Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on landscape gardening, landscape architecture, garden ornaments and related topics, for sale at Horizon Books.
ADAMS, William Howard; The French Garden 1500-1800. London, Scolar Press, , First edition, large 8vo [26 x 19 cm]; 159 pp, 168 illustrations from early sources, bibliog, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped, spine slightly faded), else fine.
A well-illustrated and important work showing the development of the French Garden from early Italian influences to attain a dominating position in European culture. Very well-illustrated. The author was with the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
US$20. bookID # 12330
AUSTIN, Alfred; Lamia's Winter-Quarters. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1907, First edition with Elgood's colored plates, 8vo [23.5 x 17 cm]; xvii, [i], 164 pp, 16 colored plates including frontis, all by George S. Elgood, each with tissue guard with letterpress titles, other illus, head and tailpieces from pen & ink drwgs by William Scott, original red decorated cloth, title lettering on cover and spine, all edges gilted, spine faded, edges rubbed, front internal hinge cracking but firm, minor foxing on few leaves, clean and sound copy.
Views of Italy by the author of The Garden that I Love, which also had Elgood plates. Elgood was a popular and respected painter of view, member of the Royal Institute. First published in 1898 without the colored plates, this edition was in 3,000 copies. Inman 162.
US$30. bookID # 9399
BORTOLOTTI, Emanuelle [Editor]; Gardens: the New Grand Tour; The first European Exhibition of Public and Private Gardens: Giardini: il nuovo Grand Tour. Modena, Italy, Milano, Milan, Giardini Zanfi Editori, 1999, First edition, 4to [27 x 24 cm]; 176 pp, 170 color illustrations from photos, text in English and Italian, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, pages 65-80 are bound upside down as apparently in most copies, but complete, else clean and fine.
Descriptions of about 76 European gardens, each with 2-3 fine color illustrations and accompanying text. Emmanuele Bortolotti wrote the introductory essay on Landscape Gardening, a Form of Art to Be Divulged.
US$5. bookID # 7416
US$6. bookID # 13446
BROWN, Jane; Lanning Roper and His Garden. New York, Rizzoli, , First American Edition, 4to [28.5 x 23 cm]; 224 pp, frontis (port), 120 illus, 25 plans, 42 color plates, index, original cloth, dj (a little worn at spine foot), pictorial endpapers, else fine, quite clean.
The biography of Roper, one of the best garden designers from the 1950's to early 1980's, by one of the best authors of gardening history. The author was given access to Roper's private papers including his files on many of the gardens he created, and the architect's plans. Very well-illustrated, including many of Roper's own photos and includes a list of Roper's commissions by country.
US$12. bookID # 8283
BROWN, Jane; The Art and Architecture of English Gardens; Designs for the Garden from the Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1609 to the Present Day. New York, Rizzoli, 1989, First American edition, 4to [26 x 26 cm]; 320 pp, color frontis, 306 illustrations and plates, mostly colored, views, garden plans, etc, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine, clean, unmarked.
Beautifully illustrated from original watercolours, drawings, working plans, sections, etc, the author provides authoritative description of the gardens from the seventeenth century, the influence of art and nature, Victorian formal gardens, the arts and crafts movement of 1890-1914, the modern movement, classicism, garden buildings, garden ornament, Geoffrey Jillicoe's moody gardens, etc. The author is highly respected and distinguished author on gardening and gardening history topics.
US$30. bookID # 12397
CALTHROP, Dion Clayton, illustrated by Beatrice Parsons, George Elgood and others; The Charm of The English Garden. London, Bracken Books, , , 8vo; [viii], 240 pp, 32 fine color plates from paintings, original cloth, dj, signature & blind stamp of Eleanor Weller, American garden writer, on title, else fine copy of book covering cottage and manor gardens from many viewpoints, first printed in 1910.
This book was originally published in 1910 as The Charm of Gardens.
US$5. bookID # 1803
CANE, Percy S.; Modern Gardens, British and Foreign. London, Special Winter Number of the Studio 1926-27, 1926, First edition, 4to [29.5 x 21 cm]; viii, 166 pp, color frontis from painting by Beatrice Parsons with tissue guard, 7 other color plates from photos, numerous bw plates and illus, plans, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt lettering and vignette in gilt border on front cover, gilt lettering on spine, slightly rubbed at edge, owner's signature on endpaper, fine copy.
An impressive work on landscaping with illustrations of gardens of Britain, Ireland, American, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Japan, with lists of the architects and owners, and a good introduction.
US$15. bookID # 5725
COLE, Nathan; The Royal Parks and Gardens of London, their History and Mode of Embellishment with Hints on the Propagation and Culture of the Plants Employed, the Artistic Arrangement of Colours, etc. London, Journal of Horticulture Office, 1877, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; [vi], v, 131 pp, 15 wood engraved plates, garden plans, including double-page, numerous other illus, with the half title page, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering and vignette, edges rubbed, internal hinge cracked but firm, lightly foxed on some leaves, very good.
A nicely illustrated work covering the many gardens including Buckingham Palace, Kensington, Hyde Park, St. James, Victoria, Battersea, Regent's, Hampton Court, Kew, Crystal Palace, etc, and with chapters on landscaping, arrangement of spring flowers, trees and shrubs, colours, designs, etc.
US$130. bookID # 12926
CRAN, Mrs. [George]; The Garden of Experience. London, Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1922, , 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 316, [ii, ads] pp, 23 illustrations from photos on 16 plates including frontis, index, original green cloth, lightly foxed, very good sound copy, covers bright with clean title lettering.
The author describes her gardening experiences which are often social experiences, and are entertainments rather than how-to's.
US$16. bookID # 8662
EARLE, Alice Morse; Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday; Garden Delights Which Are Here Displayed in Very Truth and Are Moreover Regarded as Emblems. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1902, First Edition, the limited edition of 100 copies of which this is #90, 8vo [25 x 17 cm]; xxiii, [i], 461 pp, frontis, frontis, numerous plates with tissue guards with letterpress, many other illus, index, title printed in green and black, text pages in green border, index, original pictorial gilt vellum-backed silk cloth & gilt title lettering on front cover & spine, top edge gilted., other edges uncut, dj (bit worn), corner wear, in orig slipcase (split, worn at edges), internal hinge repaired, very clean, attractive copy.
A classic of the period, very well-illustrated. The topics related to sun dials include classification, portable dials, their construction, symbolic and many other designs. A smaller section deals with roses including chapters on roses and garlands, rosa solis, rose plate and rosee, emblems of the rose in English history, grandmother's roses, the Rosicruians. Stock 751. The limited edition on specially made paper is scarce and not often found in a dust jacket or slipcase. It is in larger format than the trade edition with nice wide margins. The interior is quite fresh and fine, and has the original ribbon bookmark.
US$600. bookID # 9004
EARLE, Alice Morse; Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday; Garden Delights Which Are Here Displayed in Very Truth and Are Moreover Regarded as Emblems. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1902, First Edition, 8vo [20 x 15 cm]; xxiii, [i], 461 pp, frontis, numerous plates and illus, index, title printed in green and black, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering, decorated in white and dark green, top edge gilted, internal hinges cracking but firm, covers quite bright, near fine clean copy.
A classic of the period, very well-illustrated. The topics related to sun dials include classification, portable dials, their construction, symbolic and many other designs. A smaller section deals with roses including chapters on roses and garlands, rosa solis, rose plate and rosee, emblems of the rose in English history, grandmother's roses, the Rosicruians. Stock 751.
US$70. bookID # 11459
ECKBO, Garrett; Home Landscape; The Art of Home Landscaping. New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, , revised and enlarged edition, the first edition of 1956 had only 270 pages, 8vo [25 x 17 cm]; 340 pp, several hundred illustrations from photos, drwgs, plans, bibliog, index, original cloth, silver spine title lettering, dj (slight wear at upper edge), fine and clean, unmarked.
The author was a pioneer in modern landscape design, who related it to modern art and adapted it to the individual needs of people. The principles that he established in the first edition in 1956 have been followed by many other garden designers. An essential and well-illustrated work in landscaping, with greatly expanded illustrations, comments on the impact of the 50s, 60s and 70s on garden design. No other books so successfully combines the poetry of landscape with everyday practicalities of planning a unified garden with a unique character, filled with ideas and practical suggestions.
US$85. bookID # 12326
FEIN, Albert; Landscape into Cityscape; Frederick Law Olmsted's Plans for a Greater New York City. Ithaca, Cornell University Press, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; x, [ii], 490 pp, frontis (portrait), 19 plates and plans including many double-page, endpapers are bird's eye view, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (rubbed), clean fine copy in very good dust jacket.
An important work on landscaping that shows Olmsted's influence on the planning of New York City and environs including Central Park.
US$25. bookID # 9655
FITCH, James M. and F. F. Rockwell; Treasury of American Gardens. New York, Harper & Brothers, , , folio [33.5 x 27 cm]; 175 pp, color frontis, numerous color and bw illus, plans, original half cloth and boards, light fading and some edge wear, else very good.
Useful for garden history of all parts of the United States, with good illustrations.
US$5. bookID # 3042
FREDERICK, JR., William H.; The Exuberant Garden and the Controlling Hand; Plant Combinations for North American Gardens. Boston, Toronto, London, Little, Brown and Company, , First edition, 4to [28.5 x 23 cm]; xix, 342 pp, over 230 colored plates and illustrations, 13 detailed colored garden plans, table, appendices, index, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, pictorial endpapers, dj (not price clipped), clean, fine and unused condition.
The veteran landscape architect describes how to combine ornamental plants of all types, using a balance between plant exuberance and design structure. He provides a sophisticated, up-to-date guide with full details, with some emphasis on exploiting color potential. The author gives detail on entrance gardens, gardens to view, live-in gardens, swimming pool gardens and gardens to stroll. The 38 detailed and extensive appendices (190 pages) are a rich source of plants lists, tolerances, cultural preferences, design characteristics, plant lists for different conditions, by season, fragrance, texture, color, soil types, etc.
US$45. bookID # 11230
GIRLING, Richard, Graham Rose et al; The Making of the English Garden. London, Macmillan; The Sunday Times, , , 4to [28.5 x 23.5 cm]; 224 pp, hundreds of color illustrations, including many full page, both from photos and older sources, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, pictorial endpapers, dust jacket, quite fine and clean, unused.
With contributions from such gardening experts as Hugh Johnson, Penelope Hobhouse, John Brookes, Christopher Thacker, Richard Mabey, etc. A beautifully illustrated book covering the development of English gardens with fascinating chapters such as taming the wilderness; magic, medicine and broth, quest for colour, greenhouse, branches throughout the world, etc and with a section on 100 historic gardens to visit.
US$10. bookID # 12595
HOBHOUSE, Penelope, with Simon Johnson; Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs. New York, Henry Holt and Company, , First American Edition, 4to [26 x 26 cm]; 168 pp, many color photos, including full-page, numerous color garden plans from drwgs, index, original pictorial boards, dj, fine.
Containing design solutions, planting schemes including for difficult sites, color-themed plans, practical advice, with excellent illustrations, and for numerous situations, a highlight is the author's description of her own garden, where one's curiosity has been raised after her many books on the gardens of others.
US$5. bookID # 3952
HOBHOUSE, Penelope, with Simon Johnson; Penelope Hothouse's Garden Designs. New York, Henry Holt and Company, , First American Edition, 4to [26 x 26 cm]; 168 pp, many color photos, including full-page, numerous color garden plans from drwgs, index, original pictorial boards, dj (short tear at edge), fine, clean.
US$20. bookID # 9483
HUXLEY, Anthony; The Painted Garden; The Garden Through the Artist's Eye. Secaucus, Wellfleet Press, , First American edition, 4to [26 x 26 cm]; 160 pp, colored frontis and numerous color illus, mostly full-page, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean.
The author of over 30 gardening books describes each painting or print, beautifully reproduced, and provides an account of the gardening practices and planting of the period, from herb gardens to parterres and knots, from Egypt to the classical gardens of Italy and France, England. Also included are biographies of each painter and a list of plants.
US$15. bookID # 9421
KING, Peter, Carole Ottesen, Graham Rose; Gardening with Style; A Private View of the World's Most Innovative Gardens. London, Bloomsbury, , First edition, 4to [27 x 22 cm]; 192 pp; colored frontis, hundreds of illustrations including full-page, many in color, mostly from photos, many garden plans, list of plants and trees by growing needs, shade requirements, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), quite fine, clean and unused.
Covering some forty gardens designed by the world's most challenging gardeners, to discover the secret of stylishness, with stunning pictures of gardens, many of which are not open to the public, the gardeners explain the concept and development of their gardens and features. Described under topics such as fantasy, emblematic, fundamentalists, formalist, new romantics, animal crackers, etc.
US$16. bookID # 12596
LASDUN, Susan; The English Park; Royal, Private & Public. London, Andre Deutsch, , First edition, 4to [26 x 21 cm]; [viii], 216 pp, numerous illustrations from early sources including paintings, prints, plans, mostly in color, some full-page or double-page, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not clipped), fine and clean.
Well-written and beautifully illustrated, the author describes the history and evolution of the park over a thousand year period to the present day.
US$20. bookID # 8025
LEEMING, John f.; The Garden Grows; a Story. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company, , First edition (as stated), 8vo [21.5 x 13.5 cm]; 229 pp, frontis, 24 plates from photos, 4 double-page garden plans, original pictorial blind-stamped cloth, silver title lettering on spine, near fine in dj (tear and large piece lacking from front panel, not price clipped).
The author and his wife transformed some acres of waste land in England into a garden of exceptional beauty. Written with humour and charm, the author provides all the details and excellent illustrations. Included is a chapter on the making of a bird sanctuary on the property.
US$10. bookID # 13355
LEES, Carlton B.; Gardens, Plants and Man. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, , First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 251 pp, color plates and illustrations from photos, including many double-page, some black and white photos, garden plans, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (not price clipped, tiny tear at edge), fine and clean.
A beautifully illustrated and produced book, showing some of the greatest gardens through history to the present.
US$3. bookID # 13042
LLEWELLYN, Roddy, edited by Robert Holt; Ornamental English Gardens. New York, Rizzoli, , First American edition, 4to [31 x 23 cml]; 208 pp, hundreds of illus, from photos, mostly in color, other illustrations from drawings, glossary, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean, unmarked.
After a historical survey, the author describes about 100 classical planting and architectural features, in detail and well-illustrated with the finest examples of each, from gates to sumer house, to tea house, gnomes, astrolabe, cascade, sunken garden, topiary, exedra, paths, amphitheatre, etc. With a very detailed illustrated glossary. A large heavy book.
US$10. bookID # 12583
LOCKWOOD, Alice G. B.; Gardens of Colony and State; Gardens and Gardeners of the American Colonies and of the Republic Before 1840. np, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931-34, First Editions, folio [37 x 26 cm]; 2 volumes, xxii [ii], 464; xxiv, 444 pp, 2 frontis, numerous illus, plans, bibliography, original 2 part cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on front covers, and gilt title on spine, cover of volume I lightly spotted, light crease of endpaper, else a clean near fine set, volume I has the scarce dust jacket (chipped at edges.
A massive work with hundreds of illustrations from photos, early sources, drawings. The books are organized by state, with Volume I covering New England, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Great Lake states, Pennsylvania and Volume II on the southern states including Florida and California, together with a chapter on fences and enclosures in each volume. A classic of landscape architecture.
US$700. bookID # 8089
MARTINEAU, Lady; introduction by William Robinson; The Herbaceous Garden. London, Williams & Norgate, , 4th edition, completely revised and expanded, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xvi, 309 pp, color frontis, color plate from painting by Margaret Waterfield, plans, folding plan, tables, index, original cloth, gilt lettering, fine.
Useful work covering design, lilies, color, mixed border, annuals, bulbs, one-color garden, blue garden, massing distinct species, spring and autumn bloom, etc, with alphabetical list of suitable plants and their characteristics.
US$10. bookID # 3489
MAYALL, R. Newton and Margaret L. Mayall; Sundials; How to Know, Use and Make Them. Boston, Hale, Cushman & Flint, 1938, First edition, 8vo [20.5 x 14.5 cm]; xv, 197 pp, frontis of world's largest sundial, numerous photo plates, drwgs, tables, index, original pictorial cloth, silver spine title lettering, dj (chipped at spine ends, corner, price clipped), very good, clean and fine internally.
Since a sundial designed for another location will not be accurate in your location, the authors provide complete detail for designing one for your specific location, with formulas and full details. They also provide the theory and many illustrations of other sundials.
US$70. bookID # 10443
MAYNARD, Samuel T.; Landscape Gardening As Applied to Home Decoration. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1915, Second & best edition, rewritten and enlarged, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xix, 396, [ii, ads] pp, frontis, 190 illus, including many full-page from photos and drwgs, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt lettering, gilt vignette on front cover and spine, signature of Lauretta P. Johnson dated 1918 on endpaper with her handwritten notes on loose card, slightly foxed on outer edge of text block, very good+, solid copy.
One of the better all-around landscaping books of the time, still very relevant, this second edition is greatly expanded and updated, with additional illustrations.
US$30. bookID # 9434
MERCER, F. A. and Roy Hay; Gardens and Gardening; Rock, Wall & Water. London & New York, The Studio Publications, in the Studio Garden Annual series, nd [c1955], First edition, 8vo [25 x 15.5 cm]; 141, [viii, illustrated ads for garden products] pp, numerous illustrations from photos, including full-page, tables, index, original green cloth, gilt title lettering on spine, leaf with tear, dj (chipped at edges, price clipped), very good.
Contributors include Frank Barber on wall gardens construction and planning, T. C. Clare on sink and trough gardens, will Ingwersen on constructing and planting a rock garden, Frances Perry on water in the garden, S. A. Pierce on water-lilies, A. T. Johnson on plants and planting by pool and stream, all with excellent ideas and suggestions and with lists of plants suitable for different conditions.
US$15. bookID # 8361
MIDDLETON, Charles [or] Thomas Elison; Decorations for Parks and Gardens; Designs for Gates, Garden Seats, Alcoves, Temples, Baths, Entrance Gates, Lodges, Facades, Prospect Towers, Cattle Sheds, Ruins, Bridges, Greenhouses, &c, also a Hot House & Hot Walls, with plans and scales. London, J. Taylor, nd [c 1800], , 8vo [26 x 16 cm]; [ii], engraved title page, 55 engraved plates, some with two figures, garden plans, orig plain paper wraps (worn, tears, minor fraying, without spine), lightly foxed, title page chipped in margin, leaf with short tear, good complete copy in fine custom made, cloth covered box, with gilt title lettering on spine label, interior marbled p.
An early work on garden ornament and buildings, plates being detailed, mostly with accompanying plans on lower part of sheet. Both Middleton and Elison have been named as the author. Berlin Katalog 3433. Scarce and not in the usual references.
US$1100. bookID # 10814
MITCHELL, Donald G. Append; Out-of-Town Places: with Hints for Their Improvement. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884, First edition with this title, small 8vo [19 x 13 cm]; [ii], vi, 295 pp, illustrations especially of architectural devices from drwgs by E. C. Gardner, plans, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover in gilted border, signature on endpaper, 'with complements' and signed by the author on half title page.
'I have especially sought to excite the ambition of the holders of these humble estates, who believe nothing can be done in the way of adornment of country property. The book is a tract for homeliness; and I hope it may make country proselytes.' [preface]. The author of My Farm at Edgewood, Wet Days at Edgewood, etc, has here re-published his popular Rural Studies with Hints for Country Places, first published in 1867.
US$80. bookID # 11603
MONGREDIEN, Augustus; Trees & Shrubs for English Plantations: A Selection and Description of the Most Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, Native and Foreign, Which will Flourish in the Open air in Our Climate. London, John Murray, 1870, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 388, 24 (publisher's catalogue, dated April 1870) pp, two color lithographed plates including frontis, engraved illustrations, original pictorial cloth, spine ends bit frayed, spine darkened, very good clean copy.
Catalogue of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society p. 217. Describes 621 species in some detail including their cultivation, requirements, etc.
US$80. bookID # 4103
MORGAN, Joan and Alison Richards; A Paradise Out of a Common Field; The Pleasures and Plenty of a Victorian Garden. New York, Harper & Row, , First American Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 256 pp, frontis, numerous illus, color plates from contemporary sources, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (not clipped), fine and clean.
The head gardeners of upper class estates influenced the course of gardening and landscaping but were aided by the development of new greenhouse techniques and the discovery of new plants in many parts of the world. Drawing on contemporary records and illustrations, the authors describe the massive changes in gardening including the use of conservatories to provide out of season food for the wealthy.
US$7. bookID # 8607
MORGAN, Joan and Alison Richards; A Paradise Out of a Common Field; The Pleasures and Plenty of a Victorian Garden. New York, Harper & Row, , First American Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 256 pp, frontis, numerous illus, color plates from contemporary sources, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not clipped), fine and clean.
The head gardeners of upper class estates influenced the course of gardening and landscaping but were aided by the development of new greenhouse techniques and the discovery of new plants in many parts of the world. Drawing on contemporary records and illustrations, the authors describe the massive changes in gardening including the use of conservatories to provide out of season food for the wealthy. Beautifully illustrated.
US$12. bookID # 12973
MORRAH, Herbert Arthur, paintings by Berenger Benger; Highways & Hedges. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1911, First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 17 cm]; xv, 144 pp, 20 fine color plates including frontis from paintings by Benger, each mounted on heavy art paper, each with captioned tissue guard, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, top edge gilted, spine end bit rubbed, name on endpaper, interior clean, very good+ overall.
Inman 158. Only 3,000 copies of this first edition were printed, some later printings had less plates. The charms of English country life in pictures and narrative as the author travelled the lanes, highways and byways through the year.
US$60. bookID # 12062
NICHOLS, Rose Standish; English Pleasure Gardens. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1925, , 8vo [22.5 x 16 cm]; xxii, [ii], 324 pp, frontis, plates, 11 garden plans drawn by Allen Cox, about 300 plates & illustrations from photos and drwgs by author and from early sources, bibliog, index, original pictorial cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, spine slightly faded but lettering clear, bookplate on endpaper, but near fine clean copy, sound and solid.
A fascinating study of English gardens, from the classic pleasure grounds, monastic gardens, medieval and Tudor gardens to gardens of the Stuarts and Elizabethans, Italian Villa gardens, to modern gardens with excellent illustrations and examples including Newstead Abbey, Penhurst, Longleat, Montacute, Levens, Drayton House, Melbourne, Wilton, Bowood, Longford Castle, Ham House and many others.
US$30. bookID # 9145
NORMAN, Sue and Roger, Polly Bolty, Lallie Cox; The Small Garden. Clifton, Paragon, , , square 8vo [20 x 19.5 cm]; 224 pp, over 700 illustrations from photos and drwgs, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, clean and fine, unmarked.
A beautifully illustrated work with practical advice, including step-by-step sequences, showing the possibilities in detail, covering patios, pots, baskets, window boxes, cottage gardens, beds, borders, and a very wide range of plants, flowers, space-saving fruit, etc.
US$7. bookID # 9584
ONEAL, Cora M.; Gardens and Homes of Mexico. Dallas, Banks Upshaw and Company, , Second edition, revised, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xiv, [ii], 221, [iii] pp, frontis (portrait of author), plates from photos, map, bibliog, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, small ink spot on title page, slight musty smell , clean, very good+ copy, signed by author in ink.
An interesting and very well-illustrated work covering pre-conquest gardens, colonial homes and gardens, colonial public buildings with gardens, modern homes and gardens, plants and trees of Mexico. The last chapter is on orchids and orchid hunting.
US$30. bookID # 8396
OSTER, Maggie, illustrations by Grace Tvaryanas & Anne Meskey; 35 Garden Blueprints. New York, Simon and Schuster, , First edition, oblong 4to [19.5 x 26 cm]; 96 pp, color plates, plans, bibliog, index, original cloth, dj (price clipped), fine.
The amateur's ideal guide to planning and starting their own garden, whether formal or informal, annual or perennial, rock garden, fruit garden, English cottage garden, dry garden, water garden, container garden, hillside garden, bird and butterfly garden, herb garden, shade garden, etc, each with detailed plan and plant lists.
US$4. bookID # 6182
QUEST-RITSON, Charles; The English Garden Abroad. London, Viking, , First edition, 4to [27.5 x 21 cm]; [vii], 232 pp, hundreds of illustrations and plates, including many in color, photos, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine, clean unworn condition, as new.
An impressive and very well-illustrated work showing the influence of English gardens, gardeners, landscapers, from the Riviera, Italy, Tuscany to Portugal, Spain, France, etc, including all the major developments of English styles.
US$10. bookID # 13682
RAMSEY, Leonidas W. and Charles H. Lawrence; Garden Pools; Large and Small. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1931, , 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xiv, 108 pp, colored frontis plate from painting, numerous plates and illustrations from photos and drawings, garden plans, index, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, light wear, interior is clean and fine in very good sound cover.
A very informative work with many detailed illustrations showing construction details, layouts, plant selections by color and type, etc.
US$10. bookID # 13142
ROBERTS, Irving; illustrations by Gerry Myers; Home Landscaping You Can Design Yourself. New York, Hawthorn Books, Inc., , First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; ix, 166 pp, numerous illus, plans, drwgs, tables, index, original cloth, fine in vg dj.
Covers the basics including plan drawing, trees, foundations, planting, color, ground covers, paths, etc.
US$3. bookID # 4441
ROBINSON, W.; The Garden Beautiful; Home Woods and Home Landscape. London, John Murray, 1907, , 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; xii, 176 pp, 8 fine plates from wood engravings, index, original cloth-backed boards with original paper label (most letters rubbed), light corner wear, bookplate of John Edwards Darnton on endpaper, very good clean copy.
Robinson was "the most famous and controversial garden journalists of the nineteenth century" (Hugh Johnson). This work is aimed at the larger garden which has room to incorporate trees and it would help to have a large estate to incorporate the ideas suggested here. It also includes water-side planting, shore-lands planting, mountain and hill, use of trees, fencing, thinning woods, grafting, parks, etc. Massachusetts Horticultural Society Catalogue p. 268. Mea Allen p. 188. "The man who made horticultural history" (Mea Allan in William Robinson).
US$110. bookID # 10651
ROBINSON, W. [William]; The Parks, Promenades & Gardens of Paris Described and Considered in Relation to the Wants of Our Own Cities and of Public and Private Gardens. London, John Murray, 1869, First edition, thick 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xxxii, 644 pp, engraved frontis, 48 engraved plates, 3 foldout maps/plans, 378 other illustrations including plans, title-page vignette, index, original pictorial & blind-stamped cloth, decorated in black & gilt, gilt lettering on spine, Robert Alexander's bookplate on endpaper, light fraying at spine ends, hinge cracked but firm, first two leaves lightly foxed, very good, interior clean.
Horticultural Society of New York Catalogue p. 189. Catalogue of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society 268. Robinson was "the most famous and controversial gardening journalist of the nineteenth century" (Hugh Johnson). This is the second book published by the author, who has been called the father of English gardening. This work helped to establish his reputation. Many of his later works had roots in this work. Beautifully illustrated, with views and plans of Paris, plants, gardens, tools, prining arrangements, etc. Mea Allen p. 95.
US$350. bookID # 12271
ROHDE, Eleanor Sinclair; The Story of the Garden, with a chapter on American Gardens by Mrs. Francis King. Boston, Hale, Cushman & Flint, , First American edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xii, 326 pp, 30 plates including colored frontis and other plates in color, other illus, 2 plans, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering dull but visible, bookplate on endpaper, minor foxing on few leaves, very good copy, clean.
Covers ancient garden lore, medieval gardens, Tudor, Stuart and Georgian gardens, French and Dutch influences, landscape school, Victorian gardens, American gardens, appendices. The author was a respected and popular garden writer.
US$25. bookID # 8639
ROSE, Graham; The Classic Garden. New York, London, Toronto, Summit Books, , First edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 192 pp, hundreds of illustrations, mostly from drawings, plus many from photos, including color, index, original green cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked.
A fascinating and very useful work covering the herbaceous border, rose garden, herb garden, lawns, walled garden, topiary, arbors, the wilderness garden, water garden, conservatories, greenhouses, terraces and steps, decorative aspects including sundials. Each section includes historical information and numerous illustrations from the Victorian period, with good suggestions and ideas for garden design.
US$5. bookID # 13252
SCHULER, Stanley; Planning and Planting the Small Garden Plot; A Practical Guide. New York, The Dial Press, 1972, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 255 pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from photos and drwgs, plans, hardiness map of US and Canada, index, original pictorial boards, dj (tears, worn at edges), rippling of lower portion of pages, light dampstain on some leaves, still good solid copy.
A useful practical reference covering all aspects of small gardens including chapters on city gardens, play space, work space, paths, terraces, lawns, foundations, privacy, etc, and with lists of plants and trees for different purposes and conditions.
US$4. bookID # 6445
STUART, David C.; Georgian Gardens. London, Robert Hale, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; 256 pp, numerous illustrations including full-page, from photos and early sources, garden plans, gazetteer, bibliog, index, original green cloth with gilt spine title lettering, clean and fine in dj (price clipped, slightly used).
The author, a respected garden writer who restored his own Georgian garden, uses contemporary material to describe the gardens of 1730 to 1830, showing the changes of taste and the reasons for the changes. Together with the excellent illustrations, the work provides many ideas for garden design and an appreciation of landscaping of the period.
US$15. bookID # 11978
TABOR, Grace; Old-Fashioned Gardening; a History and a Reconstruction. New York, McBride, Nast & Company, 1913, First Edition, roy 8vo; xviii, 263 pp, frontis with tissue guard, illus, plates, tinted plans, good bibliog, index, original cloth with gilt title lettering in gilted border on cover and gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, nice chapter head pieces, spine end a bit frayed, near fine, interior is clean and fine.
A very well-illustrated work with plates in decorative borders. Plates include buildings, gardens, entrance ways, ornaments, etc. In two parts, the first on history includes Spanish gardens in the semi-tropics, English gardens of gentlemen adventurers, New Amsterdam housewive's gardens, puritan gardens, catholick and quaker gardens, presidents' gardens, etc, with the reconstruction section on old-fashioned gardens, design, inclosures, old flowers, ornaments, reproducing the old fashioned gardens.
US$90. bookID # 12563
TABOR, Grace; The Landscape Gardening Book, wherein are set down the simple laws of beauty and utility which should guide the development of all grounds. Toronto, The Copp Clark Company, McBride, Winston & Company, , First edition, Canadian issue, identical to first US edition, 4to [26 x 19 cm]; [xii], 180 pp, frontis, illustrations and plates, from photos, garden plans, index, original pictorial cloth with embossed color photo, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, corners a bit rubbed but a clean and fine, unmarked copy, covers bright.
A very well-illustrated and highly useful work on landscaping including chapters on style, vines as harmonizers, vistas good and bad, boundaries, entrances and gateways, use of trees and shrubs, flowers, winter gardens, garden structures and furniture, accessories, etc.
US$80. bookID # 11720
THACKER, Christopher, foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu; England's Historic Gardens. Toronto, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, , First Canadian edition, 4to [29 x 21 cm], 160 pp, hundreds of color illustrations from photos by John Bethell, including full-page, bibliog, index, original pictorial boards, dj, fine, clean and unmarked.
A beautifully illustrated work on over 100 examples of fine English gardens, from medieval deer parks to modern formal and floral gardens, exploring their points of interest and their place in garden history, written by the author of many books on the subject and editor of Garden History journal.
US$10. bookID # 11693
TITLEY, Norah and Frances Wood; Oriental Gardens; An Illustrated History. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, , First American edition, 4to [28 x 22.5 cm]; 128 pp, 120 illus, including full-page, from manuscripts and printed books in the British Library, bibliography, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, pictorial endpapers, dj (price clipped), fine and clean.
An interesting survey of the gardens of Ottoman Turkey, Iran, India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
US$16. bookID # 9348
WARD, Cyril; Royal Gardens. London, NY, Bombay, Calcutta, Longmans, Green And Co, 1912, First Edition, 4to [30.5 x 22 cm]; xi, 182 pp, 32 color plates including frontis, tissue guards with letter-press, full-page plans, index, original pictorial gilt decorated cloth, gilt title lettering, top edge gilted., edges lightly rubbed, light foxing on some leaves, a very good+ solid and clean copy.
Fine color plates from paintings, showing country living of the royals. This copy has the loose announcement leaf of author's exhibition of his paintings.
US$30. bookID # 5569
WARD, Cyril; Royal Gardens. London, NY, Bombay, Calcutta, Longmans, Green And Co, 1912, First Edition, 4to; xi, 182 pp, 32 color plates including frontis, tissue guards with letter-press, full-page plans, original decorated cloth, short tear to head of spine and joint, light wear to edges and conrer, title with slight foxing, very good+, interior clean and unmarked.
Fine color plates from paintings, showing country living of the royals.
US$25. bookID # 641
WHITEN, Faith & Geoff; Chinese Garden Style. London, Unwin, , First edition, 4to [29.5 x 20.5 cm]; 127 pp, 48 colored plates and illustrations from photos, numerous illustrations from drawings of statuary, equipment, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (very lightly used, not price clipped), trace of removed inkstamp on verso title page, book-plate removed, interior is quite clean and unmarked, overall very good.
This book demonstrates a design style that is inspired not only by Chinese gardens but also by a whole range of oriental images, achievable in western gardens using familiar plants alongside Chinese pots and sculpture. Beautifully illustrated with much practical advise and details for constructing planters, tables, chairs, bridge, etc.
US$10. bookID # 12943
WILLIS, Peter; Capability Brown in Northumberland. Newcastle upon Tyne, The Northumberland and Newcastle Society, 1983, reprinted from Garden History, 8vo [24.5 x 18.5 cm]; -183 pp, 22 illustrations from early sources, bibliog, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, clean and fine.
A description of some of the landscape projects of one of the most important landscape gardeners and architects of 18th century England.
US$4. bookID # 10030
WOODS, May; Visions of Arcadia; European Gardens from Renaissance to Rococo. London, Aurum Press, , First edition, 4to [27 x 24 cm]; 244, hundreds of color and bw illustrations from photos by the author and from early sources, plans, glossary, bibliog, index, original cloth, silver spine title lettering, pictorial endpapers, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean.
This rich comparative study concentrates on design and architecture, rather than on cultivation, and traces the movement of ideas across frontiers, as well as the persons that made them. Beautifully illustrated.
US$12. bookID # 6985
WYMAN, Donald; Hedges, Screens & Windbreaks; Their Uses, Selection and Care. New York, McGraw Hill Book Company, Whittlesey House, , First edition, 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; xviii, 249 pp, numerous illustrations from photos on plates, other illus, plans, colored endpaper maps, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (chipped at spine ends, tear, not price clipped), interior is clean and fine, covers fine, in good jacket.
The author, horticulturist with Arnold Arboretum, describes the uses of hedges and screens, care after planting, ornamental hedges, protective hedges, size of plants, hedges for special situations, plants for special purposes and for particular regions, etc, with good lists of plants and several hundred described in detail. Well illustrated with some on topiary.
US$25. bookID # 12063
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