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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. 8vo (19.1 x 14.7 cm); 56 pp.

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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.

    ID#: 16375
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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.” Five separate cards, four signed in pen; one dated 1964. One card contains the signed messsage opposite the card’s printed message; all are identified as being issued from East Lambrook Manor. The cards vary in size from 17.2 x 12.2 cm to 14 x 8.9 cm and are printed in black and white.

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    In very good condition.

    ID#: 16399
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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 28 x 24 cm; 28…

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    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 28 x 24 cm; 28 p. with yellow printed boarders, including 12 full page plates of illustrations in color.

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    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.

    ID#: 16372
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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. Oblong 4to (24.6 x 32); 64 (+ 2) pp. with numerous illustrations + 13 color tinted plates from photographs.

    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."

    ID#: 16382
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  • REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN. by (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    (FARRAND, Beatrix)
    REEF POINT GARDENS BULLETIN.

    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own…

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    First collected edition. Reef Point on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, was built for Farrand's family in 1883. The gardens and library were eventually opened to the public, and when her husband died in 1945 Beatrix established the Max Farrand Memorial Fund to expand the activities of the gardens and library. For this organization she wrote and published 16 issues of the Reef Point Gardens Bulletin and included in it a variety of articles on horticulture and natural history, in general, and the gardens and grounds of Reef Point in particular. The Reef Point Garden horticulturist, Amy Magdalene Garland, also contributed articles to the bulletins. The bulletins were collected (together with the unpublished 17th bulletin in which Farrand writes her own memorial) and issued in 1963 as a tribute. 8vo (22.6 x 15 cm); 116 pp. (unpaginated) with numerous text illustrations from photographs and with plans.

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    Original cloth backed, paper covered boards in original glassine wrapper.

    ID#: 16379
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  • A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. by Laurence, John.
    Laurence, John.
    A NEW SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURE. Being A Complete Body of Husbandry and Gardening In all the Parts of them. Viz. Husbandry in the FIELD, And Its Several Improvements...In FIVE BOOKS...

    First edition. Laurence’s “most ambitious literary project...” (Henrey p. 421). With a handsome etched frontispiece by van de Gucht showing the Prince of Wales’s Richmond Lodge or Ormonde Lodge. The work is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline to George II, who would eventually improve Richmond Lodge with Charles Bridgeman.. The lodge no longer exists. (Henrey,p. 421 ). Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence), who bears the distinction of having written the first original eighteenth century treatise on gardening, THE CLERGY-MAN’S RECREATION, 1714, was rector at Yelverton in Northhamptonshire where he turned an unpromising patch into a thriving fruit garden over the course of 20 years. The first book in this ambitious work concerns every aspect of agriculture from…

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    First edition. Laurence’s “most ambitious literary project...” (Henrey p. 421). With a handsome etched frontispiece by van de Gucht showing the Prince of Wales’s Richmond Lodge or Ormonde Lodge. The work is dedicated to the Princess of Wales, later Queen Caroline to George II, who would eventually improve Richmond Lodge with Charles Bridgeman.. The lodge no longer exists. (Henrey,p. 421 ). Laurence (sometimes spelled Lawrence), who bears the distinction of having written the first original eighteenth century treatise on gardening, THE CLERGY-MAN’S RECREATION, 1714, was rector at Yelverton in Northhamptonshire where he turned an unpromising patch into a thriving fruit garden over the course of 20 years. The first book in this ambitious work concerns every aspect of agriculture from dung to brickmaking. Book II describes the characteristics and uses of a great variety of forest trees, timber trees, evergreens and flowering shrubs, all suitable for growing in England without “housing”. Book Three is about the subject for which the author is perhaps best known, fruit culture. Book IV : the kitchen garden. Book V is devoted to the flower garden and includes “A complete catalogue of Flowers great and small perannual (sic) or annual, usually known or propagated in England, either in the naked Ground or Hotbed.” With seven engraved printer’s ornaments by Francis Hoffman. Henrey 945; Hunt 466; Johnson, A HISTORY OF ENGLISH GARDENING p. 156. Folio ( 34.4 x 21.2 cm); (xxiv) + 456 (i.e. 452) pp. + etched frontispiece + 2 copperplate engravings (with 3 impressions); with 7 engraved printer’s ornaments by F. Hoffman.

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    Original full leather boards with double gilt ruling, very skillfully rebacked in full leather with gilt ruled raised bands and what is probably the original gilt-lettered title piece; original front pastedown preserved with two bookplates (Hare of Docking, Esq. and L.K. Elmhurst); free endpaper and following blank recent and well-matched; much faded old damp-staining (washed?) appearing in upper margins of some pages, only occasionally appearing in text, at rear pages. The name Charles Martin written in faded ink on title page. A well preserved copy.

    ID#: 16219
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  • (Garden Ornament)
    CATALOGUE OF PATENT TERRA COTTA ENAMELED VASES. by (D. MORIARTY, manufacturer).
    (D. MORIARTY, manufacturer).
    CATALOGUE OF PATENT TERRA COTTA ENAMELED VASES.

    A trade catalogue of curious inventions in vases with hollow interiors allowing the roots to connect directly with the ground. Also, a decorative “truck “ or tray filled with dirt for the roots to grow into is available to make the vases moveable. Some vases are available in different colored imitation granite. Those shown in color plate are available in “Red Scotch granite,” “Blue Westerly granite,” “ Dark Barre granite,” “Vermont marble” and “Green Barre granite.” Prices are included and, for extra charge, the vases could be carved “as elegantly as desired.” Not found in OCLC. Stapled oblong pamphlet, 17 x 25.5 cm.; 12 unnumbered pp. with text figures and with 5 color lithographed plates.

    Original paper covers with printed title design on upper cover; also rubber stamp indicating Grand Prize win at the World’s Fair on upper cover; on title page, two rubber stamps indicating Grand Prize award at the St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair; the faintest occasional foxing, else fine.

    ID#: 16217
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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. Tall 8vo (24.5 x 15.5 cm); color lithograph frontispiece by W.H. & L Collingridge City Press + 50 pp. with text illustrations and some full page plates.

    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.

    ID#: 16184
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  • (Gardens, Venice)
    A GARDEN IN VENICE. by EDEN, F.
    EDEN, F.
    A GARDEN IN VENICE.

    The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, “ Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight walks covered by 600-700…

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    The original edition of a first hand account of the creation, at the hands of English expatriates, of what would become a legendary Venetian garden, giardino eden, on La Guidecca in the Venetian lagoon. Located behind the Redentore, this one-time vegetable patch was transformed by Frederic (great uncle of the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden) and Carolyn Eden ( the sister of Gertrude Jekyll) into a little English pleasure ground of pollarded willows, roses, Madonna lilies, irises, etc. beginning in 1884. While importing their own native tastes, the Edens took care to respect the local character of their grounds, “ Building on formal lines made by the canals, an abandoned orchard had been crossed with straight walks covered by 600-700 yards of square-topped vine-clad pergola.” (Festing, S. GERTRUDE JEKYLL p. 154). Traditional structures and ornaments were used. Eden includes an interesting account of well-making on the island and in the garden. The prominence of the Edens in the expatriate community brought notable guests to the garden, as did the caché of later residents such as Princess Aspasia of Greece and her daughter and son-in-law, the King and Queen of Yugoslavia. Henry James, Anna de Noailles, Maurice Barres and Jean Cocteau are also associated with the spot. D’Annunzio set a scene there in his IL FUOCO. In LES DELICES DE L’ITALIE, Jean Louis Vaudoyer calls the garden “the most alluring place in the world to abandon oneself to melancholy.” (as quoted in Weal, M.T., POSTFACE; A GARDEN IN VENICE ). The garden was locked up after the death of its last occupant, but garden historian John Hall obtained entrance and wrote a description for HORTUS, Autumn 2003. “ the most alluring place...” Small 4to (23 x 18 cm); (vi) +135 + (1) pp. with decorative head and tail pieces, initial letters and text figures, from older engravings, including some from the Dream of Polyphilis, + frontispiece and 16 full page illustrations from photographs, with tissue guards, hors texte.

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    Original publisher’s decoratively embossed leather”Venetian” style, some scuffing to extremities, pictorial endpapers; apart from light scuffing, a very good copy.

    ID#: 16156
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  • (Pressed Flower Album)
    COLO. BEAUTIES (cover title). by (Anonymous)
    (Anonymous)
    COLO. BEAUTIES (cover title).

    A very well preserved souvenir album of collected Colorado wild flowers bound in a hand-painted, ribbon-tied binding. Below each of the twelve preserved specimens the plant’s popular name, botanical name and a reference (Torrey, Gray, etc) are hand-written in pen. We have seen similar, though not identical bindings for botanical collecting in Colorado, suggesting that these (blank) notebooks were available to tourists hiking the fields, meadows, etc. 19.2 x 10.7 cm; 12 leaves of heavy stock with mounted natural specimens and hand-written identifications on rectos only.

    Original hand-painted dark boards with ribbon ties, ties gently frayed, but intact; all edges gauffered and gilt; leaves with specimens fresh and clean, with only the occasional small segment of a specimen lacking.

    ID#: 16154
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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 12mo (17.5 x 10 cm); xv + (i) + (1)-91 +(3) pp. with 24 text figures, decorative vignette on title page.

    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.

    ID#: 16151
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  • (Florist's advertisment)
    L'ART DE LA FLEUR NATURELLE. by AUGUSTIN, Artiste-Fleuriste.
    AUGUSTIN, Artiste-Fleuriste.
    L'ART DE LA FLEUR NATURELLE.

    This clever and lovely Belle Epoque advertising piece for the florist, Augustin, at 108-110 Boulevard St.-Germain in Paris encloses a small oval mirror for the lady who needs to know at a glance where to order table decorations, garlands and bouquets for balls and "soirees." The piece consists of three decoratively shaped cards with color printed designs and advertising copy, front and back, tied together by a ribbon at the bottom - one fans open the cards to find the mirror at the back surrounded by color printed floral decoration. The front card is graced with a spring/summer colored illustration of a cherub sitting on fruited tree limb: here is advertised the company's greenhouses located at Petit Chateau de Champignolles,…

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    This clever and lovely Belle Epoque advertising piece for the florist, Augustin, at 108-110 Boulevard St.-Germain in Paris encloses a small oval mirror for the lady who needs to know at a glance where to order table decorations, garlands and bouquets for balls and "soirees." The piece consists of three decoratively shaped cards with color printed designs and advertising copy, front and back, tied together by a ribbon at the bottom - one fans open the cards to find the mirror at the back surrounded by color printed floral decoration. The front card is graced with a spring/summer colored illustration of a cherub sitting on fruited tree limb: here is advertised the company's greenhouses located at Petit Chateau de Champignolles, La Varenne. Also advertised are wreaths, both natural and artificial (some executed in pearls, porcelaine or dried flowers), some for the gravesite, available at a dedicated location at 77 Blvd. St.-Germain. The company announces that it maintains a permanent display of bouquets for engagements and weddings. There is also a half year calendar, January through June giving saints names with the dates and a notice of the number of increasing minutes of daylight each month through June. Three decoratively shaped cards (approx. 6 x 9 cm), color printed on recto and verso, with mirror on the last and thickest card; tied with ribbon.

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    Original color printed cards tied with original or contemporary ribbon. Fine.

    ID#: 16136
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  • TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES PLANTES DE TERRE DE BRUYERE by PAQUET, Victor.
    PAQUET, Victor.
    TRAITÉ DE LA CULTURE DES PLANTES DE TERRE DE BRUYERE Et Généralement De Tous Les Végétaux De La Nature Des Genres ERICA, EPACRIS, AZALEA, RHODODENDRUM, CAMELLIA, KALMIA, ANDROMEDA, etc.

    First edition. An uncommon handbook on the propagation of heath plants by seed, layering and cutting, for cultivation in temperate climates, in the orangerie and in the open heath. Pacquet, was a gardener, secretary of the Cercle général d'horticulture and editor of the JOURNAL D'HORTICULTURE PRATIQUE. Acknowledging Great Britain as the prolific source for heathers, Paquet proceeds to a descriptive list of over six hundred varieties, followed by chapters on cultivating varieties of azalea and rhododendrum. Chapters on older and newer varieties of camellias follow, with over 125 in a descriptive listing. The text concludes with kalmias and epicris. Erica, Azalea, Rhododendrum, Camellia... 12mo (17.6 x 10.6 cm); xx + 339 + (1) pp. + 4 pp. ads. with a small engraved text illustrations.

    Contemporary quarter art vellum back, marbled paper over boards, art vellum corners, some paper scraped away on lower cover; printed title label on spine, darkened with old ink stains, also on vellum; internally very good.

    ID#: 16132
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  • L'ART DE CULTIVER LES FLEURS ET PLANTES D'APPARTEMENTS. by ROUSSEAU, Mme. Louise.
    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. 8vo (17.2 x 11 cm); 123 + (1) pp. with wood engraved text illustrations.

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

    ID#: 16117
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  • LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS by LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LASSUS, BERNARD. IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal Award Winner, 2009.
    LES JARDINS SUSPENDUS DE COLAS

    With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare…

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    With texts by Stephan Bann, Michel Conan, John Dixon Hunt, Axel Sowa, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Franco Zagari. "...gardens have almost always foretold in advance the relationships between man and nature, and between society and nature." (Bernard Lassus) Colorful documentation of the highly imaginative garden designed by Lassus for the French motoroute company Colas's siege social in Boulogne-Billancourt, bordering Paris. In his uniquely sensitive interaction with the architecture of Pierre Riboulet, Lassus has created a world of four stages: "Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons;" "Les Jardins de Pins;" " Le Jardin de Verdure;" and "Le Jardin de l'Attente" all of which are illustrated here by Lassus's photographs, drawings, plans and elevations. Additional photographs are by Michel Biteau, Marie-Clare Bordaz, Fabien Calcavechia, Michel Conan, Andrea Koenecke, Frank Schalaster and Ferriolo Massimo Venturi. Oblong spiral bound volume, 23.2 x 27 cm.; 128 pp. profusely illusted and printed in color and in black and white. Bound in color printed plastic covers.

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    Fine.

    ID#: 16029
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  • (Parks - Iowa)
    REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS FOR EIGHTEEN YEARS, by (BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS, Davenport).
    (BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS, Davenport).
    REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS FOR EIGHTEEN YEARS, (Since Organization of Board in April, 1890)

    A history, by way of official minutes, of the Davenport city parks, including accounts of the use of Central Park and the acquistion and use of Fejervary Park. With 16 full page photographs of entrance ways, lakes, the greenhouse, the Inn at Fejervary, terraces, etc. and three of animals at the park including the Cinnamon Bears, Teddy and Carrie. Stapled pamphlet (8vo), 23.5 x 5.5 cm., 36 ff. with text and full page illustrations from photographs printed on rectos only.

    Original stiff paper covers with embossed title and design on upper cover.

    ID#: 16008
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  • (Original photographs)
    THESIS: PLANS FOR THE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS OF A RURAL HOME. by LONG, Frank C.
    LONG, Frank C.
    THESIS: PLANS FOR THE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS OF A RURAL HOME.

    An interesting original photo-illustrated typed manuscript presented for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Forestry at Ohio State University. Asserting that "the one who takes the most interest in home surrounding lays the best foundation for other undertakings," Long proposes solutions to making a country home where no previous improvements exist and discusses, to a lesser extent, conditions where old improvements are in need of change and improvement. His chapters cover: selecting the site (for convenience and beauty); laying out the grounds and arranging the buildings (outbuilding the neighbors is "an unworthy motive"); planning the country residence (convenience, beauty, economy of space and durability); grading and general improvements (re-use excavated soil and aim for luxuriant lawn and…

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    An interesting original photo-illustrated typed manuscript presented for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Forestry at Ohio State University. Asserting that "the one who takes the most interest in home surrounding lays the best foundation for other undertakings," Long proposes solutions to making a country home where no previous improvements exist and discusses, to a lesser extent, conditions where old improvements are in need of change and improvement. His chapters cover: selecting the site (for convenience and beauty); laying out the grounds and arranging the buildings (outbuilding the neighbors is "an unworthy motive"); planning the country residence (convenience, beauty, economy of space and durability); grading and general improvements (re-use excavated soil and aim for luxuriant lawn and shrubbery); planting trees and shrubs (plant common trees of the forest rather than "puffed up varieties of catalogs" and plant with an eye to the vista); designing walks, drives and entrances (no right angles!) improving older homes (the lawn is of paramount importance). Following the text are nine full-page original photographs mounted on heavy stock with text opposite offering commentary. Long considers these as supplementary to his thesis. Figure 1 is a perfectly planted lawn with a woman in turn-of-the century dress holding a basket of flowers; Figure 2 displays successful street planting and a horse-drawn carriage; Figure 3 is a tree and shrub planting on small grounds; Figure 4 shows planting as background and protection; Figure 5 demonstrates planting for a "cozy corner" with two figures in period dress; Figure 6 - the placement of a large home within the grounds; Figure 7 - a well-planted lawn sweeping around to the rear of the house; Figure 8 is the scene at Figure 1 from a different viewpoint; Figure 9 reveals the open effect created by continuing planting around the house. These amateur photographs have great appeal and certainly demonstrate widely applied principles which created much of the middle class residential American landscape at the turn of the century. Bound typed manuscript, 27 x 21 cm, 28 unnumbered pp. with text typed (or mimeographed) on rectos only + 9 plates of original photographs, measuring 12 x 15.7 cm, with 9 ff. opposite providing typed commentary; a few tissue guards to photos removed, but laid in at front.

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    Bound in blue buckram with gilt lettered and decorated leather title piece pasted down on upper cover; tissue guards removed from three of the photographs, but kept and laid into the book; a few of the photographs show some spots from development process and there is occasional light fading, mostly along edges; otherwise very well preserved.

    ID#: 16007
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  • PARCS ET JARDINS. by DE CÉRIS, A.
    DE CÉRIS, A.
    PARCS ET JARDINS.

    A volume in the series, "Bibliotheque Du Jardinier." After beginning with a little thumb-nail history of garden style which culminates in the jardin paysager, the text addresses technical matters of surveying and preparing a plan in Part One, and, then, the principles of planning and ornamentation in Part Two. The movement of the sun across the landscape, the use of water, and the formation of allées are discussed, as well as the formation of woods, the use of flowers, choice of structures and types of fountains. A concluding chapter describes examples of jardins paysagers such as Parc Monceau, Parc de Morainville, Parc de Saint-James, etc. 8vo (18.8 x 10.9 cm); 142 pp. with engraved text figures from drawings and diagrams.

    Original printed paper covers with engraved vignette on upper cover; spine ends chipped, affecting spine lettering; scattered light to heavy foxing in text; in appendix of publisher's ads, small tear to lower margin slightly affecting a bit of text.

    ID#: 15951
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  • DU CERCEAU, Jacques Androuet.
    FRENCH CHATEAUX AND GARDENS IN THE XVIth CENTURY. A Series Of Reproductions Of Contemporary Drawings Hitherto Unpublished By Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau Selected and Described With An Account Of The Artist & His Works by W.H. WARD.

    First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index…

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    First edition of this important reproduction of a selection of Du Cerceau's original drawings, now in the British Museum, for his 1517 and 1579 volumes published as LES PLUS EXCELLENTS BASTIMENTS DE FRANCE. According to Ward," The illustrations of the present volume present a fairly complete picture of architectural evolution in France during the sixteenth century, and comprise some of the finest specimens of each phase." Ward says that the drawings are richer in detail and larger in scale than the old engravings, and "some of these also vary considerably from the published version..." The reproductions are supplemented by Ward's account of Du Cerceau's life and work, descriptions of the chateaux and gardens designed by various architects, and an index of persons. Scarce in this condition. Folio (39.5 x 28 cm); xi + (iii) + 36 pp. with text illustrations mostly from plans and with 27 plates from drawings.

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    Original paper covered boards printed in brown with with cream colored paper spine also printed in brown; bookseller's ticket on front past-down; a fine copy.

    ID#: 15886
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  • (Orchid Auction)
    (AUGUST ROLKER, Auctioneer)
    CATALOGUE OF A HIGHLY IMPORTANT SALE OF A GRAND AND CHOICE COLLECTION OF ORCHIDS (cover title).

    The printed catalogue of an orchid sale to be held on Wednesday, September 11, 1889, at Rolker & Sons sales room by order of Frederick Mau of Weehawken, New Jersey. The sale was comprised of "25 Grand and distinct Varieties of Cattleya Trianae with flower sheaths, C. Trianae Alba, C. Bogotensis Alba, Saccolabium giganteum Album," and much more. There are 326 lots listed, some with a bit of description, such as: CYPRIPEDIUM SEEGERIANUM: "Hybrid between Cypripedium Harrisianum and Cypripedium Spicerianum; only in a few collections can this superb Cypripedium be found..." Nineteenth century orchid auction catalogues are quite uncommon. Stitched pamphlet 22 x14.5 cm.,18 pp.

    Scattered light to moderate foxing to text.

    ID#: 15880
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