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If you are passionate about fine foliage and gardening, look no further than the rare and collectible gardening books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. Many of the beautiful books featured below contain magnificent illustrations and gorgeous bindings. There is a wide diversity of topics covered in the rare and collectible gardening books section, from books about specific flowering plants to larger books on gardening techniques.

The Highgrove Florilegium

London:: Addison Publications Ltd for The Prince's Charities Foundation., 2008 Fine, 2 vols, limited edition of 175 numbered sets, 124 coloured plates. In half red goatskin over red marbled boards. Spines, raised bands, gilt tooling, titles in gi…

From Madoc Books (ABA-ILAB)


The Ladies' Flower-Garden [Includes: Ornamental Annuals; Ornamental Bulbous Plants; Ornamental Perennials; British Wild Flowers; Ornamental Greenhouse Plants. by LOUDON Mrs [Jane, formerly WEBB] 1807-1858

London: 113, Fleet Street.: William Smith , 1840 VG+, 5 volumes in 6, 1840-1860, 304 (complete) hand coloured plates, depicting 1,582 flowers! Ornamental Annuals, 1840, 1st ed, 48 pls (hand coloured), lacks half title, [5], (viii-xvi), [1], (ii-i…

From Madoc Books (ABA-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


THE COUNTRY-MANS RECREATION, or the Art of Planting, Grassing, and Gardening in Three Books... Hereunto is Likewise Added the ART of ANGLING. by BARKER, Thomas.:

London, printed by T. Mabb for William Shears, [and William Hunt for the Expert Gardener], and are to be sold at the signe of the Bible in St. Pauls Church-yard, near the little North door, 1654. & 1653.. The first declaring divers waies of Planting, an…

From Roger Middleton


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



London, Printed for B. Tooke at the Middle-Temple gate in Fleetstreet, 1699.. FIRST EDITION 1699, A SPECIAL RUBRICATED EDITION ON BETTER PAPER FOR PRESENTATION. 4 small corrections to text in old ink (possibly in Evelyn's hand - see: Geoffrey Keynes, Joh…

From Roger Middleton


THE GARDENERS LABYRINTH or A NEW ART OF GARDNING. Wherein is laid down new and rare inventions and secrets of gardning not heretofore known. by MOUNTAIN, Dydymus (pseud.) Thomas HILL.:

London, printed by Jane Bell, and are to be sold at the east-end of Christ-Church, 1652 [i.e. 1651].. For sowing, planting, and setting all manner of roots, herbs, and flowers, both for the use of the kitchin garden, and a garden of pleasure, with the ri…

From Roger Middleton



London, printed for Tho. Burrel, at the Golden Ball under St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleetstreet, and Will. Hensman, at the King’s Head in Westminster Hall, 1677.. The I.Treateth of the Excellency, Scituation, Soil, Form, Walks, Arbours, Springs,…

From Roger Middleton


Fructologie, ou Description des arbres fruitiers ainsi que des fruits que l'on plante et qu'on cultive ordinairement dans les jardins . . . [bound with] Pomologie, ou description des meilleures sortes de pommes et de poires, Que l'on estime & cultive le plus, soit aux Pais-Bas, soit en Allemagne, en France, en Angleterre, &c by KNOOP, Johann Hermann (c.1706-1769)

Amsterdam: Chez M. Magérus, Libraire, 1771. First Edition thus. Full Calf. Fine. Rare French Edition of the first compendium of fruit arboriculture with 39 folding copper-engraved plates in fine contemporary hand coloring. Two foolscap-folio volumes bo…

From Fine Editions Ltd


The Mummy ! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century by Loudon, Jane (Mrs). Webb, Jane

London: Henry Colburn, 1828. Second edition. Three volumes, small octavo, pp viii, 309; 331; 311, half calf and marbled boards, very slightly scuffed, the spines a little faded. The first and last few pages in each volume suffer from foxing (see illustra…

From Mike Park Ltd


Les Jardins Anglo-Chinois. (Cahiers I - IV) with extra plate by Le Rouge, Georges Louis

Paris: Chez le Rouge, 1776. 1st Edition. Cloth. Near Fine. Elephant Folio - over 15 - 23" tall. Four volumes. No date ( c. 1770's ). 1st ed. Oblong elephant folio ( 17.5 inches ). Modern burgundy cloth and end papers with simple gilt title on spines. C…

From Frey Fine Books


THE COUNTRY-MANS RECREATION, or the Art of Planting, Grassing, and Gardening in Three Books. by BARKER, Thomas, Reginald Scot (Scott), Leonard Mascall

London, printed by B. Allsop and T. Favvcet for Michael Young, and are to be sold at his shop in Bedford-street in Coven-garden neere the New Exchange, 1640. The first declaring divers waies of Planting, and Graffing, and the best times of the year, with …

From Roger Middleton


Cistineae the natural Order of Cistus, or Rock-Rose; illustrated by coloured Figures & Descriptions of all the distinct Species, and the most prominent Varieties, that could be at present procured in the Gardens of Great Britain; with the best Directi... by SWEET, ROBERT - ROSES

1825. London, James Ridgway, 1825-1830. Royal 8vo. Contemporary green hmorocco. A few minor scratches. Topedge gilt. XX,(224),(3) pp. (Leaves numb. 1-124 + Alphabetical Index). With all 112 engraved plates in beautifull handcolouring. (Plates by J. Har…

From Herman H. J. Lynge & Son


Theatrum botanicum the theater of plants or An herball of large extent Containing therein a more ample and exact history and declaration of the physicall herbs and plants distributed into sundry classes or tribes, for the more easie knowledge of the many by Parkinson, John

London: Thomas Cotes, 1640. First edition. Large thick folio, title page, dedication page, preface two pages, author's tributes ten pages, then (ii), 1734 (but actually slightly less as there are several errors of pagination), illustrated with over 2…

From Mike Park Ltd


Instruction pour les jardins fruitiers et potagers: plus un traité des Orangers et des reflexions sur l'Agriculture; avec une instruction pour la Culture del fleurs by QUINTINYE [Quintinie], [Jean] de la (1626-1688)

A Paris: Chez Charles Osmont, ruë Saint Jacques, à l'Ecu de France, 1716. Early Reprint. Full Calf. Fine. New, revised and enlarged edition (Augmentée de la Culture des Melons, de la maniere de taillerles Arbres Friutiers, d'in Dictionnaire des terme…

From Fine Editions Ltd


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