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An essay o...
"C. W.", translated by "O. D." [Wüstemann, E. F.; O. J. Delepierre]
An essay on the mythological and symbolical history of the rose.
London, Trübner, [no date, but 1856 or 1857]. 8vo (22.1 x 14.1 cm). 35 pp., original blind tooled boards with gilt title on front board, and gilt rose vignette on rear board.
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An extremely rare publication on roses - even without any auction record...
[Anonymous naturalist]
Naturhistorischer Atlas. Zu Kaisers sowie zu jeder anderen Naturgeschichte. Enthaltend: zahlreiche Abbildungen zum Gebrauche für den anschaulichen naturgeschichtlichen Unterricht in Land- und Bürgerschulen. Dritte Auflage.
Langensalza, Hermann Beyer, [N.D. but ca. 1875]. Oblong folio (42.0 x 34.0 cm). Printed front wrapper, and twelve chromolithographed plates. Contemporary blind, green, pebbled quarter cloth over marbled boards. Later paper label with gilt title mounted on the front board.
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A surprisingly rare and colourful natural history atlas
Banks, J. and D. Solander and J. Britten
Illustrations of the botany of Captain Cook's voyage round the world in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71. Australian plants.
London, printed by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1900-1905. Three parts in three. Folio (47.5 x 31.5 cm). Title and 102 pp., followed by 320 lithographed plates (numbered 1-318, 41A, and 45A) and three folding maps. The plates are photolithographic reproductions of original engraved proof plates by F. P. Nodder, James Miller, J. F. Miller, and John Cleveley that were never published. The set is bound in uniform black buckram with gilt lettering on spine, reading: Cook's First voyage. Australian plants , and the plate numbers contained in each volume.
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The first publication of the illustrations by Banks and Solander of Australian plants
Boehmer, G. R.
Spermatologiae vegetabilis. Pars I. De seminum existentia differentia et usu. Pars II. De seminum ortu foecundatione et incremento. Pars III. De seminum collectione duratione et conservatione. Pars IV. De seminum ad sementem praeparatione. Pars V. De seminum satione. Pars VI. De germinationis adminiculis. Pars VII et ultima. De germinatione. [Complete].
Vitembergae [Wittenberg], Carolus Christianus Dürrius, 1777-1784. Seven parts in one. 4to (20.0 x 17.0 cm). Several nice wood-engraved vignettes. 218 pp. Original boards. Spine with handwritten paper label.
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A very rare work on plant seeds
Bonnet, C.
Recherches sur l'usage des feuilles dans les plantes et sur quelques autres sujets relatifs à l'histoire de la végétation.
Gottingue [Göttingen] and Leide[n], Elie Luzac, 1754. 4to (26.2 x 21.5 cm). viii, 343 pp., engraved title vignette and 31 folded engraved plates by Van der Schley and Wandelaar. Contemporary half calf over speckled boards. Spine with red morocco label with gilt title, and gilt bands.
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The beginning of the research of photosynthesis
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
Rariorum p...
Commelin, J. and C. Commelin
Rariorum plantarum Horti Medici Amstelodamensis descriptio & icones. Beschryvinge en curieuse afbeeldingen van rare vreemde Africaansche, Oost-West-Indische en andere gewassen vertoont in den Amsterdamsche Kruyd-Hof. Met groote moeyte en arbeid op stads-kosten in vele jaren aangewend, en by een versameld door Casparus Commelin M. D. en botanicus horti Medici.
Amsterdam, P. Blaeu, J. Blaeu and [the widow of] Abraham van Someren (1697, 1701). Two parts in two. Folio (near matching at 39.8 x 26.2 cm and 40.0 x 25.5 cm). Part I: Latin half title; Latin title in two colours with title vignette; Dutch title (do.); engraved allegorical frontispiece showing the virgin of Amsterdam in a foreign (subtropical) landscape amidst exotic people offering plants as gifts; coat-of-arms of Joannes Huydecoper, and that of Joannes Commelin, dedication leaves (Latin and Dutch) to the mayors of Amsterdam; [8], 220 pp., 110 engraved plates showing 112 numbered plants with explanatory text leafs in Latin and Dutch, each with floral vignette at the end of each description. Part II: Latin half title, allegorical frontispiece, showing Theophrastus teaching botany in the real Hortus garden, with the houses along the Nieuwe Herengracht canal in the background, Dutch title page, dedication page (to the mayors of Amsterdam, and to the trustees of the Hortus). Coat-of-arms of Franciscus de Vroede (senator of the Hortus), Joannes Huydecoper (curator) and Gerbrandus Pancras (do.). [4], 224, [4] pp., and 113 plates, numbered up to 112 with fig. 4 in two different states (on recto and verso of one leaf), as intended. Thus, in total: two frontispieces, five coats-of-arms and 225 numbered plates on 222 leaves. Both volumes in contemporary vellum, but not an exact match.
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A homage to one of the oldest, most beautiful, and most influential horti in Europe
Histoire n...
Fauché, B.
Histoire naturelle, botanique.
[France, unpublished, ca. 1850]. Folio (39.8 x 28.8 cm). Title page with polychrome title and vignette, heightened with gold; 15 plates with watercolour images of fungi (1) and flowering plants with explanatory text leaves in fine calligraphy. Original full embossed and pebbled black calf; gilt-stippled board edges and fine gilt inner dentelles. Iridescent endpapers. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title; front board with gilt initials "B. F." (= Berthe Fauché); rear board with gilt vignette "Maison des Oiseaux". All edges gilt.
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The Plesch copy - A fine album of large water colour illustrations of flowering plants
[Nature pr...
Flinzer, F. [A.]
[Nature printing] Pflanzenblätter im Dienste der bildenden Künste und des Kunstgewerbes. 20 Tafeln in lithographischem Naturselbstdruck. Mit erläuterndem Text.
Leipzig, E. Haberland, 1899. Folio (48.0 x 32.0 cm). Title page, [i], vii pp; 19 (of 20) nature-printed plates in green or reddish brown. Original half-linen portfolio with printed front board and floral-patterned endpapers.
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A little-known nature-printing work, missed by Fischer
Fuhlrott, [J.] C.
Jussieu's und De Candolle's natürlichen Pflanzen-Systeme, nach ihren Grundsätzen entwickelt und mit den Pflanzen-Familien von Agardh, Batsch und Linné, sowie mit dem Linné'schen Sexual-System verglichen. Für Vorlesungen und zum Selbstunterricht.
Bonn, Eduard Weber, 1829. 8vo (20.3 x 13.0 cm). vi, [ii] 242 pp. Contemporary full grained cloth with gilt title on spine. Marbled edges.
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The only botanical contribution by the discoverer of the "Neanderthaler"
A manual o...
Gray, A.
A manual of the botany of the northern United States, from New England to Wisconsin and south to Ohio and Pennsylvania inclusive, (the mosses and liverworts by Wm. S. Sullivant,) arranged according to the natural system; with an introduction, containing a reduction of the genera to the Linnaean artificial classes and orders, outlines of the elements of botany, a glossary, etc.
Boston and Cambridge, James Munroe, 1848. 8vo (19.7 x 12.0 cm) lxxii, 710, [i] pp. Original blind stamped cloth with a floral vignette on the boards, and the spine with gilt title.
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One of Asa Gray's most important works in rare first edition
Guérin, F. E.
Dictionnaire pittoresque d'histoire naturelle et des phénomènes de la nature, contenant l'histoire des animaux, des végétaux, des minéraux, des météores, des principaux phénomènes physiques et des curiosités naturelles, avec des détails sur l'emploi des productions des trois règnes dans les usages de la vie, les arts et métiers et les manifactures. rédigé par une société de naturalistes, sous la direction de M. F. E. Guérin. Tome I-IX. [Complete].
Paris, "Bureau de Souscription" [F. E. Guérin-Ménéville], 1833-1839. Nine volumes in nine. 4to (28.3 x 18.3 cm). Text and 720 plates of which 718 hand-coloured. Uniform contemporary green morocco over marbled boards. Spines with four raised, blind-tooled bands, compartments with gilt triple borders and title. Marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges.
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A rarely seen complete set with all 720 plates