Cave Associates): 2003

Seller ID: 004003

ISBN: 1582342563


Illustrated, pp xx, 300, a very good copy in dustwrapper. [The story of the Veitches, and their nursery empire.] View more info

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The Valley of Flowers

By: Smythe, Frank S.

Price: £11.50

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013575

Condition: Good


First edition. Illustrated, octavo, pp xiv, 322, a little age-toned throughout, very slight foxing, endpapers slightly marked, two names on front endpaper have been blocked out in ink, cloth a little worn and rubbed. View more info

Image for Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes  being records of travel on the Amazon and its tributaries the Trombetas Rio Negro Uaupes Casiquiari Pacimoni Huallaga and Pastasa as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco along the eastern side of the  Andes

Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes being records of travel on the Amazon and its tributaries the Trombetas Rio Negro Uaupes Casiquiari Pacimoni Huallaga and Pastasa as also to the cataracts of the Orinoco along the eastern side of the Andes

By: Spruce, Richard (edited by Alfred Russel Wallace)

Price: £595.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan & Co Ltd: 1908

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013044

Condition: Good


Two volumes, illustrated, 7 maps, pp lii, 518; xii, 542, hinge at first title page slightly cracked, slight age-toning throughout, endpapers foxed, cloth slightly worn and rubbed, spines slightly worn, with a tear to the base of the spine on the second volume and a small bruise to the spine of the first. [With the bookplate of the poet and author Leolyn Louise Everett]. View more info

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Die botanischen Ergebnisse der Polak'schen Expedition nach Persien im Jahre 1882 : plantae collectae a Dre. J. E. Polak et Th. Pichler

By: Stapf, Otto

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Vienna1885, Karl Gerold's Sohn:

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014050

Condition: Fair


Two parts, quarto, pp 71; 77, (3), uncut, contents a little age-toned but sound, the original wrappers very worn and detached. RARE. From the library of the botanist and Director of Kew Gardens, W.B. Turrill, with his faint signature on the upper cover. [Polak studied Medicine in Prague and Vienna. He was one of the six Austrian teachers invited by Amir Kabir, the Persian chief minister, as the instructors of Dar ul-Fonun, the first modern higher education institution in Iran. By his own account, he entered Iran on 24 November 1851, before the inauguration of the Dar ul-Fonun. From 1851 to 1... View more info

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Beiträge zur Flora von Lycien, Carien und Mesopotamien : plantae collectae a Dre. Felix Luschen ann. 1881, 1882, 1883

By: Stapf, Otto

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Vienna, Karl Gerold's Sohn: 1885

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014051

Condition: Good


Two parts, quarto, pp 47, (iii); 39, uncut, contents a little marked and age-toned but sound, the original wrappers rather worn, chipped and frayed. RARE. From the library of the botanist and Director of Kew Gardens, W.B. Turrill, with his very faint signature on the upper cover. [Felix Ritter von Luschan was an Austrian doctor, anthropologist, explorer, archaeologist and ethnographer. ] View more info

The Kew Magazine ( Curtis's Botanical Magazine) Volume 6 Part 1 - includes The Genus Stenoglottis, Botanizing in Greenland, & Bromeliads Threatened by Trade

By: Stewart, Joyce; Read, Mike; Simpson, David; Taylor, Nigel P.

Price: £6.00

Publisher: Oxford, Basil Blackwood for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: 1989

Seller ID: 007423

Condition: Very Good


Joyce Stewart's article runs to 13 pages and is illustrated with four botanical plates and some line drawings. Two other plates are plant portraits of Rosa glauca and Acacia pataczekii. Mike Read contributes an article on 'Bromeliads Threatened by Trade', and David Simpson on 'Botanizing in North-east Greenland' . Paperback, 48 pages, a very good copy. View more info

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Margaret Mee - Return to the Amazon

By: Stiff, Ruth; Prance, Ghillean; Lucas, Grenville; Mayo, Simon; Burbidge, Brinsley

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: 1996

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013830

ISBN: 0112501133

Condition: Good


Well illustrated, tall quarto, pp viii, 201, top corner of pages very slightly curled, paperback, covers age-toned at the margins, slightly worn. [Catalogue of an extensive exhibition which toured for eighteen months throughout North America. Detailed descriptions and extensive introductory essays.] View more info

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Mountains of the Moon - an expedition to the Equatorial Mountains of Afriva

By: Synge, P.M.

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, The Travel Book Club & Lindsay Drummond Ltd: 1938

Seller ID: 013577

Condition: Good


Illustrated, octavo, pp xxiv, 221, very slght foxing to the fore-edge, a small neat contemporary signature and date on the front endpaper, otherwise extremely clean internally, cloth a little marked and age-toned, spine slightly faded. [The illustrations are atmospheric sepia photographic plates.]. View more info

Image for Mountains of the Moon - an expedition to the Equatorial Mountains of Afriva

Mountains of the Moon - an expedition to the Equatorial Mountains of Afriva

By: Synge, P.M.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: London, Lindsay Drummond Ltd: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014797

Condition: Good


First edition. Illustrated with two mounted colour plates and many atmospheric collotype plates from photographs, octavo, pp xxiv, 221, a short manuscript note on the rear endpaper, traces of an owner's name and bookplate on the front endpapers, the frontispiece is a little wrinkled, otherwise very clean internally, green cloth slightly marked and worn, the spine head is pulled with two small tears. The scarce first edition. View more info

Image for The Kew Magazine ( Curtis's Botanical Magazine) Volume 4 Part 4 - includes The Genus Skimmia

The Kew Magazine ( Curtis's Botanical Magazine) Volume 4 Part 4 - includes The Genus Skimmia

By: Taylor, Nigel P.

Price: £5.50

Publisher: The Bentham-Moxon Trust in association with Collingridge Books: 1987

Seller ID: 007424

Condition: Very Good


Nigel Taylor's article runs to 25 pages and is illustrated with two botanical plates and some line drawings. The other four plates are plant portraits of Helleborus x nigricors 'Alabaster', Paphiopedilum malipoense, Chamaedorea metallica and Rhododendron pleianthemum. William T. Stearn contributes an Allium article - "A Paradoxical Onion". Paperback, 56 pages, a very good copy. View more info

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Rhododendron Society Notes Volume III Numbers 3 and 5

By: The Rhododendron Society. (edited by J.B. Stevenson) [E.H. Wilson]. [Kingdon Ward].

Price: £9.00

Publisher: Edinburgh,

Seller ID: 000371

Condition: Very Good


Vol III numbers 3 and 5, (1929-1931). (c. 120 pp), very clean internally, quarto, paperbacks, covers slightly age-toned and a little worn, but very good copies. (Includes an address by Kingdon Ward, an account of Farrer's expedition of 1924-5, E.H. Wilson's identification of Rhodos collected by Rock 1924-27, an obituary of Forrest by Wright Smith, and one of E.H. Wilson by Balfour, together with notes on Rhodos at Headfort, Lamellen, Scorier, Rostrevor, Wakehurst, Trewidden and Lochinch). SCARCE. View more info

Image for List of Published Names of Plants Introduced to Cultivation: 1876 to 1890  [Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Additional Series IV]

List of Published Names of Plants Introduced to Cultivation: 1876 to 1890 [Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Additional Series IV]

By: Thiselton-Dyer, W.T. (introduction)

Price: £50.00

Publisher: London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office: 1900

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014129

Condition: Good


Octavo, pp x, 410, age-toned, slightly weak internally, front and rear hinges cracking, cloth-backed boards a little worn and rubbed. Extremely scarce. [Brief descriptions are given, with references to illustrations, country of origin and any synonyms. The work covers a time of intense and important plant introduction.] View more info

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The Land of the Blue Poppy - Travels of a Naturalist in Eastern Tibet

By: Ward, F. Kingdon

Price: £585.00

Publisher: Cambridge at the University Press: 1913

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 014096

Condition: Good


First edition. Illustrated with a frontispiece and 39 plates, five maps (of which three are folding), pp xii, 283, (i), some age-toning and marking throughout, upper corner bumped and bruised throughout, blue-green cloth bumped at the corners, a little marked, the upper cover with a faint crease (which also shows on the front endpaper) and a very faint impression which suggests it might have had a label at one time (possibly a circulating library ? - but there are no other marks), the spine faded, a bit frayed at the head and tail. VERY SCARCE. View more info