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ADAMS, Alice; Mexico; Some Travels and Some Travelers There. New York, Prentice Hall Press, [1990], 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 [1990], 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

FULTON, John; Palestine; The Holy Land as it was and as it is. Philadelphia, Henry T. Coates & Co., 1900, , 8vo [20.5 x 14 cm]; viii, 527 pp, 30 sepia toned plates including frontis, plates with tissue guards and letterpress, fldg tinted map of Jerusalem, 9 colored maps on 8 sheets, index, original pictorial gilt cloth with elaborate gilt decoration and gilt lettering, top edge gilted, spine gilt, orig ribbon bookmark, very fine clean copy in fine original cloth dust jacket with gilt spine lettering.

Not in Smith. The author travelled extensively in the area, describing it in detail. An attractive and well-produced work with excellent plates, which are mainly views. In desirable collectible condition.

US$70. bookID # 13887

GLOTZER, Leonard R.; The Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Creation and its Commentaries. Northvale, New Jersey; London, Jason Aronson, [1992], 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, [1953], 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

LANCASTER, Roy; Travels in China; A Plantsman's Paradise. [Woodbridge, Suffolk], Antique Collector's Club, [1989], 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, [1972], , 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

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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