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Welcome to Ravenroost Books, the place where uncommon, antiquarian, uniquely gift-able and collectible books come to roost. We specialize in scarce, out-of-print, secondhand, and hard to find books and ephemera in many disciplines, with emphasis on classic literature, vintage and decorated bindings, first editions, botany, gardening, orchid culture and the sciences.

Ravenroost offers personalized service and a diverse general stock, ranging from new and recently published books to older vintage scarcities in classic literature, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, collectible quality first editions, science fiction, illustrated and scholarly works, hobbies & crafts, reference books, those hard-to-find eclectic oddities and books for special gifts. And yes, books by and about Edgar Allan Poe and his works. Ravenroost is a small independent internet shop shipping to customers worldwide since 1997.

You are invited to browse our special selections of hard-to-find and used books, as well as newly published books in the physical and life sciences, history of science and medicine, alchemy, natural history, ethnobotany, gardening, horticulture, orchid culture and plant lore. Click on the title or author hyperlinks in the search results to access full descriptions and multiple images. See more search tips below.  If you are in the cyber neighborhood, please visit us on facebook and twitter.

 We are very happy to distribute these special titles by A.J. Hicks on orchid seed propagation techniques. They are always in stock and available for flat rate international shipping:

"Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination" is back in stock in the form of a newly updated and expanded Second Edition, with an entire chapter on symbiotic germination by Scott Stewart.

"The Orchid Seed Germination Manual" by the same author, is also available and covers much of the same core material in a more concise text.

"Orchid Seed Germination Media. A Compendium of Formulations"  by A.J. Hicks, edited by K. Lynn is an authoritative reference containing of over 130 recipes and formulations for growing orchid seeds in vitro.

Need unique gift ideas for holidays and special occasions the year round? Browse through our new Gift Ideas category. Can't choose, can't find or need more ideas? Email Us . We are here to help connect real people with real books.


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Searching for that special or unique gift? Try a keyword search or use our "Browse by Price" option. Be sure to scroll down for our ongoing "Our Featured Items" section below for special selections as available from all subject areas including: vintage collectible books, unique gift ideas, classics, orchid culture, natural and native gardening, organic, vegetable, kitchen, herb and theme gardens, miniatures and bonsai, mosses, landscape design, healing gardens, garden sanctuaries, cacti and succulents, resources for garden therapy, topics in botany and selections in fiction, non-fiction and reference books. You can also utilize our keyword search at any time from any page to find additional books related to your personal needs and interests (see some helpful search tips below). In addition to searching by title and author, browse subjects and descriptive terms using our keyword and description search boxes to find books featuring new gardening techniques, crafts, hobbies, for homework, bedtime reading, gifts, research and reference needs. To see a larger image and complete description, click on the small thumbnail image for each listing.

Current updates: See our  "Bargain Booth"  for current special sale prices, as well as our newest book categories "First Editions" and "Decorated Bindings" . The Roost just completed a relocation and new stock will now be added on an ongoing basis so check back frequently. Our Recent Arrivals section at the very bottom of this page will provide you with a glimpse of our latest inventory additions. We also stock all orchid seed germination  books by A.J. Hicks of The Orchid Seedbank Project as above.

Please feel free to Email Us if you need additional assistance, have any questions or you'd like to be notified of new arrivals tailored more to your personal interests. See our Terms and Shipping Fees  for more information about our policies.

For your reference and convenience, our Raven Picks & Links  page offers up-to-date links information and links relating to books, book collecting, online communities to join and sites to visit. Peruse sources and guides for collectors, book description terminology, preservation, book care and repair, display, archival supplies, library links, bookmarks and other ephemera, fine bindings, autographs, links to our neighborhood independent online booksellers and other special interests. There are also sections for botanists, orchid and other specialty plant enthusiasts.

A note on our books and book images: Most of our books, with the exception of several titles currently in print, are available as single copies on a first come, first serve basis. Removable, clear archival quality jacket protectors are provided on all books which have dust jackets. We provide images with our book descriptions. In some cases multiple views are available (use the <> prompts). Please note that the images we provide for you are photos or scans of the actual book in our inventory and are not stock mass market photos. If you would like to see an image of a book that does not yet have one provided, or additional images, please email us. The images, book descriptions and content on this site are to be considered the property of Ravenroost Books. All rights reserved.

Our Featured Items
Gardens: Architectural Digest, Rense, Paige
Gardens: Architectural Digest
Rense, Paige

Fresh Cuts : Unexpected Arrangements With Branches, Buds and Blooms, Gal, Edwina Von
Fresh Cuts : Unexpected Arrangements With Branches, Buds and Blooms
Gal, Edwina Von

Edgar Poe and His Critics, Whitman, Sarah Helen
Edgar Poe and His Critics
Whitman, Sarah Helen

Handbook on Gesneriads (African-Violets, Gloxinias and Their Relatives) Plants & Gardens Vol. 23 Spring (May) 1967., Batcheller, Frances N. Et al
Handbook on Gesneriads (African-Violets, Gloxinias and Their Relatives) Plants & Gardens Vol. 23 Spring (May) 1967.
Batcheller, Frances N. Et al

MOSS GARDENING. Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures., Schenk, George
MOSS GARDENING. Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures.
Schenk, George

Urban Sanctuaries : Peaceful Havens for the City Gardener, Anderton, Stephen
Urban Sanctuaries : Peaceful Havens for the City Gardener
Anderton, Stephen

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, Angelou, Maya
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well
Angelou, Maya

Literary Blasphemies, Boyd, Ernest
Literary Blasphemies
Boyd, Ernest

Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination. With Chapter on Symbiotic Germination., Hicks, Aaron J. [with a Chapter By Scott Stewart]
Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination. With Chapter on Symbiotic Germination.
Hicks, Aaron J. [with a Chapter By Scott Stewart]

Orchid Seed Germination Manual. A Tool for the Hobbyist., Hicks, Aaron J
Orchid Seed Germination Manual. A Tool for the Hobbyist.
Hicks, Aaron J

Climbing Plants [Kew Gardening Guides], Taylor, Jane
Climbing Plants [Kew Gardening Guides]
Taylor, Jane

Seaside Gardening, James, Theodore Jr.
Seaside Gardening
James, Theodore Jr.

Edgar Allan Poe : A Bibliography of Criticism, 1827-1967 (Bibliographical Society Ser.), Cauthen, Irby B., Jr.; Dameron, Lasley J.
Edgar Allan Poe : A Bibliography of Criticism, 1827-1967 (Bibliographical Society Ser.)
Cauthen, Irby B., Jr.; Dameron, Lasley J.

Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, Angelou, Maya
Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well
Angelou, Maya

How to Eradicate Invasive Plants, Chance, Teri Dunn
How to Eradicate Invasive Plants
Chance, Teri Dunn

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