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Friday, April 11, 2014 8:48:57 AM

BOWERS, Clement Gray with illustrations in color by Franck Taylor Bowers & pen drawings by author; Rhododendrons and Azaleas; their Origins, Cultivation and Development. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1936, First Edition, 4to [26 x 19 cm]; xiv, 549 pp, color frontis, 27 other color plates from paintings, 12 half tone plates, end paper colored maps, showing locations of rhododendrons in the old world and America, illustrations in text, bibliog, index, original cloth with gilt vignette on front cover and gilt spine title lettering, slight foxing in few margins, near fine and clean copy in good dj (lightly chipped at edges, lightly rubbed, not price clipped).

An important and detailed book covering all aspects of cultivation and the origin of different species, with bibliography, appendices (pests, new introductions, geographical distribution, lists of species, etc). Still a fine reference with descriptions of hundreds of species and varieties, with very attractive plates.

US$40. bookID # 13813


CLEMENTI, Mrs. Cecil [Marie Penelope Rose]; Through British Guiana to the Summit of Roraima. London, T. Fisher Unwin, [1920, First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13 cm]; 236, [i, section], [xxxii, publisher's catalogue] pp, 14 illustrations on 12 plates including frontis, from photos, folding map of route (short split at fold), cross-section of country travelled, half title, original green cloth, title lettering in gilt on spine and in blind on front cover, lightly rubbed at edges, blank endpaper a little darkened, but a very nice, very good+ copy, clean and unmarked, frontis with original tissue guard.

An account of a 43 day journey by the Colonial Secretary and his wife up the Demara, Essequibo and Potaro Rivers to the then unmapped hills bordering Brazil and Venezuela, including the ascent of the highland savannahs, Roraima, etc. Their route later became a permanent trade route. The plates are from the author's photos.

US$90. bookID # 13815


CONWAY, Ainslie and Frances; The Enchanted Islands. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1947], First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; [x], 280 pp, frontis of authors in their rustic home, map endpapers, original pictorial cloth, spine title lettering, dj (worn, large piece lacking from spine), very good clean copy in fair to good jacket.

The authors spent five years on the Galapagos Islands with inadequate supplies. The description provides a useful picture of life on the islands at the time, which are now being preserved for its natural treasures, but despite this, has undergone environmental degradation since the 1940s.

US$9. bookID # 13814


CRUTTWELL, N. E. G.; An Account of Plant-Hunting in the Highlands of New Guinea [with:] An Expedition to the Finisterre Mountains of Eastern New Guinea, by A. C. Jermy & C. D. Sayers. London, Journal of Royal Horticultural Society, [1962, 1967], First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 77-86; 117-128 pp, 2 maps with insets, photo illustrations including in color, bound in green heavy paper wraps with printed label, fine and clean, although cover is slightly faded.

Two interesting papers on plant hunting extracted from this great journal. Cruttwell lived on Cape Vogel Peninsula in South-east Papua and explores this area and nearby Daga Country, while the Jermy-Sayers paper was based on the 1964 expedition by the British Museum and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In both papers there is description of some of the orchids seen in this richest of orchid areas, including Grammatphyllum papuanum, Dendrobium forbesii, Latourea group of dendrobiums, Dendrobium johnsoniae (color illus), Dendrobium caespitficum (color illus), etc, as well as rhododendrons, and other flowering plants.

US$35. bookID # 13828


DAMON, William E.; Ocean Wonders: a Companion for the Seaside. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1893, , 12mo [19.5 x 13 cm]; xv, 229, [iv, publisher's ads] pp, frontis, numerous illustrations from drawings, index, original paper covered pictorial boards, worn at edges, rubbed, spine repaired with clear tape, endpaper inscription, interior clean and good.

Well-illustrated description of this work, with chapters including corals, fish and crabs of Bermuda, octopus, mollusks, hermit crab, anemones, sea-hors, star fishes, sea cucumbers, hydroids, sponges, white whale and chapters on marine and fresh water aquaria (44 pages) and how to collect and preserve algae.

US$20. bookID # 13823


DE SOLA, Francisco, (introduction); Albert S. Muller, et al; Proceedings of the International Symposium on Plant Introduction. Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Escuela Agricola Panamericana, [1967], First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; ix, 169 pp, frontis (Wilson Popenoe), illustrations from photos, map, index, original green cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, cover and gilt bright, very fine, clean and unmarked in very good dj (light wear and fading of spine).

A set of articles by different experts, including John Popenoe, John Watkins, V. C. Dunlap, Louis Williams, etc, covering many food plants including avocado, roots, tubers, potatoes, grains, corn, coffee, etc. The article by Knowles A. Ryerson on the History of Plant Exploration and Introduction in the United States Department of Agriculture has a useful appendix listing the expeditions of the USDA with dates, names of explorers, countries visited, purpose, from 1897 to the present.

US$45. bookID # 13825


DESMOND, Ray; Kew; The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens. London, The Harvill Press with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, [1995], First edition, 4to [27 x 19 cm]; xvii, 466 pp, 34 colored plates, double-page plans, hundreds of illustrations, biographies of persons that helped develop Kew, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), pictorial endpapers, small remainder mark on lower outer edge, else a fine clean copy, unused.

Beautifully illustrated from original sources, books, paintings, etc, the well-respected gardening author and chief librarian at Kew provides a detailed and comprehensive description of its fascinating history. A large and heavy book.

US$15. bookID # 13827


GUEST, C. Z.; introduction by Truman Capote; drawings by Cecil Beaton; First Garden. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1976], First edition, 8vo [25 x 18 cm]; 127 pp, numerous illustrations including many full-page, drawings by Beaton, map, portrait, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped, light wear), floral decorated endpapers, clean and fine in very good dj, flat signed in year of first publication by author on blank endpaper "C. Z. Guest; June 76".

An attractive and personal guide to vegetable, fruit, flower, bulb, shrub gardening. There was also a later edition in 1986 published by McGraw Hill. Seven page introduction by Truman Capote, describing his personal experiences with author. Beaton, a world famous artist, presents excellent illustrations.

US$35. bookID # 13812


HEWETT, Mary Crane, and others; Catalogue of the Library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; part I, alphabetical list of authors and titles; part II, subject catalogue. Cambridge, Mansfield, Maurizio Martino Publisher, 1918-20, Facsimile of the 1918-20 First Edition, Strictly Limited to 150 Copies, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; viii, 372; x, 373-587 pp, table of subjects, two parts in one volume, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very slightly rubbed at corner, else fine, unmarked and clean copy.

A detailed listing of about 22,000 books, pamphlets, nursery and seed catalogues, periodicals. The work is arranged in two parts. The first part contains an alphabetical list of authors and titles, while the second part includes a classified arrangement of the same material under detailed subject headings. A valuable reference.

US$20. bookID # 13821


KIRKE, Henry; Twenty-Five Years in British Guiana. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1898, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xi, 364 pp, frontis (port), plates and illustrations, from photos and drawings, the colored folding map not in the list of illustrations is present, glossary of Creole words, index, original cloth, gilt stamped lettering on front cover and spine, map with tear at stub, head of spine chipped, Olof Liljewalch's bookplate on blank endpaper but otherwise unmarked, a clean very good+ solid copy.

Cundall 1637. Welch 53. The author describes the country in detail, the peoples including Indians, cities, towns, country-side, society, social and living conditions, economy, nature, etc and provides good illustrations. Its one of the few books on the area from this period.

US$150. bookID # 13816


LAMB, Dana and Ginger; Quest of the Lost City. New York, Harper & Brothers, [1951], , 8vo [21 x 15 cm]; x, 340 pp, 16 pages of photo illustrations, map endpapers, original cloth-backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (spine ends with large chips, wear, not price clipped), previous owner's bookplate on endpaper, but a very good+, clean copy in good dj.

The authors travelled down the west coast of Mexico into the land of the Mayas to explore a lost city in Chiapas, just north of Guatemala. 'It would be difficult to think of any type of danger or daring achievement which is not compassed within the tale'. (New York Times). "An adventure classic" - J. W. Vandercook.

US$12. bookID # 13818


MCQUADE, James; The Cruise of the Montauk to Bermuda, The West Indies and Florida. New York, Thomas R. Knox & Co, 1885, First Edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xv, [i], 441 pp, frontis, numerous engraved plates, illustrations of musical scores, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, slight wear at edge, name on blank endpaper but a near fine copy, very clean and bright.

The attractive plates are of native peoples, vegetation, sailing scenes, and many views, including of Bermuda, Basse Terre, St. Kitt's, Nevis, St. Pierre, Martinique, Trinidad, Curacoa, Jamaica, Havana, Cuba, St. Augustine, Florida, etc. Welch p. 97. Clark I, 399. Smith M37: 'covers most of the Caribbean islands'. This copy has a loose 'Finis', a four-page addenda describing events after the book was published and inserted into some copies, dated December 17th, 1884, by the author.

US$75. bookID # 13817


OBER, Frederick A.; A Guide to the West Indies, Bermuda and Panama. New York, Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914, second revised edition, 12mo [17.5 x 11.5 cm]; ix, 533 pp, frontis, numerous full-page illus from photos, 5 color folding maps (one with short tear), index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, fresh, clean, unmarked, no owner names, very good+, this copy with four extra colored maps inserted loose from another copy (Bermuda, Cuba & Jamaica, Porto Rico, West Indies).

A detailed and comprehensive guide to all the islands of the West Indies as well as Panama and Bermuda, by the author of numerous books on the area. The detailed maps are of Bermuda, Cuba and Jamaica, Jamaica, Porto Rico, West Indies, and show cities, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, etc.

US$24. bookID # 13822


SCHOMBURGK, Robert H.; A Description of British Guiana Geographical and Statistical; exhibiting Its Resources and Capabilities together with the Present and Future Condition and Prospects of the Colony. London, Simpkin Marshall, and Co., 1840, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; [iv], 155 pp, large folding map with hand coloring as frontis, the map with engraved inset views of New Amsterdam and George Town lighthouse, later cloth-backed boards, spine title label, short tear at stub of map, barely perceptible foxing at outer edge of text block, small mark on cover, else a near fine and clean copy.

The author [1804-1865] was one of the most important explorers of northeastern South America, and especially of Guiana, where he was commissioned to survey the boundaries of British Guiana and explored the rivers Essequibo, Corentyne, Berbice and Rio Branco, and to Mount Roraima, being the first to reach the source of the Essequibo, and discovered many new species of plants. He reports on the geography, natural history, inhabitants, society, towns, government, climate, etc of the country as well as the resources and current conditions. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1845 for his achievements. This book is the first detailed account of the colony.

US$900. bookID # 13811


STOCK, K. L.; Rose Books; A Bibliography of books and important articles in journals on the genus Rosa, in English, French, German & Latin, 1550-1975. Milton Keynes, England, published by K. L. Stock, distributed by Wheldon & Wesley, [1984], First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 533 pp, original navy blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean and fine.

With descriptions of over 3,200 books on roses, this book is the most comprehensive work and the standard reference on the subject. Each entry contains information to determine the exact edition, etc, including collations, plates, book size, descriptive material, dates, publisher, location, number of copies printed where relevant, etc.

US$55. bookID # 13819


TUCKER, Ethelyn Maria, under direction of Charles Sprague Sargent; Catalogue of the Library of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Cambridge, Arnold Arboretum, Cosmos Press, Martino, 1915 [1998], limited edition facsimile of the original edition, 8vo [23 x 17.5 cm]; [vi], 782 pp, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean, unmarked, fine condition.

Listing of thousands of books and periodicals in separate sections, with author, title, publisher, place, collations, plates and other information. A very useful reference for horticulture, botany, forestry, etc, and includes most of the older books that one is ever likely to find and all of the books in this field that Harvard had accumulated.

US$45. bookID # 13820


WATERSTON, Elizabeth; Ian Easterbrook, Bernard Katz, Kathleen Scott; The Travellers - Canada to 1900; An annotated bibliography of works published in English from 1577. Guelph, University of Guelph, 1989, First edition, limited edition to 500 copies, of which this is number 181, 4to [28 x 21 cm]; viii, 321, [ii] pp, with many illustrations, map and plates from the original sources, author, title index, references, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, pictorial dj, very fine and clean, unmarked (as new).

An important work on travellers through Canada from 1577 to 1900, with a good introduction and detailed descriptions of over 700 works, arranged in chronological order but with a detailed author and title index, each work having the author, title, publisher, date of publication, collation and a description of significance of the work and what the traveller accomplished. A valuable reference.

US$82. bookID # 13824


WHISTLER, W. Arthur; Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide. Portland, Timber Press, [2000], First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 542 pp, over 450 color photos, glossary, index, original pictorial stiff paper wraps, very fine and clean, unmarked (as new).

A superbly illustrated and comprehensive work found in gardens of the tropics, each plant with precise descriptions allowing for accurate identification of tropical ornamentals, with geographical ranges and plant properties, each with information on propagation and ideal growing conditions. Two appendices present the 20 most common families of ornamental tropicals, the other an innovative identification key.

US$10. bookID # 13826


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