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For rare and antique books on botany and plant biology, look through the rare botany books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. Many of the valuable and collectible rare and antique books about botany contain detailed illustrations and illustrious bindings and fore-edges. There are several multi-volume botany book sets, and there is a wide diversity of languages and focuses throughout the rare botany book section of the Biblio Rare Book Room.

Monandrian Plants of the Order Scitamineae, chiefly drawn from living specimens in the Botanic Garden at Liverpool by ROSCOE, William (1753-1831)

Liverpool: printed by George Smith, 1828. Large folio. (21 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches). 112 lithographic plates by Hullmandell, hand-coloured by George Graves, after Thomas Allport, Rebecca Miller, Margaret Roscoe, Mrs James Dixon, Ellen Yates, Emily Fletcher, …

From Donald Heald Rare Books


An album of original watercolour drawings of Cassowaries, with related manuscript title "Kasuare / Walter Rothschild by ROTHSCHILD, Lionel Walter, Baron Rothschild (1868-1937) - John Gerrard KEULEMANS (1842-1912, artist)

London, 1899. Oblong octavo. (8 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches). Black ink calligraphic manuscript title, manuscript map in blue ink of New Guinea, northern extremities of Australia and the surrounding islands, hand-coloured with a related key beneath to show the d…

From Donald Heald Rare Books


The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; being an account, botanical and geographical of the Rhododendrons recently discovered in the mountains of eastern Himalaya, from drawings and descriptions made on the spot, during a government botanical mission to that country, by Joseph Dalton Hooker... Edited by Sir W.J. Hooker by HOOKER, Sir Joseph Dalton (1817-1911)

London: Reeve, Benham, & Reeve, 1851. Folio. (19 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches). Title with tinted lithographic vignette, 2 letterpress part titles, 1p. list of subscribers, 1p. preface to part II. Hand-coloured lithographic frontispiece and 29 fine plates, drawn …

From Donald Heald Rare Books


De plantis libri XVI by CESALPINO, Andrea (CAESALPINUS, Andreas)

Florence: Giorgio Marescotti, 1583. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (220 x 154 mm). [40], 621, [11] pp. Woodcut printer's device on title and at end, woodcut initials, some historiated. Variant t…

From Milestones of Science Books


Coloured Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms Vols I-III with Supplement by James Sowerby

London : Printed by J Davis [Vols I & II] and B Wilks [Vol III] for the Author, 1798 A very good copy of the complete 3 volume 1st edition including later Supplement, with 440 hand coloured plates on 436 leaves. This work was James Sowerby's follo…

From E C Books


On the Flora of Australia, its Origin, Affinities, and Distribution; being an Introductory Essay to the Flora of Tasmania... Reprinted from the Botany of the Antarctic Expedition, Part III, Flora of Tasmania, Vol. I. by HOOKER, Joseph Dalton

London: Lovell Reeve, 1859. First Edition. Hardcover. London, Lovell Reeve, [November] 1859 [first separate edition]. Large quarto, viii, 128 pages (complete with the half-title). Later half roan and stippled cloth, lightly rubbed at the extremities; a v…

From Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers



London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton & Richard Whitakers, 1636. Third Edition. Hardcover. Original front blank endpaper replaced. Tasteful bookplate of Roger Gates on the front pastedown. Minor loss to the lower blank outside corner of the first dozen or so …

From Charles Agvent


ABBILDUNGEN In Und Ausländischer Pflanzen [Ms. Title on Spine] by (BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS)

[Germany: c1835]., 1835. 4to. 237 x 190 mm. 250 full-page watercolour drawings of flowers, each with ms. title in Latin & German & number. with 57 pp. manuscript in German containing a brief description of each flower & 5 pp. manuscript index.…

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


[Agriculture in octaves] Operetta delle Semente. Nella quale insegna quando si debbe seminare et quando è tempo di trasporre, et di mese in mese come si debbe fare le ricolte. Con dua Capitoli bellissimi. Aggiuntovi di nuovo dua belli Sonetti nel fine. Nuovamente ristampata

4° (mm 192x140); ll. (6). Title with large woodcut vignette; another large woodcut vignette to title and head of de' Crescenzi section. Binding of 20th century - signed "Wheeler" - in olive green morocco, gilt. A nice, unsophisticated copy.Extremely rare…

From Chartaphilus - Libri antichi e rari


Commentario Secundo Aucti, in Libros Sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De Medica Materia by Matthioli, Pietro Andrea

Venice: Officina Erasmiana, Apud Vincentium Valgrisium, 1558. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio. Bound with: Apologia Adversus Amathum Lusitanum cum Censura in Eiusdem Enarrationes. Venice: Ex Officina Erasmiana, Vindentii Valgrisii, 1558. Contem…

From Minotavros Books


Histoire des Plantes, en laquelle est contenue la description entière des herbes, c'est à dire, leur especes, forme, noms, temperament, vertus & operations. [-] Nouvellement traduite de bas Aleman en François par Charles de l'Escluse. by Dodonaeus, R. (C. Clusius, translator & contributor). - The very first independent work by Clusius, first & only French edition

The very first independent work by Clusius Dodonaeus, R. (C. Clusius, translator & contributor). Histoire des Plantes, en laquelle est contenue la description entière des herbes, c'est à dire, leur especes, forme, noms, temperament, vertus & operations.…

From Acanthus Antiquariaat


[One Hundred Chrysanthemums] by HASEGAWA, Keika

Kyoto: Tanaka Jihei & Yamada Naosaburo, July & December 1893., 1893. 2 Volumes. small folio. [ff. 27; ff. 27]. text in Japanese. calligraphy by Yusaku. 50 colour woodblock prints of chrysanthemums by Hasegawa (4 double-page, some with added hand-colour).…

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


De Florum Cultura Libri IV by FERRARI, Gio[vanni] Battista [1583-1654]

Rome: Stephanus Paulinus, 1633., 1633. small 4to. pp. 5 p.l., 522, [15]index. engraved title & 46 engraved plates, all included in pagination. 2 woodcut initials. contemporary vellum (some light to moderate foxing, some plates & leaves lightly emb…

From D & E Lake Ltd. (ABAC, ILAB)


THE NEW BOTANIC GARDEN, Illustrated with One Hundred and Thirty-three Plants, Engraved by Sansom from the Original Pictures, and Coloured with the Greatest Exactness from Drawings by Sydenham Edwards. Two Volumes [in One] by Edwards, Sydenham

London: Printed for John Stockdale, by T. Bensley, 1812. 29 cm x 24 cm, pp. [vi], 503 (continuous pagination and register), plus 61 vibrantly hand-coloured engraved plates (includes frontispiece). Contemporary navy-blue morocco, both upper and lower cover…

From Hugh Anson-Cartwright Fine Books, ABAC/ILAB


Keika Hyakugiku by Keika Hasegawa

Rare complete copy of Keika Hasegawa's "100 chrysanthemums by Keika" (The British Museum only has Volumes 1 and 2, the Smithsonian only 2 and 3.)75 colour woodblock prints (all published), including eight double-page, from this seminal book on the cultiva…

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