Horticulture and Agriculture - Part II

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64. JOHNSON, Cuthbert. Agricultural Chemistry for Young Farmers. London: James Ridgeway, [1843]. 12mo, original illustrated wrappers. Pp. 92, uncut. A fine copy. $200.

Sole edition of a rare little work, by the respected agricultural authority and author of the popular Farmer's Encyclopedia. A choice copy. Not in the NUC.

65. JORDAN, Alexis. De L'Origine des Diverse Variétés ou Espéces D'Arbres Fruitiers et Autres Végétaux Généralement Cultivés‚ é Pour les Besoins de L'Homme. Paris: J. B. Bailliére, 1853. Large 8vo, later boards, cloth spine, with original printed wrapper mounted on front. Pp. 97. One corner bumped, occ. foxing. $85.

Sole edition, a presentation copy inscribed by Jordan to fellow botanist and author Paul Antoine Sagot. With extensive later marginal notations in pencil.

67. (Landscape Design.) HENDERSON, Charles. Henderson's Picturesque Gardens and Ornamental Gardening Illustrated. New York: Peter Henderson & Co., nd (1908). Oblong 8vo, ornamental wrappers, side-stapled under cloth spine. Pp. 168. Illustrated with halftone photos. A little dog-eared and marginally worn, a few marginal archival tape repairs; a very good copy. $150.

A scarce, cheaply produced but wide-ranging guide to ornamenting public and private grounds, issued by the succeeding generation of one of America's chief horticultural establishments; with brief, profusely illustrated chapters on statuary and fountains, lawns and elaborate bedding, topiary; aquatic, Japanese, wild and sunken gardens, rockgardens, rose gardens, herbaceous borders, etc. First published in 1901, this edition is the first to include eight full-page ornamental bedding diagrams at the end. Hedrick/Woodburn, p. 562.

69. LISLE, Edward. Observations in Husbandry. London: J. Hughes, 1757. Large 4to, early ruled calf (front board detached). Pp. xvi, 450, [3]. Fine engraved frontispiece portrait. Apart from an unfortunate (but not too large) library stamp smack in the middle of the title page, and some insignificant marginal worming, a fine copy, needing rebinding, of this handsomely printed work. $350.

First edition, edited posthumously from the author's ms. notes by his son Thomas. The period covered is from the end of the 17th century, up to about 1715. Lisle's work is a true first hand experience account, with names of his farmer acquaintances and their practices and advice, interspersed with the recommendations of standard writers. "[Lisle's work] is just the evidence a modern historian wants. It tells how farming was done by named farmers living in specified places."--Fussel, p. 95. This 4to format is scarce. Perkins 1021.

71. MARSHALL, Charles. An Introduction to the Knowledge and Practice of Gardening. The second edition, considerably enlarged and improved. London: Printed by John Rider for F. and C. Rivington, 1798. 12mo, original boards. Pp. xii, 408. Backstrip gone, else a very good, uncut copy. SOLD

"This instructive little book, professedly for the young gardener, remained poular over a long period..."- Henrey II, p. 468. Chief among the additions to this second edition is a section of 75 pages listing trees, shrubs, perennial and annual flowers, with particular observations, greatly amplifying the treatment of ornamentals. A nice copy, with an interesting provenance of American interest, bearing the early ownership signature "JMerrick", i.e. John Merrick, who emigrated from England to Hallowell, Maine in 1798, the father of railroad executive and philanthropist Samuel Vaughan Merrick. The elder Merrick has made some horticultural notes in pencil and ink on the endpapers, including a list of 28 "Vegetables in constant demand in a family." Henrey 1009

72. MARSHALL, Humphry. Catalogue Alphabetique des Arbres et Arbrisseaux, qui croissant naturellement dans les Etats-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale. Traduit de l'Anglois...avec des notes & observations sur la culture; par M. Lézermes. Paris: Chez Cuchet, 1788. 8vo, modern marbled boards, calf spine gilt, morocco label. Pp. xxii [i.e. xxiv], 278, (2). A fine copy, with the half-title. $2,500.

First French edition of Marshall's landmark work, the first botanical treatise by an American. Marshall's botanic garden was a focal point of early American horticulture, and a major source of American plants for European distribution. The French edition contains additional material by the editor, and is a rarer book than the original. Oak Spring Sylva 18; Hunt 694.

75. Memoirs of the Board of Agriculture of the State of New-York. Vol. I. Albany: S. Southwick, 1821. Thick royal 8vo, original printed boards. Pp. [9], [v]-xlviii, [A]-R, 364, 109, [10]. Hinges split, threads sound. An excellent, uncut copy. SOLD

First edition, the first volume issued by the Board, formed in 1819. Includes the text of an address by James Madison, a communication from John Sinclair, and the first of Amos Eaton's geological surveys (the earliest in America to be undertaken with a specifically agricultural objective). Very scarce in the printed boards. Rink 1256.

77. (Miniature Book.) La Petite Corbeille de Fleurs. Paris: Chez Marcilly fils aine., nd. 2 3/16 x 1 1/2 inches. Full straight grained morocco, ruled in gilt, stamped "souvenir" on front. Pp. 88; half-title. Title vignette and eight plates, hand colored. Some internal soiling, slight adhesion on one plate, affecting one letter of text on facing page. SOLD.

A charming miniature floral guide, with delicately colored plates.

79. NOLHAC, Pierre de. Les Jardins de Versailles. Paris: Goupil & Cie., 1906. Folio, original pebbled cloth, ornamented with gilt. Pp. 186, illus.; marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Ornamental extra wrappers bound in. Minor soiling to covers, a fine, tight copy. $225. 

A handsomely produced history of the gardens at Versailles, profusely illustrated with full page and other views of parterres, fountains, sculpture, original designs by Le Brun, portraits, related paintings, features no longer in existence, etc.

84. PERCIVAL, Olive. Our Old-fashioned Flowers. Pasadena: 1947. 8vo, patterned boards, cloth spine. Pp. 245. Colored frontis; line drawings in margins. A little rubbed. $40.

First edition, privately printed by Ward Ritchie in an edition of a thousand copies. Includes history of plant names, indexes of flowers, herbs and roses, with their old names, and a bibliography of books on old-fashioned plants.

85. (Periodical.) The American Entomologist [and Botanist]. An illustrated magazine of popular and practical entomology and botany. Volumes I & II. St. Louis: September 1868-December 1870. Folio, early morocco (with binder's ticket of R.P. Studley & Co., St. Louis). Pp. 252, 384. Illus. Binding rubbed, some staining and marginal wear. $225.

All published thus far, it was suspended for 9 years and a third and final volume was published into 1880. A pioneering journal of primarily economic entomology and botany, edited by a pair of British-born eminent authorities, Benjamin Walsh, State Entomologist of Illinois (who began his entomological career at the age of 50!) and Charles V. Riley, later organizer of the entomological division of the Dept. of Agriculture and curator of the national insect collection.

91. (Pomology - New Hampshire.) Group of Ten Mounted Photographs of Maplehurst Fruit Farm, Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Ca.1900-1910. $650.

Attractive group documenting a turn-of-the-century New Hampshire orchard, probably prepared for display or promotional purposes. Each of the photos is mounted on heavy card board and titled in elaborate calligraphic script. 5 of the photos are identified as by Charles H. Flood, Brookline, Mass., and 5 by Henry W. Osgood, Pittsfield, N.H. The photos include a view of the entire orchard, the homestead, various varieties in bloom, a woman picking apples, a fruit-laden branch, etc.

92. (Poultry.) New England Society for the Improvement of Domestic Poultry. List of Premiums for the Exhibition in Boston, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1852. Boston: Cross & Freeman, printers, [1852]. Broadside, 28 1/4 x 23 inches, untrimmed. Folded, a few small stains, narrow tear from blank margin. $600.

Handsome exhibition poster, the text giving rules and regulations and the various divisions with premiums, set within a border of 25 woodcuts of fancy poultry and apparatus

96. PRINCE, William Robert, aided by William Prince. The Pomological Manual; or, a treatise on fruits: containing descriptions of a great number of the most valuable varieties for the orchard and garden. Second edition. New York: T. & J. Swords, 1832. 2 vols in 1, original boards, cloth spine, printed label. Pp. 200; 216. Small piece missing from top of spine, otherwise fine. $350.

First published in 1831. Entirely a catalogue of detailed fruit decriptions (excluding apples), admittedly a good portion derived from a wide variety of sources, but still with enough of the esteemed nurseryman's own experience (and that of his colleagues) in evidence to make Hedrick's dismissal of the work puzzling. Hedrick, p. 478; Imprints 14371.

97. PRINCE, William. A Short Treatise on Horticulture: Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, &c. New York: T. and J. Swords, 1828. 8vo, original paper boards, cloth spine, wanting the printed label. Pp. x, 196. A little wear at foot of spine, scattered foxing. A nice uncut copy. $750.

First and only edition. An influential work by the preeminent American nurseryman of his time. "The publication in 1828 of A short treatise on horticulture by William Prince of the famous Linnaean Botanic Garden marked the beginning of a new era in horticultural books in America. This was the first book of the kind in America that broke away from the English custom of treating horticulture in calendar style. The book was at once popular." - Hedrick, p. 477. The section on grapes is a substantial 30 pages, with interesting descriptions of American varieties. Hedrick considered the book common, but that was over 40 years ago and our experience suggests otherwise, and only one copy shows up in the auction records of the past thirty years. AI 34887; Rink 1693.

Unique Prospectus.

102. ROHDE, Eleanor Sinclair. The Story of the Garden From Medieval Times to the Present. London: The Medici Society, 1932. Narrow 4to, 3/4 morocco and millefleurs patterned paper boards by Sangorski & Sutcliff, in a slipcase. $135.

Unique prospectus for Rohde's classic study, consisting of the first 16 pages of text, the frontispiece and six plates, three of which are in color, and trimmed and pasted on blank leaves. An additional leaf gives information regarding the illustrations ("There will be five plates in colour...").

105. (Roses.) HOLE, S. Reynolds. A Book About Roses. How to grow and show them. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1869. Sm 4to, pictorial gilt cloth. Pp. 277. Neatly rebacked, cloth a little worn & stained. $135.

First edition of an oft-reprinted classic. Hole organized the first rose show in England, and his text includes a good deal on roses for exhibition. An interesting appendix notes the major rosarians of the time and their introductions. Stock lists nearly 50 separate printings of Hole's book over a 60 year period. Stock 1253.

A Presentation Copy

106. (Sericulture.) COBB, Jonathan Holmes. A Manual Containing Information Respecting the Growth of the Mulberry Tree, with Suitable Directions for the Culture of Silk. Fourth edition, enlarged. Boston: Weeks, Jordan and Company, 1839. 12mo, original cloth. Pp. xii, [13]-162, plus 4 pp. ads; illus. Folding plate. Library bookplate and blindstamp on title. Rubbed at extremities, a very good copy. $125.

Enlarged edition, with a substantial appendix newly added, giving a short historical account of the American silk industry, receipts for dyes, newly invented machinery, a list of books on the subject, etc. A family presentation copy of the most influential American work on the subject, inscribed "Jona. Cobb Esq., with the respects of the author." Imprints 55014.

108. (Sheep.) LIVINGSTON, Robert. Essay on Sheep: Their varieties-- account of the Merinoes of Spain, France, &c.; reflections on the best method of treating them, and raising a flock in the United States; together with miscellaneous remarks on sheep and woolen manufactures. Concord, N.H.: Daniel Coolidge, 1813. 12mo, early marbled boards, leather spine, morocco label. Pp. 142; woodcut on t.p. Boards rubbed, lacking front flyleaf. A very good, sound copy. $185.

Third edition, first published in 1809. A standard work of its time. Livingston was among the first to import merinoes into the US, and was largely responsible for the subsequent "merino-mania". Imprints 28966; Rink 1612.

109. (Silk.) MAHAN, Jason M. Directions for Cultivating the Italian Mulberry, Management of Silkworms, &c. Bethania, Pa.: Reuben Chambers, printer, 1834. 16mo, orig. plain wrappers, stitched. Pp. 16. A few stains; attractive as issued copy. $575.

Sole ed. Unrecorded silk-raising guide, with sections on mulberry propagation, management of worms, reeling and twisting of fibers,and over half given to dyeing silk. Mahan lived in Salisbury Township, Chester County, Pa. An unusual imprint. Not in Imprints, NUC or OCLC. (4744)

110. SMITH, Charles H. Landscape Gardening: or, Parks and Pleasure Grounds. With Practical Notes on Country Residences, Villas, Public Parks and Gardens. With Notes and Additions by Lewis F. Allen. New York: C. M. Saxton, 1853. 8vo, original cloth, leather spine, gilt. Pp, xii, [13]-367 + ads. Top one inch of spine missing, foxed; a sound copy. $250.

First American edition, a publisher's presentation copy, faintly inscribed in pencil "To the editor of the Independent with the respects of the Pub. Price $1.25." Allen's editorial additions are substantial, with copious critical notes on almost every topic that contrast English and American climate, practice and taste.

111. STEPHENS, Henry. Catechism of Practical Agriculture.. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1870. 12mo, limp cloth gilt. Pp. [ii], 64. Illus. Some foxing, marginal wear; very good. $50.

Introductory manual of general agricultural practices, by the author of the popular Book of the Farm.

112. STRONG, A. B. The American Flora,or History of Plants and Wild Flowers. New York: Strong and Bidwell, 1846. 4to, early 3/4 morocco, marbled boards. Pp. 137, (1), iv. 52 plates, hand colored. A.e.g. Binding rubbed; lightly browned, occasional foxing, but over all a clean and fresh copy. $1200.

First edition, Volume I only. Strong's Flora was erratically issued in 3 and 4 volume editions over a nine year period, with varying number of plates. Bennett notes the confusion surrounding the work, and the fact that "complete sets of any of these four early editions are extremely difficult to locate." -- p.103. A better than average, complete copy of the first volume. Pritzel 9012.

113. (Sugar.) Sugar Cane: A Monthly Magazine, Devoted to the Interests of the Sugar Cane Industry. Vols. III-V, VII-X, (1874 lacking),1871-78. 7 vols, thick 8vo. Occasional illus., folding plates, mounted photos. Crimson half-morocco, marbled boards. Some bindings rubbed, overall a sound set. $350.

117. (Trees.) BAKER, Richard St. Barbe. Among The Trees. With a forward by Theo. A. Stevens. London: Privately printed for The Men of the Trees, 1930. 4to, 3/4 japan vellum and cloth. Pp. xiii, 95, uncut; with 49 full page half-tone and gravure photo plates. A little soiled, early owners correspondence tipped in at front. $95.

First edition, one of a thousand copies, signed by the author. "This book has been written for the pleasure of tree lovers who recognize the spiritual as well as the aesthetic and economic value of trees to human life." Baker was involved in forest protection and tree husbandry, and lectured world-wide on the subject.

119. TULL, Jethro. The Horse-Hoing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Tillage and Vegetation. Wherein is shown a method of introducing a sort of vineyard-culture into the corn-fields, in order to increase their product, and diminish the common expence; by the use of instruments described in cuts. London: for the author, 1733. Bound with, A Supplement to the Essay on Horse-Hoing Husbandry. The second edition. London: for the author, 1740. Folio, early polished calf, neatly rebacked, raised bands, gilt morocco labels. 6 folding engraved plates; 1 plate (supplement). Moderate foxing and soiling; neat repair to tear in title; a very good copy. With ownership signature of Goning Walker, August 12th 1742, and his marginal notes and underlinings. $1,600.

Second (first folio) edition. Perhaps the only book that ever sparked a revolution in agricultural practice, the 'new husbandry' based on Tull's seed drill and his advocacy of tillage over manuring. Perkins 1782 (this ed.); Fussell II, p. 4.

120. TURNER, Cordelia Harris, ed. Cyclopedia of Practical Floriculture. New York: Townsend Mac Coun, 1884. Folio, original green cloth gilt. Pp. [xvii], 424. Spine worn, cloth rubbed, title foxed; library bookplates. $175.

Second edition, originally published in 1877 under the title The Floral Kingdom, Its History, Sentiment and Poetry. A very scarce Victorian compendium of flower culture and lore. The text is printed within red borders, with elaborate ornamental capitals. It is divided in two sections: I. Description, Language and Poetry of Flowers; II. Cultivation and Analysis of Plants. With an original poem contributed by W. C. Bryant, and reproduced in manuscript facsimile. See BAL 1764.

121. TUSSER, Thomas. Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. With an introduction by Sir Walter Scott and a benediction by Rudyard Kipling, incorporated in a forewrad by E. V. Lucas. London: James Tregaskis & Son, 1931. Thick 4to, full reverse calf, raised bands. Pp. xii, (1), 336; half title. Uncut. Slight discoloration at head and foot of spine, else fine copy. $325.

One of 500 copies, printed on Batchelor hand-made paper, printed at the Caxton Head and Raven Presses, and bound by Bain and Co. A handsome edition of Tusser's classic, printed from the text of 1580.

122. Useful and Ornamental Planting. With an index. Published under the superintendence of the Society for The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Baldwin and Craddock, 1832. 8vo, early 3/4 calf (worn). Pp. 151. $75.

First edition. Mostly arboriculture for timber, with a chapter on ornamental plantings.

125. (Viticulture.) BUCHANAN, Robert, "The Vineyards of Ohio", 4 pp. article in The Western Journal and Civilian, Vol. XI, No. 5. St. Louis: 1854. 8vo, original printed wrappers. Fine. $60.

Buchanan, the central figure of Ohio viticulture, provides a brief but fact filled account of the year's vintage in the vicinity of Cincinnati, and statistics of vine culture in the region.

126. (Viticulture.) COXE, Tench. Advertisement "80,000 American Vines for Sale." in the Aurora General Advertiser, Philadelphia Dec. 12, 1799. Large folio bifolium, untrimmed, as issued. Minor tears and edge wear. $125.

A small ad in a Philadelphia newspaper documenting an interesting venture by the reformed-Tory financier, entrepreneur and political economist Tench Coxe, a large scale offering of vines "produced from stocks of of the Cape of Good Hope, Champagne, Burgundy, St. Emilion, Sauvignon and Medoc, from the three last of which the fine clarets are made. Being produced in the latitude of Bristol, Lancaster, Bedford, and Pittsburg (Pennsylvania), it is presumed they will thrive in any part of the United States." One wonders if the source of Coxe's sizeable offering could have been the nursery of Peter Legaux' nearby Pennsylvania Vine Company, whose fortunes were flagging at the time, and whose stock was similarly derived from Burgundy and Bordeaux, and highly-touted vines from the Cape of Good Hope. There is no mention of Coxe and his venture in Pinney's History of Wine in America, but see pp. 107-114, regarding Legaux and his company.

131. WASHINGTON, George. Letters From His Excellency George Washington, to Arthur Young, Esq. F.R.S. and Sir John Sinclair, Bart. M.P. Containing an account of his husbandry, with his opinions on various questions in agriculture; and many particulars of the rural economy of the United States. Alexandria: Cottom and Stewart, 1803. 8vo, original boards, rebacked. Pp. 128, uncut. Some staining and darkening throughout; crude repair to marginal tear on last leaf. $350.

First edition. Rich documentation of Washington's agricultural expertise, with frequent reference to Jefferson and Hamilton as well. Imprints 5536; Sabin 101720; Rink 1144.

132. WATSON, Elkanah. 2 ALs, Providence, Jan. 1st, and Jan. 27th, 1774. 2 pp and 1 page 4to, signed "Elka. Watson" and "E.W. junr.", both to an unnamed correspondent in New Haven, a close friend who then drafted a further letter on the verso of the second letter to Thomas Davis, Jr., evidently a mutual friend of Watson's. Folded, wear at edges touching a few letters, no loss; neat tears at folds. SOLD

Two very fine and remarkably early letters, written just before and after Watson's 16th birthday, and only a few months after the fifteen-year old had arrived in Providence to indenture himself as apprentice to wealthy merchant John Brown, marking the beginning of a relationship that would assume national historical importance.

In the first letter, Watson describes his happy circumstances in Providence: ""By what little experience I have had of the business, I make no doubt but what I shall content myself here. Mr. Brown has given me a great deal of encouragement since I have been with him; I think I can freely & with great propriety say that I never enjoyed a more happy & contented life than I have since have lived with Mr. Brown." He then goes on to smooth out a misunderstanding with his correspondent, expressing himself in highly emotional fashion, referring to "that dismal hour that I parted with you at the bridge, such an hour I'm sure I never underwent in all my life... I was very anctious to have a little conversation with you before we parted, but when I drew near you as we were taking our long farewell of each other, my heart & tongue failed me, was I [to] have gained the whole world, I could not have entered into any conversation with you..."

The second letter is written as a cover letter and continuation of the first, which Watson delayed in sending. and includes news of goings on at Brown's store, tea sales, prices of goods ("Fish is exceeding low in the market, price for good Jamaica fish is only 9/lb."), and mentions the Boston tea party: "The tea affair makes a great Noise in these parts, I have not the time to aquaint you the particulars..." and family news: "I was visited by cousin John Watson and Mr. Russell... and by them I had the unexpected news of your sisters Lothrop's being delivered of a girl." In a cramped post script in the margin, he writes of his eminent employer: "Perhaps you may want to know Mr. Brown's circumstances, which I shall communicate to you a few words, viz. he owns more navigation than any two merchants in the colony, we have four sloops & a Leary ship abt. 250 tons now on the stocks. There is four of us that attends the store." His friend has drafted a letter on the verso, mentioning Watson, his letter and those to whom he wished to be remembered.

In the ensuing year, Brown would embrace Watson as a trusted confidant and emissary in Brown's crucial secret role as naval and munitions supplier to the Revolution. Watson's services on behalf of Brown would continue for nearly a decade, and his missions would take him throughout the colonies and across the Atlantic. Altogether rare and fascinating survivals from the very beginning of a distinguished and influential career.

133. WAUGH, Frank A. The Landscape Beautiful. A study of the utility of the natural landscape, its relation to human life and happiness, with application of these principles in landscape gardening and art in general. Illustrated by members of the Postal Photographic Club. New York: Orange Judd Company, 1912. Large 8vo, gilt decorated boards, cloth spine. Pp. 336; 49 half-tone plates. Corners bumped, else a fine copy. $75.

Second printing, one of Orange Judd's most attractive productions. Waugh wrote a number of books espousing an aesthetic derived from the natural landscape.

134. WAWRA v. Fernsee, Dr. Heinrich Ritter. Itinera Principum S. Coburgi. Die botanische Ausbeute von den Reisen ihrer Hoheiten der Prinzen von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha. I. Reise der Prinzen Philipp und August vom die Welt (1872-1873). II. Reise der Prinzen August und Ferdinand nach Brasilien (1879). Vienna: 1883-88. 2 vols, large 4to. Original printed boards, cloth spine gilt. Pp. xviii, 182; vi, 205. With 57 lithograph plates, 15 tinted, 42 colored, 8 of which double page. Lightly rubbed, blank lower margins of titles neatly cropped, front flyleaves wanting; else a clean attractive set. SOLD

First edition. Handsomely illustrated report of the botanical excursions of three Princes of Saxe-Coburg to Brazil and elsewhere, with brilliant plates of their collections. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 16.847; Nissen 2113.

135. WHEELER, James. The Botanist's and Gardener's New Dictionary. Containing the names, classes, orders, generic characters, and specific distinctions of the several plants cultivated in England, according to the system of Linnaeus. Directing the culture of each plant, describing its singular virtues and uses, and explaining the terms peculiar to botany and gardening. London: for W. Strahan, 1763. Thick 8vo, early full calf, rebacked. Pp. xxxi, 480. 2 engraved plates. An excellent copy. $500.

Sole edition of an excellent horticultural compendium by a Gloucester nurseryman, the founder of a firm that lasted well into this century. "The work shows Wheeler to have been one of the first converts among nurserymen to Linnaeus' system, appreciating the precision of the Swede's description of species." - Henrey II, p. 387. Harvey, Early Nurserymen, p. 93; Henrey 1493.

138. WILLMOTT, Ellen. Warley Garden in Spring and Summer. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1909. Folio, original cloth. Pp. [iii], 30 toned photogravures. Binding moderately rubbed, a fine copy within. $500.

First edition. Gertrude Jekyll referred to her friend Willmott as "the greatest of living women gardeners". This superb document of her extensive gardens, illustrated (a la Jekyll) with Wilmott's own photographs, shows what her vision, aided by great wealth and a staff of 85 gardeners, was able to achieve. The gardens disappeared with her wealth after World War I, and she died impoverished and embittered.

139. (Wisconsin.) Transactions of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. Madison: Atwood & Culver, 1872. 8vo, orig cloth. Pp. 200. Folding color lithograph frontis. ; illus. Binding worn at extremities, occasional soiled leaves within; a sound copy. $135. 

The second volume of the series, with a fine folding litho view of the residence and pleasure grounds of Milwaukee financier Alexander Mitchell, described in detail in the text. Much on fruit growing, and an interesting list of gardeners, florists and nurserymen in the state. Scarce.

141. YOUNG, Arthur. Le Cultivateur Anglois, ou Oeuvres Choisies d'Agriculture, et d'Economie Rurale et Politique. Traduit de l'anglois par CC. Lamarre, Benoist, et Billecocq; avec les notes de citoyen Delalauze, coopérateur du Cours d'Agriculture de l'abbé Rozier. Paris: Chez Maradan, 1800-1801. 18 vols., 8vo. Early full calf, morocco labels, spines gilt. 73 (in 72) engraved plates, many of which folding. Extremities worn, a few volumes with chipped spines, one label wanting, an occasional tender hinge, but on the whole a presentable set, sound with all covers intact. $1,250.

A very scarce French translation of selected works of the great English agriculturalist, handsomely illustrated with engraved plates of machinery and implements, views, diagrams, buildings, maps (one of which colored), mostly new to this edition. Included are the various agricultural tours of England, Ireland and France, a concise reduction of the Annals, Course of Experimental Agriculture, Farmer's Guide, and the Practical Essays, etc. Not in in BLC, Perkins Catalogues, RAS Catalogue.

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