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Catalogue of books on wild plants, plant science and botanical illustration

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210080
Anderson, Frank J.
The Complete Book of 169 Redoute Roses
Abbeville Press, New York, 1979.
Quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling and upper board rose decoration; 149pp., colour illustrations. Spotting to text block edges; toned page edges and one or two scattered spots to pages; 'horticultural training centre' stamp three times within. Illustrated dustwrapper mildly rubbed with some light toning to edges, one or two tiny scrapes at corners; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
40878
Attenborough, David
The Private Life of Plants A natural history of plant behaviour
BBC Books, London, 1995.
Small quarto, hardcover, colour illustrations, 320pp. Minor wear; mild spotting to upper text block edges and a few scattered spots on half title page. Otherwise very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. Based on the popular six-part BBC program, this book offers what writer/filmmaker David Attenborough is best known for delivering: an intimate view of the natural world wherein a multitude of miniature dramas unfold. In the program and book, both titled The Private Life of Plants, Attenborough treks through rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts, beaches, and home gardens to show us things we might never have suspected about the vegetation that surrounds us. With their extraordinary sensibility, plants compete endlessly for survival and interact with animals and insects: they can see, count, communicate, adjust position, strike, and capture. Attenborough makes the plant world a vivid place for readers, who in this book can enjoy the tour at their own pace, taking in the lively descriptions and nearly 300 full-colour photos showing plants in close detail.
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$28
203033
Benson, J.S., & P.A. Redpath
The nature of pre-European native vegetation in south-eastern Australia a critique of Ryan, D.G., Ryan, J.R. and Starr, B.J. (1995) The Australian Landscape - Observations of Explorers and Early Settlers
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney NSW, 1997.
Stapled quarto booklet; 285-328pp. Mild rubbing to card covers and light wear to edges. Very good.
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$18
209960
Bernhardt, Peter
Natural Affairs A Botanist Looks at the Attachments between Plants and People
Villard Books/Random House Inc., New York NY, 1993.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with silver-gilt spine titles and metallic blue upper board decorations; 226pp., untrimmed, with 8pp. of colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; spine extremities mildly softened; text block top edge a little softened. Dustwrapper is a little rubbed and edgeworn; rear flap creased. Very good.
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$20
204732
Blakeley, W.F.
A Key to Eucalypts - Third edition with Descriptions of 522 Species and 150 Varieties; with an appendix - Leaflet No. 92 - "Taxonomy and Nomenclature of Eucalypts" by R.D. Johnston and Rosemary Marryatt, 1965.
Commonwealth of Australia, Department of National Development, Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra ACT, 1965.
Royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles and upper board titling; 359pp. (plus a 24pp. Appendix), with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed and edgeworn with some mild spotting; text block edges lightly toned with some spots; faint offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf; inked marginalia to the flyleaf and very occasionally in the text; a couple of pages lightly creased. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good. William Faris Blakely (November 1875 - 1 September 1941) was an Australian botanist and collector. From 1913 to 1940 he worked in the National Herbarium of New South Wales, working with Joseph Maiden on Eucalyptus, Maiden named a red gum in his honour, Eucalyptus blakelyi. His botanical work centred particularly on Acacias, Loranthaceae and Eucalypts.
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$45
201805
Breeden, Stanley and Kaisa
Wildflower Country Discovering biodiversity in Australia's Southwest
Fremantle Press, Fremantle WA, 2010.
Large quarto; hardcover, red boards with white upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 240pp., colour illustrations. Mild wear to board corners. Near fine in like dustwrapper. There are few other places on earth where flowers are so all pervasive, so varied and as sumptuous as in southwest Western Australia. It is one of 39 special places in the world, named International Biodiversity Hotspots, where there have been explosions of evolution - veritable cauldrons of species making. Award-winning photographers Stanley and Kaisa Breeden journey into this unique landscape. Part fine art photography, part travelogue, this book will delight nature lovers anywhere.
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$40
89177
Bridson, Gavin D.R., & Donald E. Wendel, with James J. White
Printmaking in the Service of Botany Catalogue of an Exhibition
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh PA, 1986.
Quarto paperback; 165pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; mild spotting to white cover edges and text block edges. Very good to near fine.
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$30
202320
Brooker, M.I.H., & D.A. Kleinig
Field Guide to Eucalypts: Volume 2 - South-western and Southern Australia - Third Edition
Bloomings Books Pty. Ltd., Melbourne Vic., 2001.
Quarto; hardcover; orange boards with white upper board titles and decoration and decorative endpapers; 428pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Owner's stamp on half-title page. Minor wear; residue of tape mark on dustwrapper spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$70
210007
Camilleri, Tony (Sam Camilleri, Terry Knight & Anna Argent, illus.)
Carnivorous Plants
Kangaroo Press, East Roseville NSW, 1998.
Quarto; paperback; 103pp., colour illustrations. Mild edgewear and rubbing to covers; spine slightly sunned. Very good.
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$17
210029
Coats, Alice M.
The Quest for Plants A History of the Horticultural Explorers
Studio Vista, London, 1969.
Octavo hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling; 400pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; well-rubbed board edges and corners; one or two marks on text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with long tear on upper rear edge and small on on upper front; a few tiny chips on edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good.
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$45
210061
Cottesloe, Gloria, & Doris Hunt
The Duchess of Beaufort's Flowers
Webb & Bower, Exeter UK, 1983.
Quarto hardcover; yellow boards with brown upper board and spine titling, brown endpapers; 64pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; rubbed and bumped board edges and corners; spotted text block edges and upper board edges. Illustrated dustwrapper; sunned along spine panel, upper front and fore-edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
95220
Cribb, A.B. & J.W.
Wild Medicine in Australia
William Collins Pty. Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1981.
Octavo; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling and blue endpapers; 228pp., 8pp. of colour plates. Minor wear; board edges lightly scuffed and corners frayed; spotting and toning to text block edges; chipping at dustwrapper corners and spine panel extremities. Otherwise very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
99474
Cribb, Phillip & Michael Tibbs
A Very Victorian Passion - The Orchid Paintings of John Day, 1863-1888 From the Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Blacker Publishing and Thames and Hudson, London, 2004.
Oblong quarto hardcover; 464pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new. John Day's ink and watercolour illustrations of over 2300 orchids now form one of the most important botanical archives in the world. This book presents 280 of those illustrations, as well as discussing the Victorians' love of orchids and looking at 'a year in the life of a Victorian orchid grower'.
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$50
87087
de Feydeau, Elisabeth
From Marie-Antoinette's Garden An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album
Flammarion, Paris, 2013.
Quarto hardcover, illustrated boards, blue-green endpapers; 239pp., colour illustrations. Mild wear to lower board edges and a small scrape on upper board title, some rubbing to cover. Very good to near fine otherwise. No dustwrapper.
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$40
92384
Desmond, Ray
Great Natural History Books and their Creators
British Library and Oak Knoll Press, London, 2003.
Quarto hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titling, beige endpapers; 176pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild spotting to upper text block edges. Near fine in like illustrated white dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Amongst the greatest books every created are the large-scale works of natural history researched and written by apothecaries, scientists and others for whom the study of the natural world was a consuming passion. Behind each book there is a story to tell - how and why the volume was created, the vicissitudes suffered by those engaged in its production, the slow journey to the market, and above all the beauty of the plates, which today are so often reproduced out of their original context and often very much smaller. Such books are now amongst the rarest and most sought-after by today's collectors. For example "Hortus Eystettensis", Thornton's "Temple of Flora", Audubon's "Birds of America" and the Daniells' "Oriental Scenery". The stories behind many such books are told by Ray Desmond, with many reproduced colour plates from original copies in The British Library and other major archives.
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$45
210066
Elliot, W. Rodger, & David L. Jones (Trevor L. Blake, illus.)
Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants - two volumes, signed
Lothian Publishing Co., Melbourne Vic., 1980 - 1982.
Two quarto hardcover volumes; brown boards with gilt spine titling, blue map endpapers; 336 + 517pp., colour and b&w illustrations. Owner's name and inscription to owner by David Jones on Volume I title page. Minor wear; rubbing to board corners, a few small bumps; mild scattered spotting to endpapers and half-title page of Vol. I; well-spotted text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with browned spine and rear panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$90
63086
Fairley, Alan & Philip Moore
Native Plants of the Sydney District An Identification Guide
Kangaroo Press Pty. Ltd./The Society for Growing Australian Plants - NSW Ltd., Kenthurst NSW, 1989.
Quarto; hardcover; green boards with gilt spine titles, yellow endpapers; 432pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Very minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges. A very good to near fine copy in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$100
208743
Fara, Patricia
Sex, Botany & Empire The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks
Icon Books Ltd., London, 2017.
Octavo; paperback; 169pp. Remainder. New.
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$12
63843
Fowles, John, & Frank Horvat
The Tree
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1980.
First Australian edition. Oblong quarto hardcover; brown cloth boards with gilt spine titling, brown endpapers; unpaginated, colour illustrations. Inscription. Minor wear; scattered spotting on half-title and title page with random spotting throughout; mild spotting on text block edges; very good to near fine in like slightly rubbed dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. When these hauntingly beautiful studies of trees were first exhibited in France they were hailed as 'an achievement in the realm of photography that makes his work equal the highest moments of painting', and they attracted the novelist John Fowles with their powerful simplicity and their ability to see nature as even paintings could not: 'In many ways painters did not begin to see nature whole until the camera saw it for them; and already in this context, had begun to supersede them'.
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$35
203018
Fuhrer, Bruce, & Richard Robinson
Rainforest Fungi of Tasmania and South-East Australia
CSIRO, East Melbourne Vic., 1992.
Octavo; paperback; 95pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spine faded. Very good.
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$60
69419
Fuller, Leon, & Kevin Mills
Native Trees of Central Illawarra
Weston & Co., Kiama, NSW, 1988.
Second printing: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 186pp., with many monochrome and full-colour photographic illustrations. Previous owner's ink inscription to an early blank page. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper.
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$22
11357
Fullerton, Patricia
Ellis Rowan The Flower Hunter
National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT, 2002.
Quarto; gatefold paperback; 105pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; mild edgewear and rubbing to covers; very faint spotting and toning to the text block and page edges. Very good.
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$25
83988
Gilbert, Lionel
The Orchid Man - signed by the author The Life, Work and Memoirs of the Rev. H.M.R. Rupp 1872-1956
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW, Australia, 1992.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 248pp., many monochrome illustrations and 8pp. of full-colour plates. Signed by the author in ink on the half-title page; slightly cocked; text block top edge lightly spotted; minor softening to the spine extremities. Minor edge wear to dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine.
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$40
210146
Gilmour, John, & Max Walters (James Fisher, et al., eds.; Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis)
Wild Flowers - The New Naturalist series, no.5 Botanising in Britain
Collins, London, 1954.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 242pp., with 32pp. of colour plates, 24pp. of monochrome plates and some illustrations likewise. Mild wear; slightly shaken; spine extremities lightly softened; toning and spotting to the text block edges; light offset to the endpapers and preliminaries; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn and lower panel spotted; spine panel lightly sunned and extremities chipped (no loss of text or images); light chipping to the flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
210121
Graham, Robin, with Ronald Roy
Slipper Orchids The Art of Digby Graham
Croom Helm Ltd., London, 1982.
Folio; hardcover, full cloth with upper board titles; 109pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some light corner bumping; board top edges and spine sunned. Dustwrapper well sunned, especially along the main panel edges and spine panel; a short tear to the top edge of the lower panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$45
92380
Grierson, Mary (intro. William T Stearn & notes Christopher Brickell)
An English Florilegium - The Tradescant Legacy Flowers, Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, Herbs
Thames & Hudson, London, 1987.
Folio hardcover; dark green cloth boards with gilt spine titling and upper board publisher's insignia, illustrated floral endpapers; 240pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Owner's name stamp. Minor wear; very faint spotting to upper text block edges; slightly rubbed white illustrated dustwrapper with mild browning to edges. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. A beautifully produced book including 52 watercolour plates in colour by the acclaimed botanical artist Mary Grierson illustrating 150 plants. Comprises a twenty two page introductory essay by William Stearn ("The two Tradescants and their Plants" - John Tradescant the Elder, c.1570-1638, and his son John Tradescant the Younger, 1608-1662) followed by five chapters illustrated with full colour plates, a bibliography and an "Index of Plants".
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$100
204950
Griffiths, Mark
The Lotus Quest In Search of the Sacred Flower
Chatto & Windus, London, 2009.
Hardcover, octavo; dark red boards with gilt spine titling and red endpapers 338pp., colour and monochrome plates. Mildly toned text block edges and slight wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Galvanised by receiving seeds from a three-thousand-year-old lotus, which flowered without difficulty in an English summer, Mark Griffiths set out to track the path of this sublime plant to its home in the Lotus-Lands of Japan. "The Lotus Quest" unveils a stunning vision of Japan's feudal era, as Griffiths visits shrines, ruins, gardens and wild landscapes, and meets priests and archaeologists, philosophers and anthropologists, gardeners and botanists, poets and artists, and even dines on the lotus in a Tokyo cafe. Beautifully illustrated, intensely atmospheric and full of suspense, "The Lotus Quest" shows how the deep crimson of the lotus runs like a tracer dye, tracking the spread, fusion and fission of the world's great civilizations.
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$23
88238
Hansen, Eric
Orchid Fever A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy
Methuen, London, 2000.
Hardcover, octavo; red boards with silver gilt spine titling; 272pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; browned and spotted text block edges and toning to page edges; mild rubbing and wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good. A true story of one of the world's strangest plants and humanity's oddest obsessions: the orchid, brought to book by the author, traveller and self-confessed orchid obsessive. From the Orinoco River to the hothouses of Kew, and the clandestine nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of Minnesota, this is a dark and humorous tale of orchid smugglers, ice-cream makers and visionary breeders; of corruption, murder and moths with 12-inch tongues; and of the vicious, bizarre world of international plant politics and the wide range of gentle people whose overriding passion is the cultivation of these beautiful, fragile flowers.
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$20
76485
Harris, Thistle Y. (Adam Forster, illus.)
Wild Flowers of Australia
Angus & Robertson Publishers, Sydney NSW, 1979.
Octavo; hardcover; green boards with gilt spine title, green endpapers; 206pp., with 67pp. of full-colour plates. Worn board edges with some fraying and small loss especially at heel of spine; browned and spotted text block and page edges. Illustrated dustwrapper sunned along spine and edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$20
89135
Harvey, W.H. (Sophie C. Ducker, ed.)
The Contented Botanist Letters of W.H. Harvey about Australia and the Pacific
Miegunyah Press, Melbourne Vic., 1988.
Limited edition of 1000 copies. Hardcover, octavo; red cloth boards with gilt spine titling, green endpapers; 413pp., colour and monochrome plates and illustrations; biographical notes; plants mentioned in the letters; subscription prospectus of specimens of Australian algae; Notes; Bibliography; Index and others. Minor wear; a few faint spots on upper text block edges and mildly faded dustwrapper spine. Otherwise near fine and covered in protective film. William Henry Harvey, a Professor of Botany from Dublin, Ireland, was a prolific letter writer, and during his career and particularly in his travels, he engaged in friendly correspondence with Sir William Hooker, Professor and Mrs Asa Gray and other outstanding scientists of his time. His specialities were the marine plants, the algae, but he was equally knowledgeable about higher plants. His published work on the Australian flora is an important milestone and occupies a significant place in the history of Australian science. The history of his preparation of Phycologia australica is told in Harvey's own words. Until a few years ago the fate of Harvey's correspondence had been a mystery, but the letters from his travels were rediscovered by Dr Ducker in the Asa Gray Herbarium at Harvard University. They are well written, and interesting from a social/historical point of view, as well as for their scientific content. Here we have an insight into the enquiring mind of an outstanding Victorian botanist and his changing view of the world as a result of his extended travels. In Australia and the Pacific Islands he met all kinds of people, mixing with ticket-of-leave men during his walk from Fremantle to Albany, dining with the gentlemen of Port Phillip, visiting clergymen and botanists in Tasmania and convicts at Port Arthur; about all this he wrote with much vitality and good humour. Sophie Ducker exposes Harvey's love of life, nature and science and, it seems, also her own. 'Contented' is perfectly apt. The letters selected for this book are unabridged. They are of national and international significance, not only to the scientific community, but also for their Australian and Pacific historical content.
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$45
209951
Hoffman, Noel, & Andrew Brown
Orchids of South-West Australia Second edition
University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands WA, 1992.
Reprint: royal octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards and endpaper maps; 428pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; a little shaken; boards lightly rubbed; some pen impressions to the first few pages. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good. Laid in: a photocopied paper about orchids by one of the authors.
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$90
211595
Holden, Edith
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
Webb & Bower Ltd./Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York NY, 1980.
Facsimile reprint: quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titling; 186pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; slightly cocked; spine extremities softened; spotting to the text block edges. Price-clipped dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel with mild edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Facsimile edition of a naturalist's diary for the year 1906.
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$20
209150
Hubbard, C.E. (Joan Sampson, illus.)
Grasses A Guide to their Structure, Identification, Uses, and Distribution in the British Isles
Pelican/Penguin Books Aust., Pty. Ltd., Ringwood Vic., 1968.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 463pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; wrappers rubbed and edgeworn; spine creased; text block edges toned with spotting; previous owner's name in ink to the first page. Very good. 152 grasses described and illustrated.
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$10
56542
Jones, David L.
Cycads of the World Ancient plants in today's landscape
Reed New Holland, Sydney, 2000.
Hardcover, small quarto; brown boards with white spine titling, green illustrated endpapers, 312pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; slightly scuffed lower board corners and edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper. Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. Because of their great antiquity they have been described as living fossils and the coelacanths of the plant world. Cycads were an important source of food for the dinosaurs and, despite their toxicity, they have been prepared for food and valued by many cultures. Today they may be regarded as relicts, still widely distributed but diminished in diversity and persisting only in small disjunct communities. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered an upsurge of interest in their conservation. With "Cycads of the World" David Jones has achieved that difficult task of writing a scientifically accurate text which is easy both to read and to understand. The book covers all 185 living species in their 11 genera. It has over 250 colour photographs, many descriptive line drawings, identification keys, distribution maps, and 16 fine old colour engravings previously hidden away in antique volumes. David records the prehistory and history of cycads and their economic importance. He provides detailed information on their cultivation, biology, and propagation. The book will appeal to gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturists, botanists, conservationists, and curious general readers alike.
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$35
30810
Jones, D.L., & B. Gray
Australian Climbing Plants
Reed Pty. Ltd., Frenchs Forest NSW, 1977.
Hardcover, small quarto, 166pp, monochrome and colour plates. Owner's name, spotted text block edges, board edges rubbed; good in moderately worn dustwrapper, few tiny tears, creasing to edges. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Although many books have been published on Australian plants, little attention has so far been given to climbers, twiners, creepers and trailers. This book is intended as an introduction to the range and diversity of climbing plants, rather than as a complete study. Some 250 species are illustrated, many for the first time. As well as aiding in species identification, the book presents details of the various species, such as the flowers and fruits which are especially beautiful or interesting. Following an alphabetical arrangement, the authors outline identification, grouping, ecology, cultivation and propagation. With colour photographs.
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$15
93614
Jones, D.L., & S.C. Clemesha
Australian Ferns and Fern Allies
A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty. Ltd., Frenchs Forest NSW, 1978.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover; green boards with gilt spine-titles and decorated endpapers; 294pp., with many monochrome illustrations and 12pp. of full-colour plates. Owner's name; spotted text block edges; some sunning to board spine and edges rubbed, frayed corner; spotting to text block edges. Illustrated dustwrapper with faded spine and upper rear edge; mild wear to edges and chipping at corners; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$23
31688
Kerr, Joan, & Hugh Falkus
From Sydney Cove to Duntroon A Family Album of Early Life in Australia
Hutchinson Group (Aust.) Pty. Ltd./Victor Gollancz Ltd., Melbourne Vic., 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 128pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. From Sydney Cove to Duntroon, by Joan Kerr and Hugh Falkus, is a well researched and lavishly illustrated family album of early life in Australia. It is the story of two remarkable women, Sophia Palmer and her daughter-in-law Marrianne Collinson Close who both married into the Campbell family and established their homes and gardens at Wharf House, Sydney, and Duntroon, Canberra, respectively. Both were artists of some repute, with a special inclination towards botanical illustration. The authors have collected their little known work together and produced a fine tribute to them, as well as a valuable historical record of early life in Australia.
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$25
70149
Kingsbury, Noel
Hybrid The History & Science of Plant Breeding
University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL, 2009.
Hardcover, octavo, 493pp. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dustwrapper. Near fine. Disheartened by the shrink-wrapped, Styrofoam-packed state of contemporary supermarket fruits and vegetables, many shoppers hark back to a more innocent time, to visions of succulent red tomatoes plucked straight from the vine, gleaming orange carrots pulled from loamy brown soil, swirling heads of green lettuce basking in the sun. With Hybrid, Noel Kingsbury reveals that even those imaginary perfect foods are themselves far from anything that could properly be called natural; rather, they represent the end of a millennia-long history of selective breeding and hybridization. Starting his story at the birth of agriculture, Kingsbury traces the history of human attempts to make plants more reliable, productive, and nutritious a story that owes as much to accident and error as to innovation and experiment. Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs and thus led us from sparse wild grasses to succulent corn cobs, and from mealy, white wild carrots to the juicy vegetables we enjoy today. At the same time, Kingsbury reminds us that contemporary controversies over the Green Revolution and genetically modified crops are not new; plant breeding has always had a political dimension. A powerful reminder of the complicated and ever-evolving relationship between humans and the natural world, Hybrid will give readers a thoughtful new perspective on, and a renewed appreciation of, the cereal crops, vegetables, fruits, and flowers that are central to our way of life.
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$28
210053
Kress, W. John
The Weeping Goldsmith Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar
Abbeville Press, New York NY, 2009.
Small quarto; hardcover, with blind stamped upper board titles and gilt spine titling; 272pp., with colour illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine This intriguing memoir by W. John Kress, a curator of botany at the Smithsonian Institution, recounts the time he spent over nine years exploring the wilderness of Myanmar (formerly called Burma) in search of rare and beautiful plants. In his work as a botanical taxonomist, or classifier of plant species, Dr. Kress had travelled extensively in Latin America, southeast Asia, southern China, and the islands of the South Pacific. In Myanmar, however, he not only a natural environment but also a social and cultural landscape unlike any he had experienced before. "Myanmar [was] one of the most fascinating lands I would ever visit," he wrote, "one of the most extraordinary opportunities of my life." Dr. Kress was determined to rediscover plants that had not been studied...some flowers for sale in the market place were new to science, such as the 'padeign gno' or "weeping goldsmith" a species of ginger whose name derived from the legend that the local goldsmiths were reduced to tears because none of their own creations could rival its exquisiteness. "The Weeping Goldsmith" is an acutely observed narrative of travel and scientific discovery; it will be welcomed by a general readership as well as by botanists, conservationists and environmentalists.
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$45
55659
Lamp, Charles and Frank Collet
A Field Guide to Weeds in Australia
Inkata Press, Melbourne Vic., 1976.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling, and decorative endpapers; 376pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Moderate wear; previous owner's name; binding slightly cocked; softening to the spine extremities; mild spotting to the upper text block edges and a few scattered spots to early pages. Dustwrapper well-rubbed with some fading and discolouration to spine and rear panel; scraping and chipping to spine panel extremities and corners; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. Very good. This field guide begins with some simple explanations of the botanical terms inescapable in describing plants. Its organization does not follow the formal layout of the definitive Floras of the region. Plants are not arranged in their families but are listed in alphabetical order of scientific name. It is to this extent self-indexing. However, an index of common plant names is included so that those who only know a plant by one of these names, can locate it and confirm its description.
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$25
210087
Law-Smith, Joan
The Uncommon Garden - signed
Women's Committee of the National Trust, Melbourne Vic., 1983.
Quarto; hardcover; green / beige boards with gilt spine titles, green endpapers; 127pp., with many full-colour & b&w illustrations. Signed in ink by the author on the colophon page. Minor wear only; slightly rubbed board edges and corners and one or two faint spots on text block edge. Illustrated dustwrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. A botanical artist, a writer, an illustrator and a dedicated gardener and horticulturist with a good working knowledge of botany. She was patron of the Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) from 1989 to 1998.
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$60
202976
Lawson, Elizabeth
The Natural Art of Louisa Atkinson
The State Library of NSW Press, Sydney NSW, 1995.
Quarto; hardcover, illustrated boards with upper board titles; 144pp., with a colour frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Very good to near fine. No dustwrapper. Nineteenth-century writer and journalist Louisa Atkinson was a remarkable woman. She was the author, at the age of 23, of the first novel penned by a native-born woman to be published in Australia. She was also a keen naturalist, whose close observations and detailed knowledge of the natural world found expression in the articles she wrote for Sydney newspapers. Yet Louisa Atkinson also created many artworks of the flora and fauna around her home in the Blue Mountains, most of which went unpublished during her lifetime.
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$40
88887
Leighton, Clare
Four Hedges A Gardener's Chronicle
Victor Gollancz, London, 1938.
Sixth impression. Quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine-titling; 164pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; board edges and corners slightly worn; browned text block edges and mild foxing to endpapers. Dustwrapper with foxing and browned spine panel and edges; large missing segments to spine panel and extremities and upper front and rear panel edges; a few small pen squiggles on rear panel and price elided on lower front panel; now repaired using archival-quality materials and protected in non-adhesive archival film with white paper backing. Very good. Over the course of a long and prolific career, the wood-block artist Leighton wrote and illustrated numerous books praising the virtues of the countryside and the people who worked the land. This work depicts the development of a garden from a meadow she bought in the Chilterns.
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$35
210147
Lousley, J.E. (James Fisher, et al., eds.; Robert Atkinson, et al., illus.; Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis)
Wild Flowers of Chalk & Limestone - The New Naturalist series, no.16 Botanising in Britain
Collins, London, 1950.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 254pp., with 48pp. of colour plates, 24pp. of monochrome plates, maps and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; slightly shaken; spine extremities softened; spine sunned; mild toning to the text block edges and top edge dusted with some spots; light offset to the endpapers and preliminaries; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Price-clipped dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn with spotting to the lower panel; spine panel faded and extremities chipped (no loss to text or images); light chipping to the flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
203749
Mabey, Richard
The Cabaret of Plants Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination
W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., New York NY, 2016.
Octavo; hardcover; 374pp., with many colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "The Cabaret of Plants" is a masterful, globe-trotting exploration of the relationship between humans and the kingdom of plants by the renowned naturalist Richard Mabey. A rich, sweeping, and wonderfully readable work of botanical history, The Cabaret of Plants explores dozens of plant species that for millennia have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty, and belief. Going back to the beginnings of human history, Mabey shows how flowers, trees, and plants have been central to human experience not just as sources of food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths, and symbols of war and peace, life and death.
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$25
92386
Mabey, Richard
The Frampton Flora The Secrets of Frampton Court Gardens
Quercus, London, 1985.
Hardcover, folio; black boards with gilt spine titling, marbled endpapers; 208pp., colour illustrations. Near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film A magnificent production celebrating the extraordinary discovery over twenty years ago of more than 300 Victorian flower paintings in the attic of Frampton Court in Gloucestershire. Bold, exactly observed, and beautifully executed, they represent one of the earliest and most intriguing collections of amateur flower paintings found to date. Between 1828 and 1851, sisters Elizabeth, Charlotte, Catherine and Mary Anne Clifford explored their corner of the country, and succeeded in painting an impressive number of its native plants. "The Frampton Flora" is Richard Mabey's account of the wild flowers, the painters and their paintings as well as an enduring record of the richness of the English countryside in the early 19th century. Illustrated in colour throughout, in a large format, this unique book seeks to recreate the charm and intimacy of the original notebooks in which the watercolours were found.
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$50
207333
McClure, F.A. (Foreword by Gerald Bol; Introduction by Lynn Clark)
The Bamboos
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, 1993.
Octavo; paperback; 345pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine.
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$20
90354
Maiden, J.H.
The Weeds of New South Wales - Part 1
William Applegate Gullick Government Printer, Sydney NSW, 1920.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt upper-board titles; 142pp., on glossy stock, with a full-colour frontispiece, 15 plates likewise and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; water damage to the last third of the book, not affecting the boards; text block bowed; softening to the spine extremities; some scuffing to the upper board; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's ink stamp to the flyleaf. No dustwrapper as issued. As is. Although styled as part one of an ongoing series, only this first volume was ever printed.
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$30
210225
Mann, Roger (Yvonne Arnold & Paul Barden, illus.)
Naming the Rose Discovering Who Roses are Named For
Ebury Press, North Sydney NSW, 2008.
Quarto hardcover; quarter bound with pink papered boards and decorative cloth spine with white spine titling and upper board pink titles, decorated green endpapers; 255pp., colour illustrations and white ribbon marker. Slightly cocked; mild spotting to upper text block edge. Very good to near fine.
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$25
93008
Mathew, Brian, with William T. Stearn and William Patrick Watson (P.J. Redoute, illus.)
Lilies and Related Flowers
Michael Joseph Ltd., London, 1982.
Quarto hardcover; green cloth boards with gilt spine titling and decorated green endpapers; 238pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges. Very good to near fine otherwise and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$35
201203
Moon, Beth
Ancient Skies Ancient Trees
Abbeville Press Publishers, New York NY, 2016.
Large quarto hardcover; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling and blind-stamped upper board titles; illustrated endpapers; 114pp., colour plates. Mild rubbing to dustwrapper. Near fine otherwise. Photographer Beth Moon revisits the world's oldest trees in the darkest places on earth, using colour photography to capture vibrant night time skies Throughout much of the world, night skies are growing increasingly brighter, but the force that protects the remaining naturally dark sky, unpolluted by artificial light, is the same that saves its ancient trees - isolation. Staking out some of the world's last dark places, photographer Beth Moon uses a digital camera to reveal constellations, nebulae, and the Milky Way, in rich hues that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye. As in her acclaimed first volume, "Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time", these magnificent images encounter great arboreal specimens, including baobabs, olive trees, and redwoods, in such places as South Africa, England, and California. In her artist's statement, Beth Moon describes the experience of shooting at night in these remote places.
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$50
201955
Nicholls, W.H. (D.L. Jones & T.B. Muir, eds)
Orchids of Australia - The Complete Edition Drawn in Natural Colour by W.H. Nicholls
Nelson, Melbourne Vic., 1969.
Large quarto hardcover; red cloth boards with gilt spine titling, green endpapers; 141pp., colour plates. Lightly worn board corners; offsetting and tape residue to endpapers & lightly reflected on prelims and half-title pages; lightly toned and spotted text block edges with many small stains on lower edge. A few scratches on rear panel of white illustrated dustwrapper and wear to spine panel extremities and corners. Otherwise very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. William Henry (Will) Nicholls (1885-1951), orchidologist, was born on 23 July 1885 at Ballarat, Victoria, son of Charles Thomas Nicholls, Ballarat-born schoolteacher, and his Welsh wife Sarah Jane, nee Kift. Educated to primary level at Macarthur Street State School, he won a prize for drawing from the School of Arts, East Ballarat. In 1908-11 he served in the militia, but was refused enlistment in 1915. Until the Depression years he worked as a bookbinder in Melbourne, then as propagator and plant classifier with the Footscray municipal gardens under the curatorship of his friend David Matthews. An accomplished outdoor photographer, Nicholls later concentrated on wildflower pictures, many of which were published in Wild Life and the Sun Nature Book series of the 1930s. From about 1920 he developed an obsessive interest in native orchids, stimulated no doubt by Edward Pescott and Edith Coleman, fellow members of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria. His first research paper appeared in the Victorian Naturalist (December 1925) which published almost 100 of his articles, many with excellent line-drawings, describing new species. Until a few years before his death, when several novelties began arriving from remote areas he was unable to visit, Nicholls claimed to have collected himself all but half a dozen of the 160 Victorian orchid species then known. He had long nurtured the ambition to produce an illustrated monograph on the orchid flora of the entire Commonwealth, enhanced by his own superb paintings and analytical details of flower structure. A grant from the Maud Gibson Trust (Melbourne Botanic Gardens) enabled him to research in situ in Western Australia (1946 and 1948). Arrangements were made for a 24-part, monumental work entitled Orchids of Australia, but Nicholls died before part I was published; only four parts were issued. The entire work was later published in a single volume, under the same title, in 1969: it remains the definitive work on the orchid flora of the continent.
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$150
210091
O'Brien, Seamus
In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker A Sikkim Adventure
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Publishing, London, 2018.
Quarto hardcover; white boards with gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 323pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Minor wear only; near fine. In 1847 Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) embarked on an expedition to Sikkim in the eastern Himalaya, a region where he would discover a huge number of botanical treasures previously unknown to the West. A scientist of breath-taking ability, Hooker would go on to become one of the greatest botanists and explorers of the 19th century and is perhaps the greatest of the lauded Directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In this fascinating travelogue, author Seamus O'Brien retraces Hooker's footsteps in Sikkim, bringing alive the adventure, dangers and discoveries that Hooker and his companions experienced in the mid- 19th century. Seamus describes how his drive for this expedition came from a yearning to see in the wild the plant discoveries made famous by Hooker, who described the region as 'a perfect microcosm of the Himalaya.' Following in Hooker's footsteps, the author describes how these places compare to the descriptions made by Hooker 170 years previously, and how in many ways how little Sikkim has changed little over the course of time. Hooker was a highly skilled geographer and cartographer, and in Sikkim he created the first comprehensive map of the kingdom, highlighting mountain passes that would be of enormous strategic value in the decades to come. Some of these maps are reproduced in the book along with Hooker's original sketches of the region and plants, as well as illustrated throughout with stunning photographs by the author.
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$50
91003
Pavord, Anna
The Naming of Names The Search for Order in the World of Plants
Bloomsbury, London, 2005.
Small quarto, hardcover in dustwrapper; red papered boards with black spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 471pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. A few faint spots on upper text block. Near fine otherwise in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "The Naming of Names" is about the men who searched for the rules of nature's game. What were plants to be called? What were their similarities and differences? How should they be grouped and ordered? The world was surely more than a random, chaotic jumble, if only the right key could be found to unlock the puzzle. Thus this wonderful study is a thrilling adventure into botanical history. The author travels from Athens in the third century B.C. to Constantinople, and from Venice to the universities of Padua and Pisa. Sumptuously illustrated, this volume is a compelling window into a world full of intrigue and ego.
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$35
210022
Pearson, Craig, & Judith Nasby
The Cultivated Landscape An Exploration of Art and Agriculture
McGill-Queen's University, Montreal Canada, 2008.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 290pp., colour and b&w illustrations. Minor wear; binding slightly cocked; small stain on upper text block edge; mildly toned page edges. Illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "The impact of art in this book to visually enhance the documented history of agriculture is so vivid that I was able to imagine the sense of place that landscapes that no longer exist must have portrayed to those who lived and worked within them... While there are certainly other books on the history of agriculture, no other that I have ever read has interwoven the topic with visual art in such an evocative manner. 'The Cultivated Landscape' is utterly fascinating and on occasion evokes powerful parallels with Simon Schama's brilliant 'Landscape and Memory' or even Kenneth Clark's 'Civilization'" - Richard Bawden, Systemic Development Institute, Australia.
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$35
200705
Pitman, Prof M.G.
A Fine Field for Botanizing
The Library Council of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, 1981.
Stapled square quarto paperback, 42pp, colour and monochrome illustrations. Owner's name; mild wear to card covers; else very good. Related leaflet laid in. Exhibition catalogue.
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$15
210148
Proctor, Michael, & Peter Yeo (Sir Julian Huxley, et al., eds.; Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis)
The Pollination of Flowers - The New Naturalist series, no.54
Collins, London, 1973.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 418pp., with 4pp. of colour plates, 56pp. of monochrome plates and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; cocked; spine extremities mildly softened; mild toning and spotting to the text block edges; very light offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel lightly sunned; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$85
211982
Ratsch, Christian (John R. Baker with Annabel Lee and Cornelia Ballent, trans.)
The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications
Park Street Press, Rochester NY, 2005.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 942pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants - those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness - have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Ratsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives - such as cannabis, datura, and papaver - then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as "legal highs," plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 colour photographs - many of which are from the author's extensive fieldwork around the world - showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactives.
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$150
42337
Ritchie, Rod
Seeing the Rainforests in 19th-century Australia
Rainforest Publishing, Sydney NSW, 1989.
Quarto hardcover, 171pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear to board corners and faintly spotted upper text block edges; else very good to near fine in slightly rubbed dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. 'Before the European inhabitants came to accept the eucalypt and acacia vegetation, rainforests were the favoured natural aesthetic for most of the 19th century. Whether it was for recreation or as a resource these forests were both enjoyed and exploited with equal enthusiasm. There has been much written on the sclerophyll forests but little about that seemingly exotic, although indigenous, 'other', the rainforests of eastern Australia. This book analyses the images and texts from the period to reveal the prevalent attitudes and perceptions - from the preface.
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$30
63962
Romanowski, Nick
Grasses, Bamboos and Related Plants in Australia
Lothian, Melbourne Vic., 1993.
Paperback, octavo; 168pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Faint spotting to upper text block edges; mild edgewear to covers. Very good.
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$18
89055
Rowan, Mrs [Ellis]
A Flower-Hunter in Queenland and New Zealand
John Murray, London, 1898.
First edition, second impression: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and blind-stamped and gilt upper board decoration; 272pp., all pages opened, with a monochrome frontispiece (with tissue guard), 15 plates likewise, a full-colour plate, and a folding coloured map. Mild rubbing and insect damage to the boards; spine sunned with some softening to the extremities; offset to the endpapers; mild toning to the text block and page edges. No dustwrapper. Very good. An emancipated woman far ahead of her time, she turned what her fellow Australian artists deemed a 'genteel' female pastime of flower painting into an adventurous and profitable career that took her all over the world. In a career spanning fifty years and ending with her death in 1922, she produced the phenomenal number of more than 3000 paintings, many of which she succeeded in placing in public collections. Rowan exhibited her work as far afield as London and New York and achieved acclaim at the great world expositions of her day, winning some ten gold, fifteen silver and four bronze medals. Her travels are recounted here in the form of letters addressed to her husband and family. As a reviewer wrote, 'there's not an uninteresting page in the whole book'. It has often been observed that truth did not obstruct the telling of a good story, and that the inconsistencies recorded have little bearing on the facts. Ellis Rowan was an adept self-promoter and styled herself as an 'intrepid and tenacious lady painter and adventurer,' an interesting mythical persona which contradicted her true nature - as Ellis's niece, Maie Casey, once said of her aunt, 'for much of her life she lived solitary, dedicated, in a universe of heightened visual perception." It was probably while accompanying her husband Frederic on his business trips around Australia that she met the world-travelling English flower painter, Marianne North, at Albany, Western Australia, in 1880. This eccentric woman with a strong sense of vocation provided a role model for Rowan, who later wrote: 'I became her devoted admirer, and she became the pioneer of my ambition'. Thereafter she took up a life of travel and adventure. Following Marianne North's practice of depicting her subjects in situ, Ellis Rowan trekked to remote and distant places to the tropics of Queensland on at least six occasions. Also like her mentor, saw she herself more an artist and public educator than botanical illustrator and was determined to place her paintings in the public domain.
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$250
9601
Rupp, Rev. H.M.R.
The Orchids of New South Wales
Government Printer of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, 1969.
Facsimile reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt upper board titling; 176pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many diagrams and illustrations likewise. Minor wear. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed with a few tiny tears to the edges; very slightly faded spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Facsimile edition of the book published in 1943.
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$32
88744
Sandeman, Christopher (John O'Connor, illus.)
Thyme and Bergamot
Dropmore Press, London, 1947.
Quarto hardcover; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling and gilt decoration on centre front board with gilt decorative borders on edges of board versos; 58pp. + 9 monochrome wood engravings by John O'Connor. Many uncut page edges. Minor wear; text block edges spotted. Beige card dustwrapper with browned spine and spotting to front and rear panels; tiny missing segments at extremities of spine panel. Untrimmed page and wrapper edges and printed on a hand press on hand-made paper by Hodgkinson of Wells. From a limited print run of only 550 copies; this is number 377. "Mr. Sandeman's chief passion in life is travelling, mainly in the Andes, in search of rare plants. His 'A Forgotten River', the record of one of these journeys, now unhappily out of print, is a work eagerly sought after and deeply prized by the select company which shares his tastes. The present work, better described as a rhapsody than an essay, expresses with the feeling of a poet the underlying source of his passion.."
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$40
35813
Sherwood, Shirley (ed. Victoria Matthews)
Contemporary Botanical Artists The Shirley Sherwood Collection.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2005.
Quarto paperback, 240pp, colour illustrations. Green cloth boards with gilt titling on spine. Minor wear; a few small marks on text block edges; mild rubbing to cover and minimal wear to edges and corner. Very good to near fine. Appendix and bibliography. Celebrating the renaissance of botanical art with work collected during the last five years from over a hundred painters, living in seventeen different countries around the world.
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$40
58531
Sitwell, Sacheverell
Great Flower Books 1700-1900
Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1990.
Hardcover, quarto, 189pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting on upper text block edge and dustwrapper lightly worn at edges; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. This book celebrates the world's greatest natural history monographs; of the artists and craftsmen, entrepreneurs and patrons who created the brilliant florilegiums of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Included are the works of Pierre Joseph Redoute and Robert Thornton, Georg Dionysius Ehret and Jean Louis Prevost, Samuel Curtis, George Brookshaw, and brothers Francis and Ferdinand Bauer. Handasyde Buchanan writes an overview of the period as well as an appendix detailing printing techniques used in the original published illustrations.
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$60
210126
Sprunger, Samuel, Phillip J.W. Cribb & William T. Stearn (eds.)
Orchids - two volumes, Texts and Illustrations from the Botanical Register 1815-1847
Birkhauser Verlag, Basel Switzerland, 1991.
Two volumes, quarto. Volume 1: hardcover, with illustrated boards; 326pp. Volume 2: hardcover, full cloth with upper board titles; 322pp. with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear: Volume 1 - boards a little rubbed; some spotting to the text block edges; no dustwrapper; Volume 2 - somewhat shaken; spine heel softened; boards rubbed and spine spotted; some corner-bumping; dustwrapper rubbed and scuffed with edgewear and sunning along the spine panel. Very good in a well rubbed, illustrated slipcase with some surface tears.
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$80
42598
Stearn, William T.
Botanical Latin (Fourth Edition) History, Grammar, Syntax, Terminology and Vocabulary
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1973.
Second edition. Hardcover, octavo; tan boards with gilt spine titling; 566pp., some monochrome illustrations. Annotated and revised edition. Minor wear; lightly browned text block edges with a few scattered spots; green dustwrapper with scraping and chipping at corners. Very good and covered in protective film with white paper backing.
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$35
42694
Stearn, William T. (ed.)
John Lindley, 1799-1865 Gardener, Botanist and Pioneer Orchidologist
Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge UK, 1999.
Hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, illustrated orchid endpapers; 232pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Saviour of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew from abolition and destruction by the government to save expenditure, campaigner against the tax on glass inhibiting conservatory building, influential reporter on the Irish potato famine, John Lindley is today honoured primarily as Britain's pioneer orchidologist, whose publications on the classification, description and naming remain important. That was only part of his multifarious activities as botanist and horticulturist. He was one of the most eminent, industrious, versatile, public-spirited and productive of Victorians - gardener-botanist, botanical artist, author of text books, university professor, editor and journalist. This volume marks the bicentenary of Lindley's birth in 1799; providing an account of his life and achievements supplemented with contributions by specialists on Lindley as orchidologist, horticulturist and palaeobotanist.
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$40
204835
Sulman, Florence (Eirene Mort & Dorothy M. Watkins, illus.)
A Popular Guide to the Wild Flowers of New South Wales - two volumes with 51 full-page plates
Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1913.
First edition: two volumes, octavo; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorations; 457pp. [208pp. + 249pp.] (plus 31pp. of adverts) with a folding map, two monochrome frontispieces and 49 plates likewise. Moderate wear; shaken; spine extremities softened; boards slightly fanned and corners lightly bumped; text block edges are toned with some spotting; offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper to Volume II is rubbed, sunned and edgeworn; some tears along the edges with associated creasing; chipping to the spine panel extremities; Volume I's dustwrapper is a modern facsimile; both now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$80
62760
Summerhayes, V.S. (James Fisher, et al., eds.; Robert Atkinson, et al., illus.; Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis)
Wild Orchids of Britain - the New Naturalist series no.19 With a Key to the Species
Collins, London, 1951.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 366pp., with 48pp. of colour plates, 24pp. of monochrome plates, maps and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; slightly shaken; spine extremities softened; mild toning to the text block edges; light offset to the endpapers; a small mark to the verso of the half-title. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel faded and extremities lightly chipped; light chipping to the flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. One of the classic volumes from the benchmark New Naturalist series. If competitions were held for the most beautiful, and biologically most interesting, of Britain's native wild flowers, the orchids would stand a good chance of first prize. This groundbreaking study from 1951 provided a new, less parochial view-point than provided in earlier studies. Mr Summerhayes, as curator of Kew Herbarium's unrivalled orchid collection, was able to look at Britain's fifty species in relation to his knowledge of this vast family throughout the world. Besides covering their general biology and natural history in Britain, he gives a detailed account of all Britain's species, varieties and hybrids, including maps of distribution and a key to identification. Sixty years on, this classic study remains significant, both for what it has to say, and for what is sadly shows in the poor orchid's slow disappearance.
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$40
85104
Takama, Shinji (illus.)
Bamboo of Japan Splendour in Four Seasons
Graphic-sha Publishing, Tokyo, 1986.
Square quarto softcover; 96pp., colour illustrations. Inscription to owner. Minor wear; lightly spotted cover spine with a few random spots on front; mild scuffing to dustwrapper with minimal wear to edges. Very good to near fine otherwise. Gathers photographs of bamboo forests and groves, bamboo shoots, leaves, blossoms, and roots, and gardens, mountains, and wildflowers.
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$18
210145
Turrill, W.B. (James Fisher, et al., eds.; John Markham, et al., illus.; Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis)
British Plant Life - The New Naturalist series, no.10
Collins, London, 1948.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 315pp., with 48pp. of colour plates, 24pp. of monochrome plates and many maps. Mild wear; shaken and rolled; spine sunned and extremities softened; toning to the text block edges; light offset to the endpapers; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel sunned and extremities chipped with some associated creasing (no loss of text or images); light chipping to the flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
72829
van Dongen, Ron
Bloom
Hodder Australia / Hachette Livre Australia, Pty., Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover with the title blind-stamped on the upper board and plum-coloured endpapers; 192pp. of full colour photographic plates. Near fine in like dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. 'Bloom' presents the flower as art - water lilies, daffodils, irises, tulips, roses - all in exquisite detail and vivid colour. From the palest powder-pink of a Helliborus x hybridus to the deepest, almost-black burgundy of Papaver 'Black Cloud' and the lemon-lime hues of a Hippeastrum, the acclaimed botanical photographer van Dongen captures the essence of a world in bloom.
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$35
210059
van Gelderen, D.M., P.C. de Jong and H.J. Oterdoom (J.R.P. van Hoey Smith, illus.)
Maples of the World
The Timber Press, Portland OR, 1995.
Quarto hardcover; brown boards with gilt spine titling; 458pp., colour plates and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; lightly rubbed board edges and corners. Illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine
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$50
42704
Vellacott, Helen (ed.)
Some Recollections of a Happy Life Marianne North in Australia & New Zealand
Edward Arnold, Melbourne Vic., 1986.
Hardcover, small quarto; grey board with white spine titling and pink endpapers; 128pp., monochrome and some colour illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper. Marianne North was an unmarried lady of independent means born into a highly literate and artistic environment. She became an intrepid traveller, an outstanding botanical artist and an illuminating writer. Using North's two volume journal, Helen Vellacott has added fascinating biographical sketches of the characters described there with additional notes on the places she visited. Full colour reproductions of her exquisite paintings of antipodean flora and fauna with line engravings and contemporary photographs.
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$25
210092
Walpole, Josephine
A History and Dictionary of British Flower Painters 1650-1950
Antique Collectors Club, Woodbridge Suffolk UK, 2006.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards with gilt upper board and spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 236pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; board corners bumped; page edges mildly toned. Illustrated dustwrapper with a few superficial scratches and mild wear to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine. British flower painting has its own unique, if relatively recent, history, but it can only be judged in the light of the wider history of the subject and by comparison with other, particularly European, countries. "British Flower Painters" opens with an illustrated history giving a brief introduction to floral art worldwide before concentrating on British flower painting in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. The Dictionary gives the biographical details of nearly one thousand British flower painters from 1650 to 1950 including their specialities, awards, exhibitions and bibliographic details.
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$45
76735
Waterhouse, E.G. (Adrian Feint & Paul Jones, illus.)
Camellia Quest - signed copy
Ure Smith, Sydney NSW, 1947.
Folio; hardcover: green cloth boards with upper board dark green decoration and dark green spine titling; 30pp., printed on untrimmed laid paper, with a tipped-in frontispiece and 10 other plates likewise, three full-colour and six monochrome. Limited edition of 500 signed in ink by the author and two artists. Offset to the endpapers with some mild transfer around the plates; mild scattered foxing to the preliminaries; browned and spotted text block edges. White illustrated dustwrapper with light scattered spotting and minimal wear to edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Material relating to a different publication laid in and signed by Paul Jones. Very good. Eben Gowrie Waterhouse, linguist and camellia expert, was born on 29 April 1881 at Waverley, Sydney, second son of native-born parents Gustavus John Waterhouse, mercantile clerk, and his wife Mary Jane, daughter of Ebenezer Vickery. Like his brother Gustavus Athol Waterhouse, Gowrie was known by his second name. He was educated at Waverley Public School, Sydney Grammar School and the University of Sydney, gaining first-class honours in English, French and German in his bachelor's degree. In retirement Waterhouse learned Japanese and studied the origins and nomenclature of Australian camellias. He examined records of the plants imported by Sir William Macarthur of Camden Park, checked surviving specimens and collected catalogues from camellia nurseries in North America, Europe and Australasia. Waterhouse demonstrated that the camellia known as Aspasia in Australia was a Macarthur seedling quite different from the European Aspasia and that it had prior claim to the name. Other discoveries were revealed in his books, "Camellia Quest" (1947) and "Camellia Trail" (1952), which were written in clear, attractive prose and handsomely printed on selected paper, with illustrations by Adrian Feint and Paul Jones. E.G. Waterhouse died in 1977.
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$200
202926
White, Mary E.
The Greening of Gondwana The 400 Million Year Story of Australia's Plants
Reed Books, Frenchs Forest NSW, 1994.
Second edition. Quarto; hardcover; green boards with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 256pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; board edges slightly rubbed with corners frayed; mild spotting to text block edges and some scattered spotting on half-title page; tiny tear on dustwrapper head of spine - now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. The Australian continent was once part of the great supercontinent known as Gondwana, which comprised all the major southern landmasses. By the time Australia finally severed links with Antarctica, 45 million years ago, a modern aspect flora was already established, and mixed Broadleaf-Conifer Forests covered most of the land. This exquisitely illustrated book, a major publication, tells the fascinating story of Australia's floral heritage, from its genesis through to the last stages of evolution. This edition is updated to incorporate more recent ideas about the evolution of our modern flora. Illustrated with over 400 magnificent photographs of fossils and living plants, plus maps, diagrams and artist's drawings.
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$120
210108
White, Rev. Gilbert (E.T. Bennett & James Edmund Harting, eds.; Thomas Bewick, et al., illus.)
The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne in the County of Southampton - Stereotyped edition
Swan Sonnenschien & Co. Ltd., London, nd. (1874).
Octavo; hardcover, upper board ruled in blind, with gilt spine titles and rules; 568pp., with many monochrome illustrations and decorations. Moderate wear; a touch shaken; spine extremities softened; some corner-bumping; text block edges lightly toned with some spotting and top edge dusted; heavy offset to the endpapers. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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$60