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Urban Sanctuaries : Peaceful Havens for the City Gardener, Anderton, Stephen
1 1496
Anderton, Stephen
Urban Sanctuaries : Peaceful Havens for the City Gardener
Timber Press, Incorporated, in Association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Portland, OR, U.S.A., 2001
4to - over 9" - 12" tall
First Edition
Hard Cover
Near Fine, Fine
0881925020 / 9780881925029

4to. 144 pgs. Fine condition hardcover in Near Fine jacket. Jacket with small wrinkle near top edge of spine, else as new. A richly illustrated source of inspiration for building a special garden retreat-for both urban and suburban gardeners alike. Contents: Introduction. Part I: The Body of the Garden. Space and scale, light, soil, water, planting style. Part II: The Spirit of the Garden. Magic and mystery, the natural approach, the gardener's garden, devoted to water, minimalist style, rooms with views, roof and balcony retreats, family havens, directory of plants, index, acknowledgements. ISBN 0881925020. #1496.

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The Orchid in Lore and Legend., Berliocchi, Luigi
2 1678
Berliocchi, Luigi
The Orchid in Lore and Legend.
Timber Press
Oregon, 2001
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
Second Printing.
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0881924911 / 9780881924916

8vo. 184 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket. Translated by Lenore Rosenberg and Anita Weston. Firsy published in1996 as "Il flore degli dei, l'orchideadel mito alla storia" by Nuovo Equilibri, Viterbo, Italy. Foreword by Henry Oakley. Richly illustrated throughout with black and white period engravings and paintings and full page color plates from Warner and Williams "The Orchid Album". An account of the discovery of the orchid and it's place in literature, religion, the arts, magic, cuisine, lore and legend. Also included is an account of the most popular genera and their cultivation. Chapters: myths and legends, from prehistory to history, patrons and hunters, arts and customs (literature, art, magic, religion, medicine, edible orchid products), the plant (habitat, plant structure and behavior), the genera (Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Epidendrum, Enciclia, Laelia, Miltonia and Miltoniopsis, Odontoglossum, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum and other slipper-orchids, Phalaenopsis, Vanda, European Orchids), growing orchids, sources, index of orchids. ISBN 0881924911. #1678.

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Literary Blasphemies, Boyd, Ernest
3 1591
Boyd, Ernest
Literary Blasphemies
Harper & Brothers Publishers
New York and London, 1927
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
First Edition
Hard Cover
Fair, Very Good

8vo. 265 pgs. Very Good condition hardcover quarter bound in green buckrham cloth with green boards and matching title piece on spine. Stated First Edition. Slight darkening to spine at edges, wear to cloth of upper spine end. Paper over front hinge cracked, underlying binding remains intact. Clean and unmarked throughout. Jacket is present but in fragments, pieces are separated at the paper folds, held in place in a clear archival cover. With a refreshing attitude of "appreciative irreverence", a literary Friar's Roast of sorts, biographical commentaries and critiques are presented for William Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Thomas Hardy. Excerpt from the chapter on Walt Whitman: "Walt Whitman was the first of the literary exhibitionists whose cacaphonous incongruities and general echolalia are the distinguishing marks of what is regarded as poetry in aesthetic circles today". From the chapter on Edgar Allan Poe: "The high status of Edgar Allan Poe to-day [sic] seems to be largely another manifestation of that modern American delight in sin whereby the intelligentsia demonstrate their emancipation from the simple code of their rude forefathers. He is invested with the same glamour of sympathetic wickedness to which may be traced the benevolent smiles that greet all violations of the Eighteenth Amendment in cultivated and enlightened society". From the chapter on John Milton "In a sense his fame is even more inhumanly secure, his reputation more sacrosanct, because he liked biblical subjects in his moments of relaxation from the writing of those dreary political pamphlets which actually occupied the best years of his life and are as extinct as the conditions out of which they arose". Of Lord Byron, it was said that Byron "understood the rights of man, but he seems never to have heard of the rights of woman". In a remark to Lady Blessingham"I have not quite made up my mind that women have souls". Also mentioned is Harriet Beecher Stowe's efforts to vindicate Lady Byron after their marital separation and to bring to light Byron's incestuous affair with his half-sister. Of Shakespeare, the author writes: " He has no message for mankind and his humor is frequently so feeble that a bad burlesque show is brilliant in comparison...If he is irresistible it is because he is a musician of words so lovely that the English tongue is forever illuminated by his use of it".#1591.

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Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls, Dunnett, Nigel and Kingsbury, Noel
4 1789
Dunnett, Nigel and Kingsbury, Noel
Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
Timber Press
Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., 2004
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall

Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
088192640X / 9780881926408

254 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket. Illustrated with color photos throughout. A description of the historical development and current techniques for planting on roofs and walls. Apart from inherent beauty, roof greening reaps the environmental benefits of reducing pollution and run-off, insulating against heat and cold and reducing maintenance needs. Both large scale and small domestic examples are explored, introducing the practical techniques required including weight-bearing considerations, materials, substrates, draining layers and modular systems. A chapter is devoted to choosing plants optimally for the extreme conditions encountered on roofs, such as drought, high light intensity and wind. Contents: Introduction, Why Build Green Roofs?, Components of Green Roofs, Facade Greening, Living Walls, Structures and Surfaces. Appendices: Roof-Greening Plant Directory, Facade-Greening Plant Directory, Suppliers, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 088192640X #1789

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Orchid Seed Germination Media. A Compendium of Formulations., Hicks, Aaron J. and Katy Lynn, Editor
5 2408
Hicks, Aaron J. and Katy Lynn, Editor
Orchid Seed Germination Media. A Compendium of Formulations.
The Orchid Seedbank Project
Chandler, AZ, 2014
Small 4to., 8x10.5 Inches
First Edition, Third Printing
Soft Cover
096730492X / 9780967304922

Doug Baldwin Photography

211pgs. Fine condition softcover, as new from publisher. First Edition Third Printing. August 2014. An authoritative and comprehensive compendium of over 130 media formulations and recipes used for the propagation of orchid seeds in vitro, this treatise presents not just the hows, but the very readable wherefores and whys of the materials and techniques used. Contents: History; Chemistry: The Elements, Isotopes, Oxidation States, The Chemistry of Ions, Formula Weight; The Metric System; Stock Solutions, Overlays; Glassware: Glass, Pipettes, Volumetric Flasks, Erlenmeyer Flasks, Graduated Cylinders, Beakers, Cleaning; Water; pH; The Mineral Nutrition of Orchids: Orthogonally Constructed Media, Mineral Nutrition of Orchid Plants; Essentiality: Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur; Micronutrients: Iron, Manganese, Boron, Zinc, Copper, Molybdenum, Chlorine; Other Elements: Cobalt, Silicon, Sodium, Nickel, Vanadium, Iodine, Aluminum; Vitamins; Other Media Components, Sugars; Heterotrophic Carbon: Buffers, Undefined Components, Plant Growth Regulators, Individual Genera [Bulbophyllum, Calypso, Cattleya, Coryanthes, Cymbidium, Cypripedium, Cyrtopodium, Dendrobium, Disa, Doritis, Epidendrum, Gongora, Grammatophyllum, Laelia, Mermecophilia, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Peristeria, Phalaenopsis, Phragmipedium, Pleurothallis, Schomburgkia, Sophronitis, Spiranthes, Stanhopea, Thelymitra, Vanda, Vanilla, Zygopetalum]; Constructing Media; Media Formulation, Osmotic Strength; The Media [recipe, notes and sources for each]; References; Alphabetical Index of Media. By the author of Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination and Orchid Seed Germination Manual. ISBN-10: 096730492X, ISBN-13: 9780967304922. #2408

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Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination. With Chapter on Symbiotic Germination., Hicks, Aaron J. [with a Chapter By Scott Stewart]
6 2270
Hicks, Aaron J. [with a Chapter By Scott Stewart]
Asymbiotic Technique of Orchid Seed Germination. With Chapter on Symbiotic Germination.
The Orchid Seedbank Project
Chandler, AZ, 2016
8vo - 7 - 9 Inches Tall
Third Printing of Second Revised Editi
Soft Cover

185pgs. New condition softcover, softbound pb. Direct from the publisher, this is the February 2014 printing of the updated and expanded second edition which features a new chapter on symbiotic technique by Scott Stewart. With clear instructions for beginners as well as experienced growers, detailed content, fully referenced chapters, illustrated throughout with black and white and color photos, tables, drawings and sketches. Chapters: I.The Orchid Seed: Germination, Orchid Mycorrhiza; II. A Brief History of Orchids From Seed: History; III. The Basics: Orchid Seed Production, Orchid Seed Harvesting, Orchid Seed Storage, Handling and Shipping of Orchid Seed, Theoretical Considerations for Orchid Seed Storage, Laboratory Basics, Media, Sterization and Bacteriology 101, Preparation of the Media; IV. Technique: Preparation of the Sowing Area, Disinfection of Seed, Green Capsule Technique, Variations on a Theme; V. Post-Sowing: Dealing With Contamination Problems, Care of the Sown Flasks, Replate, Deflasking and Seedling Care; VI. Advanced Techniques: Media Modifications, Specific Genera, Making Your Own Glove Box, Manufacturing Baffle Ports for a Glove Box, New Directions in Seed Disinfection, Practicing With Inert Compounds, Alternative Gelling Agents, Viability Testing and Seed Analysis, Database Systems and Tracking of Containers; VII. Symbiotic Orchid Seed Germination; Appendices: I. Where to Start, Media, Flasking Area, Seeds, Easy Starts; II. Improvised Home Flasking; III. Nepenthes Germination; IV. Miscellaneous. References: Additional Reading, Micropropagation, Conservation. Suppliers, Conversions, Alphabetical Index. See also in our inventory: "Orchid Seed Germination Manual" and "Orchid Seed Germination Media. A Compendium of Formulations" by the same author. ISBN 0967304939. #2270.

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The Glass House, Hix, John
7 1608
Hix, John
The Glass House
Phaidon Press, Incorporated
New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
4to - 9 Inches-12 inches tall
First Printing
Hard Cover
As New, As New
0714832111 / 9780714832111

4to. 239 pgs. As New hardcover in As New jacket, clean and unmarked. Illustrated throughout with historic and contemporary drawings, etchings, lithographs and photographs. The author traces the evolution of glass enclosures from the mid-seventeenth century when the desire to nurture exotic plants in a foreign and often hostile climate led to the development of the glasshouse and ingenious mechanical support systems capable of maintaining a suitable microenvironment. Sections: Introduction, Beginnings, This Liberal and Improving Age, The Artificial Climate, The Automatic Garden, The Grand Private Conservatory, Industrialization and Mass-Marketing, Glass in the Public Garden, The Crystal Palace and After, The Great Exhibitions, Expressionists and Beyond, Notes, Bibliography, Index. Large book, about 10x11.5 inches. ISBN 0714832111. #1608.

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Slightly Chipped. Footnotes in Booklore., Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
8 2470
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
Slightly Chipped. Footnotes in Booklore.
St. Martin's Press
New York, 1999
First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0312205872 / 9780312205874

215 pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine jacket, first printing of first edition in pristine condition. A classic read for book lovers, sellers and collectors alike. The authors of Used and Rare continue their adventures in their quest for rare and out-of-print books, delving into ephemera such as Bram Stoker's notes for Dracula, , the Bloomsbury Group, a Sotheby's auction experience, hypermoderns and internet bookselling. See also our book#2469. ISBN# 0312205872. #2470.

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New Worlds in Old Books, Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine B. Stern
9 2468
Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine B. Stern
New Worlds in Old Books
Oak Knoll Press
Delaware, 1999
First Edition, First Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
1884718892 / 9781884718892

viii.202pgs. Fine hardcover in Fine dustjacket, pristine condition in removable archival cover. In this bibliophile memoir, dedicated "to the Survival of the Printed Book in the Twenty-First Century" the world-renowned authors reveal the new realms and wealth of knowledge waiting to be discovered in the world of old books. Sections: Introduction: Through Our Hands, What's Past Is Prologue, Eye-Witness Reports, United Nations and Utopias, Hidden Americana, Censorship and Suppression, Stratagems of Satan, Feminism, The Jews, The Blacks, The Lure of Firsts, The Press: Exotic and Uncommon, Provenance, Selected Short-Title Lists, Index. ISBN 1884718892. #2468.

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The Lady's Manual of Homoeopathic Treatment in the Various Derangements Incident to Her Sex. Eleventh Edition Thoroughly Revised and Improved., Ruddock, E. H.
10 2391
Ruddock, E. H.
The Lady's Manual of Homoeopathic Treatment in the Various Derangements Incident to Her Sex. Eleventh Edition Thoroughly Revised and Improved.
The Homoeopathic Publiching Company
Small 8vo., 5 By 7.25 Inches.
Later Edition
Decorated Cloth Hardcover
Good to Very Good

269 pgs. Good to Very Good condition brown cloth hardcover, gilt lettering and decoration to front and spine. Rubbing of cloth to edges and corners, binding shaken at hiinges but still holding well, front free endpaper missing, rear endpaper has closed tears. Clean and unmarked but for a small booksellers or druggists ticket at bottom of the title page (James Epps & Co., Ltd. Homeopathic Chemists, London). This is an original printing of the eleventh edition, [circa 1900, not dated], not a modern reprint, with the introduction of some new remedies, an enlarged glossary and fuller directions as to the management of some diseases. Following the index are several pages of advertisements for similar titles as well as an advertisement for Neave's Food for infants, growing children, invalids and the aging. Contents: Prefaces and notes to earlier editions, Chapters: I. Introduction. Homoeopathic Medicines, directions for mixing and taking medicines, rules for patients, the bidet or hip bath, spinal hot water and ice bags. II. Menstruation [and Menopause]. III. Incidental Diseases. IV. Reproduction. Marriage, sterility, conception, maternal impressions. V. Pregnancy. Signs and symptoms, general habits during pregnancy. VI. Disorders of Pregnancy. VII. Labour. VIII. Management and Delivery. IX. Lactation. X. Appendix: List of remedies prescribed in this manual, with the disorders for which they are used, and the dilutions recommended for general use. Glossary, Index, Advertisements.#2391.

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MOSS GARDENING. Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures., Schenk, George
11 1786
Schenk, George
MOSS GARDENING. Including Lichens, Liverworts and Other Miniatures.
Timber Press
Oregon, 2004
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
Ninth Printing
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0881923702 / 9780881923704

8vo. 261 pgs. Fine condition black cloth hardcover in Fine jacket, clean and unmarked, as new from publisher. A practical source book for moss-lovers with sections on identification, transportation, propagation, cultivation and uses in various gardening schemes. Glossy color photos offer inspiration throughout the text. Topics include general moss cultivation, Japanese gardens, mossy rocks, lichens, liverworts, Alpine gardens, container gardening, bonsai mosses, index of mosses and other bryophytes. Winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award. ISBN 0881923702. #1786.

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Edgar Allan Poe. How to Know Him., Smith, C. Alphonso
12 2536
Smith, C. Alphonso
Edgar Allan Poe. How to Know Him.
Indianapolis, 1921
5 x 7.5 Inches
First Edition
Hard Cover in Slipcase
Very Good

350pgs. Very Good condition green cloth hard cover, gilt lettering to front and spine. Very light rubbing to corners, light foxing to pre-title pages otherwise internally clean, sound and unmarked. Frontis portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. This is the original edition and not a modern reprint. Contents: Chapter I: The World-Author; Chapter II: The Man; Chapter III: The Critic; Chapter IV: The Poet; Chapter V: The Writer of Short Stories; Chapter VI: The Frontiersman. By the author of "What Can Literature Done for Me?", "O. Henry Biography". #2536.

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Manual of Orchids (Royal Horticultural Society Ser.), Stewart, Joyce (editor); Griffiths, Mark (editor)
13 1180
Stewart, Joyce (editor); Griffiths, Mark (editor)
Manual of Orchids (Royal Horticultural Society Ser.)
Timber Press, Incorporated, in Association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Portland, OR, U.S.A., 1995
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
First American Edition
Hard Cover
Fine, Fine
0881923346 / 9780881923346

8vo. liii.388 pgs. Fine Hardcover in Fine dust jacket. A comprehensive treatment of all orchid species and cultivars currently in cultivation. Contents: Preface, Introduction (history, culture, glasshouse orchids, composts, potting, repotting, mounted plants, watering and spraying, feeding, resting, staking and flowering, cultural problems, pests and diseases, propagation, tissue culture, hybridization, nomenclature, merit awards, sources of plants, hardy orchids), Classification, List of Genera, Glossary, Tables of Measurement, Climactic Zones, Abbreviations, Orchids A-Z (a summary of each genus, with cultural information, is followed by description of the species), names no longer in use, index of popular names, orchid hybrid abbreviations, bibliography. Illustrated throughout with detailed black and white drawings, tables and charts. ISBN 0881923346. #1180.

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The Clutius Botanical Watercolors. The Flowers and Plants of the Reanaissance., Swan, Claudia
14 2306
Swan, Claudia
The Clutius Botanical Watercolors. The Flowers and Plants of the Reanaissance.
Harry N. Abrams
New York, 1998
4to - over 12" Tall
No Later Printings Indicated.
Cloth Hardcover
Fine, Fine
0810940957 / 9780810940956

143 pgs, Fine condition green cloth hardcover in Fine jacket. Clean and unmarked, as new condition. Full color illustrations throughout. Featuring a deluxe assemly of rare and precious botanical art works painted in Holland in the late sixteenth century by artist(s) unknown, they were collected by pharmacist Theodorus Clutius. Originally designed to be used for reference by both artists and dovtors, they have never before been published in this format or to this extent. Contents: Acknowledgements, A Garden of Images: Theodorus Clutius's Painted Herbarium, Plate List, A Note on the selection. Plates: The PLeasure Garden: Flowering Plants, Trees and Shrubs, Succulents; The Kitchen Garden: Fruits and Fruit-Bearing Trees, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices. In the Wild: Water and Waterside Plants, Grasses. Weeds, Fern, Fuubgi, Mosses and Lichens. Flowers by Elias Verhulst (?). Selected Bibliography. Please note: This book is too large for Flat Rate shipping options. ISBN 0810940957. Book #2306.

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Valery and Poe. A Literary Legacy, Vines, Lois Davis
15 2102
Vines, Lois Davis
Valery and Poe. A Literary Legacy
New York University Press
New York and Cleveland, 1992
8vo - over 7" - 9" tall

Hard Cover
Very Good
0814787711 / 9780814787717

8vo. xii. 217 pgs. Very Good+ hardcover, green cloth, gilt lettering. Shallow waving to paper around pg. 41 due to a transparent waterspot, else clean and unmarked throughtout. Contents: acknowledgements, abbreviations, introduction, the image of Poe inherited from Baudelaire and Mallarme, Valery's view on influence, Dupin-Teste: the Poe connection, Poe, Valery and modern criticism, poetics and poetry, "On Poe's Eureka", conclusion: unity of effect, Afterword: Poe in France since 1945, Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index, about the author. ISBN 0814787711. #2102.

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Plumes in the Dust. Love Affair of Edgar Allan Poe and Fanny Osgood., Walsh, John Evangelist
16 2526
Walsh, John Evangelist
Plumes in the Dust. Love Affair of Edgar Allan Poe and Fanny Osgood.
Chicago, 1980
8vo, 8.5 x 5.75 Inches
First Printing
Hard Cover
Very Good, Very Good
0882296833 / 9780882296838

163pgs. Very Good hardcover in Very Good jacket. Clean and unmarked but for a small faint shadow from a former sticker on front endpaper. Binding tight, light wear to bottom edge of spine. Jacket has slight darkening to paper of spine, no chips or tears. Following the text is a very readable and intriguing notes and sources section. Evidence is presented that Poe indeed fatheredf an ill-fated child with Fanny Oagood while he was married to the ailing Virginia Clemm and she to Sam Osgood, inspiring the poem Ulalume. Sections: Prologue: Region of Sighs, Region of Weir, Epilogue, Appendix A: The Oil Portrait of Poe by S.S. Osgood, Appendix B: "Lulin, or The Diamond Fay" by Frances S. Osgood, Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 0882296833. #2526.

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Edgar Poe and His Critics, Whitman, Sarah Helen
17 1213
Whitman, Sarah Helen
Edgar Poe and His Critics
The Americanist Press
Pennsylvania, 1967
Small 8vo.
Facsimile Edition.
Soft Cover, Stiff Wraps
Very Good

Limited Facsimile Edition

Sm. 8vo. 81 pgs. Very Good condition softcover in stiff wraps as issued. Limited Edition of 200 copies, a facsimile of the 1860 Rudd & Carleton edition. The Americanist Reprint Series. An earnest and thoughtful effortt by Ms. Whitman, a colleague of Poe's, to rectify the notoriously damaging and purportedly inaccurate biography written about Poe by Griswold. Clean and unmarked, with the exception of an inscription on the half title page: "Thomas Michael Kane The Americanists!". #1213.

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