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  • A Catalogue of Surplus and Duplicate well grown Established Orchids by  THOMPSON, William.
    THOMPSON, William.
    A Catalogue of Surplus and Duplicate well grown Established Orchids (without reserve)

    William Thompson Esq. The Walton Grange Gardens Stone Staffordshire 1898

    22pp, 6 colour litho plates. Tall 4to. Lettered wrappers. Warappers a little worn. Staples slightly rusted else good. Sale conduced by Potheroe & Morris, Horticultural Auctioneers and Valuers. May 11th and 12th 1898. Lewis Castle, in his book on "Orchids, Their structure, history and culture" lists Thompson in his inventory of the principal amateur ochardists in Britain 1886. One or two red ink notes on prices on the first illustration.

    Stock ID: 18634
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  • A Complete Catalogue of Garden Furniture and Ornament by  WHITE John P. for the Pyghtle Works
    WHITE John P. for the Pyghtle Works
    A Complete Catalogue of Garden Furniture and Ornament

    Bedford, the Pyghtle Works 1906

    112pp with b/w illustrations throughout and 2 colour plates. Original boards and cloth spine. Upper board has colour paste down illustration present. Small stain on upper board. cloth spine darkened but carefully repaired to make a good copy. Internally a little thumbed in places else good throughout. This particular catalogue is un-numbered. The Pyghtle Works were renowned for producing beautifully designed furniture of the highest quality, which they sold in Bedford and through Liberty & Co. in London. H.M Baillie Scott famously designed a series of 120 pieces for the company in 1901. This is a comprehensive catalogue of all garden- related products sold by the firm, including furniture (benches and seats designed by Baillie Scott), sculptures, summerhouses, pergolas etc. All items are illustrated, with measurements and prices given. Scarce.

    Stock ID: 17871
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  • LAIRD Mark
    A Natural History of English Gardening 1650--1800

    Cambridge Mass. and London Yale University Press, Paul Mellon Studies for British Art

    440pp, 300 colour and 100 b/w plates.Winner of the 2013 David R. Coffin Publication Grant, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Inspired by the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who viewed natural history as the common study of cultural and natural communities. Mark Laird is a historic landscape consultant and garden conservator and teaches landscape history at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

    Stock ID: 17450
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  • [ASHRIDGE] COULT Douglas
    A Prospect of Ashridge

    Chichester, Phillimore 1990

    262pp illustrated with b/w plates. Fine in dust wrapper. Readable account of the estate and mansion drawing on contemporary accounts and archival material. Extensive material on the work of the Bridgewater - the Canal Duke - with a chapter on the gardens and park including details of the work of Repton. Brown is responsible for the "golden valley" at Ashridge, made in a narrow dry valley edged with curving woodland at its edges. Useful overview on the history of the estate.

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  • Two volumes bound together 1794 -1798 PRICE Sir Uvedale [1747-1829]
    An Essay on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime and Beautiful; an, on the Use of Studying Pictures, for the Purpose of Improving Real Landscape and Essays on the Picturesque

    London: J. Robson and Hereford D Walker 1794 -1798

    First editions: First volume: xv, 288pp. A key contribution to the picturesque controversy that developed at the end of the 18th century on the merits of the picturesque style of landscape gardening in contrast to the naturalistic styles of Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. Price advocates here his first statements of the picturesque ideal [after William Gilpin's works on the subject], reconciling Burke and Sir Joshua Reynolds for the first time. Bound with volume 2 "Essays on the Picturesque... "Hereford: D. Walker, 1798 [First edition of additional material on the subject comprising Essay on artificial water. Essay on decorations. Essay on architecture and buildings.]. Title, xxvi + [2]pp,432pp. Full calf, rebacked with gilt decorated spine, raised bands and gilt decorated red spine label. Marbled end papers. Armourial bookplate of William Phelps. Very good copy. The volumes together are considered a primary document for revealing Price's views on the Picturesque Controversy raging at the time amongst leading landscape designers in Britain.

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  • Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay by  EWART EVANS. George
    EWART EVANS. George
    Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay

    London Faber and Faber Ltd 1956

    First edition. 250pp b/w illustrations. 8vo.Cloth covered boards with illustrated dust wrapper. VG. First edition of this account of Rural life in the East Suffolk village of Blaxhall and the surrounding district. Illustrated by Thomas Bewick. Attractive illustrated survey by this well known writer and folklorist who became a dedicated collector of oral history and oral tradition in the East Anglian countryside from the 1940s to 1970.

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  • PHILLIPS, Henry F. H. S.,
    Flora Historica: or the Three Seasons of The British Parterre [historically and botanically treated] with Observations on Planting to secure a regular succession of flowers, from the commencement of spring to the end of autumn.

    London E. Lloyd and Son 1829

    Second edition revised. Volume I, xilvii + 333 pages Volume 2 viii + 423pp + full index. Quarter calf, marbled boards. Missing title label on volume 1. Tooled spines. Henry Phillips (1775?-1838) was both a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Linnaean Society. Popular writer on horticulture.

    Stock ID: 18951
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  • Forest Park by  LOUGHLIN Caroline and Catherine ANDERSON
    LOUGHLIN Caroline and Catherine ANDERSON
    Forest Park

    St Louis and University of Missouri Press 1986

    304pp with over 250 b/w photographs, maps and plans throughout. Cloth vg indeed in dw, similar with very light shelf-wear in protective glassine. Founded in the 1870s, the park was the site of the 1904 World's Fair, and played host to festivals and concerts throughout the 20th century. This is a beautifully illustrated account of its history, showing how this important civic landscape has been shaped by time and the needs of the city, combining conservation and innovation. Dedication copy signed by both authors.

    Stock ID: 10942
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  • Gardens in the Modern Landscape by  TUNNARD Christopher
    TUNNARD Christopher
    Gardens in the Modern Landscape

    London Architectural Press (1938) 2nd rev. ed. 1948

    184pp, b/w plates and line illustrations. 4to. Cloth. d/w scuffed and slightly torn along the edges, otherwise in good condition. Assessses the historical traditions in landscape design as an introduction to contemporary garden design. Really one of the only books to address modern movement garden design.

    Stock ID: 16097
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    Glasgow Garden Festival 1988 Souvenir Brochure and Official Guide

    Glasgow Garden Festival 1988

    160pp illus with colour and b/w plates and including period ads. 4to. Decorated wrappers featuring Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Key source for the pavilions, gardens, outdoor sculpture and spaces. Loosely inserted press releases and photocopies relating to the event. Loosely inserted are two copies of one leaflet advertising the Gateshead festival to be held in 1990.

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  • (MEHLHORN) MEHLHORN Oscar R., Spezialfabrik für Gewächshäuser (Wintergärten, Palmen-und Treibhäuser etc.) Zentralheizungsanlagen, Reform-Frühbeetfenster
    II. Sammlung eigens entworfener oder ausgeführter Gewächshäuser-und Heizungsanlagen

    Schweinsburg-Crimmtschau Oscar Mehlhorn, printed by Graphische Kunstanstalt Conrad Missbach, Gössnitz c.1906

    162pp, 3 b/w figures, 11 b/w illustrations, 62 b/w diagrams, 14 b/w photographs, 2 monochrome photographs, 2 colour illustrations, 21 colour drawings. oblong 8vo. wrappers. one word of possibly the name of the publisher or the placename rubbed out on front wrapper, else vg indeed. The well-known and respected Mehlhorn company for hothouses and heating systems was awarded gold medals at international horticultural exhibitions in Düsseldorf and Chemnitz in 1904 and 1905. In this brochure, Oscar Mehlhorn explains the mechanics of his heating system for hothouses and has selected a variety of examples of large hothouses for horticultural businesses and nurseries as well as stately houses and he presents conservatories added to domestic homes. A richly illustrated and beautifully presented survival and a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Mehlhorn company.

    Stock ID: 18918
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  • VESENTINI Margherita Azzi (co-ordinator of the project)
    Il Giardino Veneto Dal Tardo Medioevo al Novecento

    Milano Electa 1988

    360pp illus with b/w and colour plates with illustrations drawn also from period maps and plans. Square 4to. Very good with dust wrapper. With nice slipcase. Individual contributors, each an expert in their field docujment individual gardens in the area. Superbly produced book. Text in Italian.

    Stock ID: 10198
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  • Copyright, 1902 by Charles W. Eliot
    ELIOT, Charles
    Landscape Architect A Lover of Nature and of His Kind Who Trained Himself for a New Profession, Practised It Happily and Through It Wrought Much Good

    Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press 1924

    (i-ii)+frontispiece+(iii-xxiv)+(i)+1-770, includes several full page illustrations as well as in-text illustrations, an appendix and an index, previous owner name and address in front board, green boards with gilt lettering on front board and spine, maps of the Metropolitan District of Boston showing local public holdings of the Metropolitan Park Commission from 24 January 1893 and 1 July 1910 inserted in front and rear pockets. 8vo. Biography of the American landscape architect Charles Eliot (1859-1897) which includes Eliot's own writings. Dedication page: For the dear son who died in his bright prime from the father. A very good copy. Eliot was a devotee of the picturesque and travelled to Europe to observe first hand the works of Repton, Brown, Prince Puklau Muskau. In his short career he worked in his own right before joining the Olmsted practice. He died at 38. HIs major legacy is aguably the landscape of the Charles River in Boston.

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  • Nature's Alchemist: John Parkinson - Herbalist to Charles I by  PARKINSON Anna
    Nature's Alchemist: John Parkinson - Herbalist to Charles I

    London Francis Lincoln 2008

    256pp illus. Small 4to. Attractive bright yellow dust wrapper. Useful assessment of this key figure and author of the beautiful "Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris". His lifelong passion for plants was intimately bound up with the new dawn of scientific enquiry and the struggles of faith. The book follows him from a humble childhood in Lancashire to a career as an apothecary in London which would bring him to high office under Charles I. It investigates how he tried, with his medical colleagues, to create a new 'common wealth' to replace the old monastic system, vesting his effort in writing the most comprehensive and scientific herbal there had ever been in English. Yet as a Catholic he kept a low profile, quietly growing an extraordinary range of flowers for 'delight and pleasure' in his notable garden in Covent Garden.

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  • (MARX) SILVA Roberto
    New Brazilian Gardens: The Legacy of Burle Marx

    London, Thames and Hudson 2006

    192pp with colour illustrations throughout. Cloth in d/w, new copy, still in plastic wrapping. A survey of modern Brazilian garden design, divided into chapters on water features, planting features, abstraction features and sculpture features, each showcasing the work of a number of designers. Lovely illustrations. In print at 29.95.

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  • The Gibson Archive of photographs was purchased by the National Maritime Museum in 2013. John Valentine Archive is at the University of St Andrews.
    Photograph Album of Tresco, Isles of Scilly  by 19th Century Island Life, Tresco, off the coast of Cornwall GIBSON'S OF SCILLY AND PENZANCE, JOHN VALENTINE'S AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS
    19th Century Island Life, Tresco, off the coast of Cornwall GIBSON'S OF SCILLY AND PENZANCE, JOHN VALENTINE'S AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Photograph Album of Tresco, Isles of Scilly

    nd c1880-1890

    Hand written title page in ink "Isles of Scilly". 40 large format photographs, some 8x10 inches(203mm x 254mm) and others 6x8 inches(152mm x 203mm). + 5pp snapshots All sepia. Foxing to mounts and some browning to these all but the first two images unaffected by foxing. Late nineteenth century album rebound in modern cloth preserving original album spine. New end papers. Overall 80% of images are sharp, 20% have some fading but in all cases the interest and quality of the compositions is very good. The images comprise the house and gardens at Tresco Abbey including 2 striking 8x10 inch (203mm x 254mm) interiors of the house, further interiors and exteriors of one of the green houses, the ornamental grounds with subtropical plants including Yucca's and setting. Yet other images document social history aspects of the island. These document working life, daffodil fields, commercial flowers and fishing. Others concentrate on leisure pursuits including tennis + rowing. The sea is always present. 18 of the images are attributable to the the Gibsons and 8 to John Valentine but others have no attribution. The album includes two images of the contemporary ferry, possibly the Little Western. As well as an image of Cromwell's Castle, built after the 1651 conquest of the Scilly Isles it is one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain. Also excellent images record the unique coastal geology of Peninnis Head (Southern most point of saint Mary's) and Round Island Lighthouse designed by William Tregathen Douglass for Trinity House, completed in 1887. These images also give a fascinating insight into period dress. A rare insight into the social history, architecture, geology and horticulture of a unique island at at time when the proprietors of the Scilly's was Thomas Algernon Smith-Dorrien-Smith of Tresco Abbey.

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  • Photographs of Pineapple Growing in the Azores by  A. ARRUDA
    Photographs of Pineapple Growing in the Azores

    A. Arruda, Azores 1962

    18 b/w photographs. All images 240x175, mounts 450x370. Complete set of loose folios, possibly once into an album. Images very good. Mounts slightly scuffed at edges. Captions in white ink in Portuguese. The photographs record pineapple growing - the operation owned by Dr Augusto Rebello Arruda on the Azorean islands of island of St Michael. They were taken in 1962 to celebrate the visit of the president of the Portuguese Republic, Admiral Thomas Americo, and his wife. Pineapples in the Azores are grown under glass. The photographs illustrate the complete process: the gathering of materials, the erection and maintenance of large greenhouses, and the harvesting, packaging and exportation of the fruit. All photographs are accompanied by captions in Portuguese. Together they constitute a fascinating record of large-scale fruit-growing in the early 1960s, blending traditional and modern methods. A. Arruda Pineapple Plantation is still functioning today.

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    Plan, Particulars and Conditions of Sale of the Charming Freehold Residential and Sporting Estate Known as Hellifield Peel to be offered for sale by auction by Dacre, Son & Hartley at the Devonshire Hotel, Skipton Monday 15th September 1947

    8pp illustrated with b/w plates. Pencil prices given for some lots which made up the small estate. Large colour fold out plan at the end showing the extent of the estate for sale at the time

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    Proposed Conservatory for Major Bousfield: Four Original Drawings for a Conservatory at Parkside, Kendal

    nd c1869-1875

    Weeks & Co, Kings Road, Chelsea, London ..... 'Horticultural Builders and Warming Engineers. Perspective view of the conservatory in pen and ink 350x580mm + two plans and a sectional drawing each 300x500mm, unframed. Major Nathaniel Bousfield, MP for Bath lived for a few years at Parkside in a house designed by J. S. Crowther for Robert Crewsden, a textile manufacturer from Alderley Edge where Crowther was based. Crowther is probably best known for his restoration work at Manchester Cathedral. He built a fine gothic revival house in 1865. The Crewsden family sold the property to Bousfield in 1869 but they sold it on in 1875 dating these drawings between these two dates. Superb pen and ink perspective and one plan which documents the floor plan with plants in situ. Beautifully executed. Weeks & Co are are well known firm and were working from the 1820s on glass houses. By 1818 they had established a nursery in London but soon developed both a system of hot houses and heating systems for them using steam. The firm had various financial ups and downs but after 1840 they grew from strength to strength. In 1853 designed the Grand Winter Garden at Chelsea to promote the firm and act as a second Crystal Palace for London. Surviving plans for domestic hot houses rarely appear on the market for sale. There are plans for Ingestree Hall by Weeks in Staffordshire Record Office and other sets for sites in Suffolk and Herefordshire.

    Stock ID: 18612
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  • The Anglo-Dutch Garden in the Age of William and Mary by  HUNT John Dixon (editor)
    HUNT John Dixon (editor)
    The Anglo-Dutch Garden in the Age of William and Mary

    Journal of Garden History Volume 8 no 2 and 3 1989

    Special double issue edited by Joh Dixon Hunt. Parallel texts in English and Dutch. 16pp colour plates + 100s of b/w plates. Long 4to. Decorated wrappers. Produced in association with the major exhibition on gardens of these period hosted by Christies and also held at Het Loo.

    Stock ID: 18092
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