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The Gardener's Assistant : Practical and Scientific. A guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden &c &c.

By: THOMPSON, Robert.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, Blackie & Son [1859].:

Seller ID: 9515

Condition: First Edition, contemporary half calf with green morocco label, over dark green pebble cloth boards. Small folio [binding c. 25.5 x 17 cms], pp.[iii] - xv, verso blank, 774, bound without half-title [?], spine faded and just chipped at extreme head, corners lightly scuffed. Contents very clean and crisp, an excellent solid copy.


With 12 superb hand-coloured plates as issued : and with 268 woodcut illustrations in the text of plants, layouts, greenhouses, tools and other equipment. *** The hand-coloured plates [engraved by Thomas Dick and by J. W. Lowry] are by Augustus Innes Baker Withers 1792 - 1869, one of the outstanding illustrators of the day. She contributed to many famous works including Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico, and Maund's The Botanist. She was appointed Flower Painter in Ordin... View more info

Collection De Douze Vues de Waterloo [lithograph plates by Gerard].

By: WATERLOO : Gerard.

Price: £175.00

Publisher: Brussels, chez Gerard, lithographe-editeur nd [c.1840s].:

Seller ID: 9131

Condition: Original grey printed paper wrappers. Oblong 4to c. 22 x 28 cms. Comprises 12 lithograph engravings + folding Battle Plan c. 40 x 40 cms with dispositions in colour and texts in French & English. Wrappers just very lightly dusty or marked, engravings just lightly dusty or marked in the margins, tiny prick-hole in extreme top right-hand blank corner of all leaves, an excellent copy of a fragile item.


No copy in Cambridge University Library : no copy in National Union Catalogue. And not listed in The Sandler Collection. Gerard's lithographs appear to have been issued in a number of formats and combinations. The British Library lists two copies, one with the map as here, and one without : and suggests dates of 1845 and 1850. View more info

Image for The Toilet Of Flora [translated from Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz] : or a collection of the most simple and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates. With receipts for cosmetics of every kind ... for the use of the ladies. New Edition Improved.

The Toilet Of Flora [translated from Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz] : or a collection of the most simple and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates. With receipts for cosmetics of every kind ... for the use of the ladies. New Edition Improved.

By: [BUC'HOZ, Pierre-Joseph].

Price: £575.00

Publisher: Printed for J. Murray, and W. Nicoll 1775.:

Seller ID: 9085

Condition: 2nd English Edition, contemporary speckled calf gilt, neatly recornered and rebacked in calf with red morocco label. Sm.8vo, c.pp[16] + 272, last couple of leaves lightly damp-marked, an excellent mellow copy. Neat little modern booklabel on endpaper : and endpaper very neatly initialled 'A. M. August 21st 1803'.


Scarce and important book. First published in French 1771 : and in English 1772. For this 2nd English Edition, see NUC listing 5 copies only : and see 18thC STC noting the BL copy only. Later English editions included an engraved plate : none was issued for this improved 2nd English Edition. *** The Toilet of Flora was an important book in the development of natural vegetable-based cosmetics and treatments of every kind. Until this time, 18th century cosmetics, especia... View more info

The Wars of Wellington, a Narrative Poem; in Fifteen Cantos. Embellished with Six Engravings coloured from the original Paintings. By Dr Syntax.

By: [IMITATION of William Combe / Dr Syntax].

Price: £350.00

Publisher: London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821.:

Seller ID: 9296

Condition: The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, pp.vi + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant.


The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. *** The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very l... View more info

The Nun Of Arrouca : a tale.

By: [RUSSELL, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell].

Price: £400.00

Publisher: London, John Murray 1822.:

Seller ID: 9138

Condition: First Edition, modern quarter morocco lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides. Sm.8vo, pp[2] half-title + [2] title + 87, couple of neat booklabels on endpaper, an excellent copy.


Rare early novel by the youthful Lord John Russell, later grandfather to the philosopher Bertrand Russell. A radical liberal, Lord John Russell twice headed the British government as a major reforming Prime Minister. In his youth he had several times visited Portugal, where he met Wellington; and had also travelled to Elba to meet Napoleon. In this late-Gothic romantic novella Edward Pembroke, a young English officer serving in the Peninsular War, is wounded while heroic... View more info