A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi - M.C. Cooke

1898 - W. H. Allen and Co., London - Sixth Edition, Revised
An informative Victorian-era reference to British fungi, wonderfully illustrated with 20 full page colour plates of thirty-four species and numerous woodcuts throughout the text.

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914) was an English botanist and mycologist. From 1872 to 1894, he edited
Grevillea, a monthly periodical devoted to the study of mushrooms.

The word ‘esculent’ means ‘edible’.
 
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The Whole Art and Trade of Husbandry - Conrad [Konrad] Heresbach, Barnaby Googe

1614 - Printed by T.S. for Richard More, London
An early 400 year old English translation of this important and popular agricultural treatise, with noted sections on wine.

Finely bound, and illustrated with six woodcut decorations to head of page and six decorated letters.

‘Homer giveth the chiefest prayse to the Wine of Maronia, and Pramnium. Virgill most commendeth Rhentish wine: others the wine of Aminia, Lamentana, Candy, and Corsega, but I meane to speake of those that are commonly in our dayes. In Italy this day they make most account of wine of Corsega, Romani, and Meysina. In Spaine the best esteeme the wine of S. Martine, of Ribodari, and Giberalter. In France the greatest praise is given to the wine of Orleans, Aniuo, and Greues: Germanie began but of late to meddle with planting of Vines, for Varro writeth, that the Frenchmen and the Germanes had in his time both Wines and Dliues: but at this day the Rhine, the Necker, the Mene, Mosel, and Danaw, may compare with any Countries, for goodneise of their wines.’ (Leaf 75).

Written by the German Konrad Heresbach (1496-1576) and first published in 1570, André Simon mentions that the popularity of this work in England was due to ‘an excellent English translation, with a number of interesting commentaries, by one named Barnaby Googe’. For wine see leaf 74 onwards under ‘
of the ordering of Orchards’. 
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From China to Hkamti Long - Captain F. Kingdon-Ward

1924 - Edward Arnold & Co., London - First Edition
In 1922-1923 the great plant hunter Kingdon-Ward travelled "westward from the Yangtze, across the narrow strip of the earth's crust where the great rivers of South-East Asia escape from Tibet and through the jungles which hide the headwaters of the mighty Irawaddi, Burma's great river" (from preface).

Illustrated with twenty one black and white photographs on 16 plates and a folding map outlined in colour to the rear.

‘The author's second attempt to march overland to India from Likiang, on the borders of Yunnan. He explored Yunnan and Szechwan in 1921, and Yunnan, Szechwan, Tibet and North Burma in 1922. This is a feat which had been performed only three times; in 1895 by Prince Henry of Orleans, with two companions; in 1906 by E. C. Young; and in 1911 by F. M. Bailey.’ (Yakushi).
 
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The Lorette System of Pruning - Louis Lorette, W.R. Dykes [Translator]

1925 - Martin Hopkinson & Company Ltd., London - First Edition in English
The classic work which revolutionized the pruning of fruit trees, rare in first edition and such nice condition. Illustrated with diagrams and photographic plates. 
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Mountains and Moorlands - with The Sea Shore - New Naturalist Series No. 11 & 12 - W. H. Pearsall, C. M. Yonge

1950 - Collins, London - First Editions
Two finely bound first editions from the acclaimed ‘New Naturalist Series’.

The Sea Shore illustrated with 61 colour and 62 black and white photographic plates as well as 88 in-text illustrations.

Mountains and Moorlands with With 47 colour and 34 black and white photographs by John Markham, B. A. Crouch and others, and 48 maps and diagrams. 
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1712 - for R.Bonwicke, London - First Edition in English
A complete two volume first edition in English of the most important illustrated book on medicinal plants and animals during the 17th century, and among the first to act as a handbook to apothecary. It includes a catalogue of seeds brought back from America,

Amongst the 86 magnificent copper-engraved plates of over 400 images are descriptions and plates of sugar-refining, indigo & tobacco preparation, beekeeping, and silk-manufacture.

Pierre Pomet (1658-99), apothecary to the French court, was a renowned and much travelled chemist and botanist. He opened a `drug-house' in Paris and taught botany at the Jardin des Plantes. He was distinguished by his knowledge of all manner of materia medica. Physician to Louis XIV.

Louis Lemery
(1677-1743), doctor and chemist, brilliant son of the distinguished chemist Nicolas Lemery. Physician to Louis XV.

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, (1656-1708), French botanist and physician, a pioneer in systematic botany, whose system of plant classification represented a major advance in his day and remains, in some respects, valid to the present time. 
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The Naturalist in Manchuria - Arthur de Carle Sowerby

1922 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
A remarkably clean set in original illustrated cloth, profusely illustrated with three tipped-in colour plates, three folding maps, 127 black and white photographic illustrations on 79 plates, 38 black and white sketches on 9 plates, a folding black & white line drawing, and numerous in-text sketches and diagrams.

China-born Arthur Sowerby began his career as a naturalist by collecting specimens for the Museum in Tai-yuan Fu. In 1906, he was appointed to the staff of the Anglo-Chinese College at Tientsin as lecturer and curator of its Natural History Museum. In 1908, he joined American millionaire Robert Sterling Clark on an expedition into Shansi and Kansu provinces of north China for the Smithsonian Institute. This began a long association with Clark, who financed four expeditions into Manchuria from 1913 to 1915, during which Sowerby gathered new facts and made original observations on ‘
every type of country-wide and fertile plains, heavy coniferous forests, or lighter woods of deciduous trees, low, grassy hills, or high, rocky peaks, reeking swamps, the valleys of great rolling rivers, or lesser stream-cut ravines’.

Five volumes bound in three, titled:
Travel and Exploration; Mammals; Birds; The cold-blooded Vertebrates and Tunicates of the Manchurian Region; and The Invertebrates and Flora of the Manchurian Region.

 
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

A detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mount Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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