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Flora Pede...
Allioni, C.
Flora Pedemontana sive enumeratio methodica stirpium indigenarum pedemontii.
Torino, Briolus, 1785. In two text volumes and one atlas. Folio (text 40.0 x 26.0 cm; atlas 43.5 x 29.0 cm). Three half titles, and title pages in red and black, with allegorical vignettes. Tomus primus: xix, 344 pp.; Tomus secundus: 366, xxxiv, (1) pp.; Tomus tertius [Atlas]: xiv pp.; 92 engraved plates, nearly all by Francesco and Pietro Peiroleri. First text volume with a frontispiece showing King Vittorio Amadeo III of Sardinia, by Molinari. Each volume has its own title page. Text volumes in contemporary full calf with raised bands, gilt lettering and floral motifs on spine. All edges red. Atlas in contemporary paper boards with blind paper spine cover.
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The magnum opus of Carlo Allioni introducing with many newly discovered plants
The natura...
Buckman, J.
The natural history of British meadow and pasture grasses, with an account of their economy and agricultural indications.
London, Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1858. 8vo (19.3 x 12.0 cm). iv, 73 pp., two engraved plates in double suite, viz. two hand-coloured and two plain. Publisher's rich embossed cloth with gilt title on the front board.
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A very rare special copy in double suite
Commelin, C.
Praeludia botanica ad publicas plantarum exoticarum demonstrationes dicta in Horto Medico, cum demonstrationes exoticarum 3 Octobris 1701, & 29 Maji 1702. ex auctoritate Nobilissimorum & Amplissimorum D. Consulum auspicatur. His accudent plantarum exoticarum, in praeludiis botanicis recensitarum, icones & descriptiones.
Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden), J. du Vivie, 1715. 4to (25.1 x 20.2 cm). [viii], 86 pp., with 33 engravings pasted on folded leaves (one double-sized). Rebacked contemporary half goatskin with original speckled boards and original hand-stamped endpapers.
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A very rare and important work on exotic plants in which the Geranium Africanum is depicted for the first time
New Zealan...
Cranwell, T.
New Zealand ferns. Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell.
Auckland (Parnell), T. Cranwell, no date [before 1877]. Small folio 27.0 x 21.6 cm). 30 sheets with mounted ferns, each with a small, mounted label with the Latin name. Original leather spine and carved wood-panels. Marbled endpapers. Contained in recent clamshell box.
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A very rare, large format, dried fern album with wooden panels
The Botani...
Curtis, W.
The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed... To which are added, their names, class, order, generic and specific characters, according to the celebrated Linnaeus; their places of growth, and times of flowering: together with the most approved methods of culture. A work intended for the use of such ladies, gentlemen, and gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the plants they cultivate. Volumes 1-53 and index.
London, for the author, [1787]-1793-1826. 4to (24.5 x 15.5 cm). With 2709 hand-coloured engraved plates (over 150 of these folding and a few uncoloured). A complete set of the first and second series. Bound in contemporary green half calf with gilt lettering and marbled boards.
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Complete first two series of the longest running botanical journal in history
Flore pitt...
Descourtilz, M. E.
Flore pittoresque et médicale des Antilles, ou histoire naturelle des plantes usuelles des colonies Françaises, Anglaises, Espagnoles et Portugaises; Peinte d'après les dessins faits sur les lieux par M. J. Th. Descourtilz.
Paris, Privately published by Descourtilz (1827-1829, 1833). In eight volumes. 8vo (20.2 x 12.8 cm). Half-titles, title pages, 2810 pp., 600 hand-coloured engraved plates. Beautiful contemporary style uniform black grained half calf with gilt ornaments and titles on spines.
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Outstanding Cuban and Caribbean botanical illustrations by the explorer Descourtilz
The Botani...
Edwards, S.
The Botanical Register: or ornamental flower-garden and shrubbery. Volumes 1-33 [AND] the appendix by John Lindley being the systematic index and sketch of the vegetation of the Swan river colony in Australia. [All published].
London, J. Ridgway, 1815-1847. 34 volumes. Large 8vo (24.2 x 15.3 cm). With 2,707 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates and three plain engravings for a total of 2,710 plates, plus nine hand-coloured engraved plates in the appendix. Very nice half green morocco bindings by Bernard Middleton. Spines with five raised bands, gilt floral vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt.
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A complete set including the rare appendix and bound by Middleton
Die Tertiä...
Ettingshausen, C. Von
Die Tertiär-Floren der Oesterreichischen Monarchie. [I] Vorwort. Die tertiäre Flora der Umgebungen von Wien; 2. Die tertiäre Flora von Häring in Tirol; 3. Steinkohlenflora von Raditz in Böhmen; Tertiär-Flora von Szakadat und Thalheim in Siebenbürgen [by K. J. Andrae].
Wien, kaiserlich-königlichen geologischen Reichsanstalt, 1851-(1855). Folio (34.5 x 25.0 cm). 277 pp. [36; 118; 74; 49] pp.; one coloured map; and 77 fine tinted lithographed plates. [5; 31; 29 (including two large, folded); 12]. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and title. Speckled edges.
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A rare series of well-illustrated monographs with many new species
Die Krater...
Faber, F. C. Von
Die Kraterpflanzen Javas in physiologisch-ökologischer Beziehung.
Buitenzorg, 's Lands Plantentuin - Botanischer Garten, 1927. Large 8vo (24.1 x 17.0 cm). iv, 119 pp., 12 text illustrations, 18 fine photographic plates. A unique pattered batik-cloth binding with gilt title on the spine and front board. Original printed front wrapper bound in.
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The binding is quite exceptional, of historical interest, and beautifully preserved
Select spe...
Freeman, C. and J. S. Strickland
Select specimens of British plants.
London, G. Nicol, 1797. Large folio (57.0 x 42.5 cm). [xvi] pp.; five beautifully hand-coloured engravings by William Skelton. Original marbled boards. With printed label mounted on the front board.
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Five fine, large flower illustrations dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks
New Kreüte...
Fuchs, L.
New Kreüterbuch, in welchem nicht allein die gantz Histori, das ist Namen, Gestalt, Statt und Zeit der Wachsung, Natur, Krafft und Würckung des meysten Theyls der Kreüter so in Teütschen und andern Landen wachsen...
Basel, M. Isingrin, 1543 [REPRINT, 1985]. Folio (35.8 x 22.7 cm) with one hand-coloured portrait of Leonhart Fuchs and three others on one page at the end; a hand-coloured printer's device ("Palma Ising") and 517 full page hand-coloured plates. Period style full calf; spine with five raised bands and morocco label with gilt title; hand-stamped boards with bevelled edges and two brass clasps. Edges green.
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The ultimate reprint, perfected in every detail
Hortus Reg...
Goüan, A.
Hortus Regius Monspeliensis, sistens plantas tum indigenas tum exoticas No. MM. CC. ad genera relatas, cum nominibus specificis, synonymis selectis, nominibus trivialibus, habitationibus indigenarum, hospitiis exoticarum, secundum sexualem methodum digestas.
Lugduni [Lyon], Fratrum de Tournes, 1762. 8vo (20.0 x 12.8 cm). [xiv], 548, [xxxii] pp., seven engraved plates on six folded sheets. Contemporary boards. Spine with morocco label with gilt title.
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The most important work of Linnaeus's first follower in France