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A selection of books that have recently arrived at Horizon Books but not yet shelved. They are a mixture of subjects. They were listed here on: :
ADAMS, Alice; Mexico; Some Travels and Some Travelers There. New York, Prentice Hall Press, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; xix, 216 pp, illus, original cloth backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, lightly used but still quite good), near fine, clean and unmarked.
'It reminds me of the diaries of Virginian Woolf, in that the whole adds up to so much more than the sum of the parts' [from the introduction by travel writer Jan Morris]. A fine retrospective and inspiring narrative based on the novelist author's thirty years of travels through Mexico. The true first edition.
US$15. bookID # 13882
ANKER, Jean; Bird Books and Bird Art. An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology Bird Books and Bird Art; An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology. Copenhagen [New York], Levin & Munksgaard [Maurice Martino], 1938 , reprint of the 1938 first edition, limited to 300 copies, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; xviii, 251 pp, 14 plates including frontis, index of names and geographical index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, 2 pages with barely visible foxing in margin, else a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
Based mainly on the collection of books containing plates with figures of birds and their eggs now in the University Library at Copenhagen and including a catalogue of these works, the book includes an important and detailed 87 page description of the literary history of bird books and their illustrations, woodcuts, art of printing, engraving, early illustrated works from the beginning of printing to the 20th century. The catalogue of over 900 of the most important illustrated bird books gives complete description, collations, description of the importance of each book, etc, making this work and important reference on the subject.
US$35. bookID # 13868
BARKER, Nicolas [introduction]; An Important Botanical Library, Part I & Part II (complete). New York, Christie's New York, 1997, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, 258; 185 pp, numerous colored and black and white plates and illustrations, including folding, indexes, bibliography, includes the original printed prices realized for each volume, original pictorial heavy paper covers with title lettering on spines and cover, few notes of original owner, but very good+ condition.
An important reference of 691 auction lots containing thousands of books with detailed descriptions and considerable commentaries on the more important items. Includes books from the rare book library bequeathed by Kenneth K. Mackenzie in 1934 to the Horticultural Society of New York, sold to Robert de Belder in 1981; and Robert de Belder s other acquisitions, including the library of Philippe de Vilmorin; books from the Boissier-de Candolle collections; significant auction purchases of a number of books from the sale of the Arpad Plesch collection (de Beider being the single largest buyer), as well as at sales from the libraries of the Earl of Derby, the Linnean Society of London and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, with many other books added.
US$35. bookID # 13870
CURLE, Richard; The Ray Society; A Bibliographical History. London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1954, First edition, 12mo [22 x 14.5 cm]; vi, 101 pp, photo frontispiece, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean and unmarked, fine copy, includes a four page 'Report of the Council of the Ray society for 1958-59', inserted loose.
The author gives a detailed history of the Ray Society, one of the most important natural history organizations of the time, together with an annotated bibliography of the society with full details including collations, plate lists, number printed, etc, arranged by subject. At the end is a listing of every publication of the society by year published beginning in 1844.
US$6. bookID # 13883
GLOTZER, Leonard R.; The Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Creation and its Commentaries. Northvale, New Jersey; London, Jason Aronson, , First edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xxxiv, 258 pp, appendices, bibliographical notes, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (light wear to corner), clean fine copy in near fine dj.
Based on the author's translation of the Sefer Yetzirah, or, book of creation, one of the first and most important works on Kabbalah, each section or mishnah has a detailed commentary. The detailed 34 page introduction provides an explanation of the concepts and there are several appendices with further details.
US$15. bookID # 13869
HARDWICKE, G. D.; Better Window Boxes. London, Phoenix House Ltd; A Roy Hay Publication, , First edition, 8vo [24 x 15 cm]; 22, [i], [i, ads], photo plates, other illustrations, tables of plants for different conditions with their size, color, flowering dates, etc, original heavy paper pictorial wraps with title lettering, light foxing, mostly marginal, light wear, very good.
Still useful guide for making, preparing and planting boxes for windows including hanging baskets, balcony boxes, shrubs in tubs, growing herbs, strawberries, bulbs shrubs, etc in boxes. A 'Better Gardening' Handbook, with the original page of ads and ad for wood preservative.
US$10. bookID # 13874
HUTCHINSON, Thomas J.; The Parana; with Incidents of the Paraguayan War, and South American Recollections, From 1861 to 1868. London, Edward Stanford, 1868, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xxvii, 424 pp, frontispiece portrait of author, inscribed & signed in the plate, large foldout map partly colored, 8 plates and other illustrations (complete), with the half-title page, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt decoration on front cover, expertly rebacked preserving original spine (except small parts at ends), gilt spine title lettering, light wear at edges, very good copy, sound and solid binding.
Sabin 34090. Humphreys 1571. Extensive travels in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina to Brazil, based on the author's experiences. Borba de Moraes 416: "The author was British consul in Rosario. The greater part of this work deals with Argentina and it is very well documented. Of interest to Brazil is the section he wrote while traveling through the battlefields of the Paraguayan War in 1867."
US$400. bookID # 13872
LANCASTER, Roy; Travels in China; A Plantsman's Paradise. [Woodbridge, Suffolk], Antique Collector's Club, , First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; 516, [i, ad] pp, color frontis, over 400 color & 250 bw illus, maps, bibliog, index of plants, index of people, index of locations, index of gardens, glossary, colored endpaper maps, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (slight wear at spine ends), else fine, clean with the author's signature on title page 'with best wishes, Roy Lancaster 21st November 1989'.
After a useful introduction to plant hunting in China, with brief biographies of all the main collectors, the author describes his many travels in search of plants, which includes adventure as well as botany. China is one of the richest areas of the world for different plant species. The author is an acclaimed garden writer and plant collector. A beautifully illustrated work.
US$46. bookID # 13881
MITCHELL, A. F.; Westonbirt in colour. Swindon, UK, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, , , 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 25 pp, color photos, 3 maps including double-page, original heavy paper color wraps with colored plate and lettering on cover, map on rear cover, very good clean copy.
A detailed guide to this arboretum, includes an interesting list of the biggest specimens known in Britain with dimensions. Mostly trees and shrubs.
US$5. bookID # 13876
OSBORN, A.; Pruning Hardy Shrubs. London, The Royal Horticultural Society, 1957, revised edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 19 pp, original heavy paper wraps, with title lettering in decorative border, few pencil notes in margin, signature on inside cover dated 1958, very good.
Includes a loose short article on Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees by H. H. Thomas. Most of the work lists the many shrubs with suggestions how to prune.
US$5. bookID # 13875
ROWAN, Mrs (Ellis); A Flower-Hunter in Queensland & New Zealand. London, John Murray, 1898, First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; xv, 272 pp, frontis, double page colored chromolithograph of the Queensland flowering cotton tree, 15 other plates, illus, folding colored map, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt lettering, gilt bright, stain on small part of spine and rear cover, light foxing on few leaves, otherwise a sound, good copy.
Rowan was both a fine botanical and wildlife artist and an explorer, acclaimed internationally for her wildflower paintings. "Flower Hunter is a book of travel and adventure, the type of book then fashionable, because the world knew less of its far places than it does today. . . Ellis knew how to hold her audience, her breathless adventures are tinged with fantasy. . ." (Hazzard in Australia's Brilliant Daughter). This is Rowan's only book on her travels, based on two journeys to Queensland in northern Australia and to New Zealand. Most of the plates in the book are from her paintings.
US$100. bookID # 13873
WILSON, Colonel Charles; Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. New York, D. Appleton and Company, [1881-1883], First American edition, 4to [33 x 25]; 2 volumes in 4 bound divisions, complete; x, 240, vi, -478; vi, 240, vi, -474 pp, 42 engraved plates incl frontis & extra engraved titles, 2 double-page colored maps, over 700 other illus incl full-page, black & red printed title, original green pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on covers & spines, all edges gilded, light wear at spine ends and corners, small private ink stamp in each volume, a complete attractive set, clean interior, free of usual foxing, overall very good.
The author was assisted in this massive undertaking by various scholars and travelers including Charles Warren, Captain Condo of the Exploration of Palestine fund, Tristram, Jessup, Palmer, Stanley Lane-Poole, etc. Wilson was engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society, and worked on the survey of Jerusalem and in explorations in Palestine, and later surveyed Sinai. A beautifully illustrated work on the area, with much on geography, topography, archaeology, people, with the plates and illustrations done by some of the best artists of the day. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 335. Blackmer 1817. Translated into many languages, "Wilson affords the reader an overall pictorial survey of Palestine. The pictures are artistic compositions, but never at the expense of true representation, and admirably convey both the spirit of the times and the state of hundreds of sites in the Holy Land and the surrounding regions" [Ben-Arieh; The Rediscovery of the Holy Land in the Nineteenth Century]. The work contains plates and illustrations of Palmyra that was recently destroyed by the Islamic State. An excellent copy, the engraved plates with original tissue guards.
US$280. bookID # 13871
WOOD, Casey A.; Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology. Hildesheim; New York, Georg Olms Verlag, 1974, exact reprint of 1931 first edition published in London by Oxford University Press, 8vo [[23 x 16 cm]; xix, 643 pp, frontis, indexes to authors, titles, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, joints with some wear, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.
Preceded by a detailed 148 page introduction, the book describes thousands of the most important books and other works on the subject, including books on birds, fish, etc, with descriptions giving date, collations and most with descriptions of the importance and significance of the work. A standard reference. Included is an article, inserted loose, on the Collecting the Firs Peterson Bird Guides by Cassie.
US$15. bookID # 13867
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