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14/01/2017

Plant Hunting

Anisko, Tomasz -  Plant Exploration for Longwood Gardens
Celebrating the garden’s centenary and 50 years of plant hunting expeditions by this renown US Garden, the author, who is curator of the gardens, takes us through the trips made and the plants and scenery seen, organised by regions of the world. Well illustrated with colour photos from the trips and areas, this is a fascinating book.. 2006 11 ¼ x 9 334 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £50), New
Price: £(GBP)32.50
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Slight wear and misfitting dust jacket (RRP £50), New
Price: £(GBP)27.50
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Coats, Alica -  The Quest for Plants
A well respected and researched book on the subject which divides the world in to 10 regions and concentrates mainly on those whose discoveries had impact on the plants we grow in our temperate gardens. 1969 10 x 6 ¼ 400 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: Qquite a worn copy, both to its dust wrapper which has quite a number of tears, and the body of the book., Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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View larger image of 'Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants'Cox & Hutchinson -  Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants
The two authors have been on 16 trips over a period of 40 years, mainly to the Himalayas and Western China –areas with amazing plant diversity and many of which haven’t been botanically visited since Ernest Wilson. And they have brought in to cultivation many of these plants they found. So read how they did it! 2008 12 x 9 ½ 415 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £35), New
Price: £(GBP)28.50
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View larger image of 'Frank Kingdom Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges'Cox ed, Kenneth -  Frank Kingdom Ward's Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges
This is so much more than a reprint og Kingdom Ward’s 1926 classic on this very difficult to reach area. The authors have spent many years who not only relate their own expeditions which managed to go further than Kingdom Ward but also explain the background to the geology, people etc of the region. The second edition brings it further up to date with the 2000 floods and the latest dangers threatening the area with, plans for dams, logging etc. 335 pages11 ½ x 8 ½ 2008
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £35), New
Price: £(GBP)25.00
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View larger image of 'Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker'Desmond, Ray -  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Back in print again is this well researched and comprehensive account of the life and travels of one of the great pioneer Victorian plant hunters, and covers not just his visits to the Himalayas but also to North Africa and the Middle East, Antarctica and The Rockies and California. Illustrated with many contemporary drawings and botanical prints, there is much information about not only the plants but also the other aspects of his life. 1999 11 x 8 ½ 286 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.5), New
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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Earle & Reveal -  Lewis & Clark's Green World
The authors take us along the route of the expedition, recounting the challenges encountered by the explorer as well as describing and illustrating with a colour photograph the plants found by him. 2003 8 ¾ x 8 ¾ 256 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , New
Price: £(GBP)8.50
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Farrer -  Among the Hills
Reprint of his 1911account of his exploration of the Graian, Cottain and Maritime Alps. 326 pages 1985 9 ½ x 5 ¼
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)8.00
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Fisher -  Reginald Farrer, Author, Traveller, Botanist and Flower Painter
The original edition which was a reprint of the Alpine Garden Society’s Bulletin Volume 1 No 10, limited to 250 copies, which has articles on the man and his plants. 1932 9 x 5 ¾ 40 pages plus 25 pages of B&W photos.
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , No Duist Wrapper (as issued?), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)30.00
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View larger image of 'Plants from the Edge of the World'Flanagan & Kirkham -  Plants from the Edge of the World
Prompted by the 1987 UK hurricane which uprooted so many trees in Southern England, including Kew, this book gives an account for the search for new plants from the temperate regions of Korea, Taiwan, Eastern Russia and Japan to find new plants to fill the gaps. Tells the storey of the journey, the plants that were seen and the people encountered, and finishes with some of the results in cultivation at Kew. TIMBER PRESS BOOK. 2005 9 ¼ x 7 ¼ 312 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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View larger image of 'Flower Hunters'Gribbin, Mary & John -  Flower Hunters
Looks at the exploits of 11 of the hunters from the earliest days – from Ray through Linnaeus, Banks, Masson/Thunberg, Douglas, the Lobbs, Fortune, North, Spruce and Hooker and give very readable account of their achievements and challenges. 2008 7 ¾ x 5 332 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £9.99), New
Price: £(GBP)7.50
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Hadfield, Miles -  Pioneers in Gardening
First published in 1955 this is an account of both the plant hunters and early gardeners who between them brought gardens to our present realisation. 7 ¾ x 5 214 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £7.99), New
Price: £(GBP)4.00
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Hinkley, Dan -  The Explorer's Garden
The author is one of those people who has become a bit of a legend in his own time, having been on many plant hunting expeditions around the world. He puts forward a wide range of plants which either he has seen in habitat or others have brought to him which he believes are worthwhile, with descriptions, uses and propagation. Many colour photos. 1999 10 ¼ x 7 ¼ 380 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £30), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)16.50
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J Armstron Neame -  Meadow and Alpine Flowers of Northern Itlay
An account of a visit to see the plants, illustrated with 16 charming colour plates. 1937 8 ½ x 5 ¼ 192 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: No DW and cover somewhat faded., Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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View larger image of 'A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina'James D. Mauseth, Roberto Kiesling & Carlos Ostolaza -  A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina
Subtitled “Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina", this is the very readable account of the Authors’ travels through the countries searching for the plants, and giving interesting insights about them on the way. A remarkable book. 2002 Timber Press 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 306 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.95), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Kirkham & Flanagan -  Wilson's China
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Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)16.00
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View larger image of 'Potted Histories (also published as Plant Discoveries)'Knapp, Sandra -  Potted Histories (also published as Plant Discoveries)
A marvellous book that both recounts the discovery of the plants that we now take as commonplace in our gardens, and also the botany of several plant families, all wonderfully illustrated with colour reproductions of botanic art over the centuries. 11 ¼ x 10 ¾ 2003 336 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £45), New
Price: £(GBP)40.00
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Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'A Plantsman in Nepal'Lancaster -  A Plantsman in Nepal
The much expanded edition of the 1981 original with 270 colour photos make this a fascinating book about both the plants and the country written by an expert writer. 291 pages 1995 11 x 8 ½
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £35), New
Price: £(GBP)28.50
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Lyte -  Plant Hunters
13 chapters, each on one plant collector, gives a good feel of the search for and introduction of our cultivated plants. 191 pages plus 16 pages of photos including some in colour. 1983 9 ½ x 6 ¼
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)12.00
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Mabberley -  Ferdinand Bauer - The Nature of Discovery
This is about the little known Bauer brother who travelled the world, whereas the other one stayed at Kew and is perhaps better known. The book recounts his life and explorations, well illustrated in colour, mainly of flowers and plants, but with a number of animals – the Koala Bears are quite charming! Merrill 128 pages 1999 11 ½ x 9 ¼
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.95), Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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View larger image of 'Flowers of the Amazon Forests'Mee -  Flowers of the Amazon Forests
Sixty of this intrepid traveller’s botanic illustrations are presentd in quite large format, supplemented with photos and other illustrations along with extracts from her diary. Her illustrations are some of the best, and show what is rapidly vanishing from nature. 2006 12 x 9 ¾ 167 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry'O'Brien, Seamus -  In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry
The author follows in the steps of Henry - the plant hunter who made the largest botanical collection of plants in China – by making a series of visits to the areas based on Henry’s records, including some about to be flooded by dam construction. From these trips and Henry’s records he weaves the story of the plant hunter and the plants he found and introduced to cultivation. Well illustrated. 2011 12 x 9 ½ 367 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £40), New
Price: £(GBP)32.50
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Phillips, H Wayne -  Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Follows the route of these intrepid explorers, using over 300 plants that they found with not only description and illustration, but also extracts from their journals. 2003 9 x 6 278 pages
 
Cover: Card
Comments: , New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Potter, Jennifer -  Strange Blooms
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Cover: Hardback
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Rice -  Voyages of Discovery
A large lavishly illustrated book compiled from preserved specimens, natural history art and a few photos, from the Natural History Museum. Whilst covering all natural history, Botany does get good coverage. Covers ten trips by pioneers, from Sloane's trip to Jamaica in 1687 to deep sea diving in 1872! Fascinating. 335 pages 2000 12 ½ x 11
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: ,  (RRP £16.99), New
Price: £(GBP)12.50
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Seaward & FitzGerald -  Richard Spruce (1817-1893) Botanist and Explorer
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Cover: Softcover
Comments: , , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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View larger image of 'Seeds of Fortune - A Gardening Dynasty'Shephard, Sue -  Seeds of Fortune - A Gardening Dynasty
Recounts the story of the Veitch family and the development of their nursery business during the years of horticulture mania, and the plant explorers they sent out to find the new discoveries upon which their business was built. Illustrated with contemporary pictures, including 16 pages in colour. 2003 9 ½ x 6 ¼ 300 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £18.99), New
Price: £(GBP)13.50
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View larger image of 'A Rage for Rock Gardening'Shulman -  A Rage for Rock Gardening
A concise biography of the renown plant hunter and gardener Reginald Farrer . 127 pages plus 8 pages of illustrations. 2002 7 ½ x 5
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)3.50
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Smythe, F S -  The Valley of Flowers
A combination of plant hunting and exploration based on his original interest in mountaineering in the Himalayas which developed in to an appreciation of the plants . 1985 reprint of the 1938 original8 ¼ x 5 ¾ 322 pages
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: 1985 reprint of the 1938 original, Wear to the corners and cover, and a score on front cover, Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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Stuart -  The Plants that shaped our Gardens
More of a plant centric view of the development of plant usage in our gardens, this book is largely organised by the manner in which they have been used, with much fascinating information and well illustrated, mainly in colour. 10 ¼ x 7 ½ 2002 Frances Lincoln 208 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £25), New
Price: £(GBP)18.50
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Price: £(GBP)10.00
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Turner, Roger -  Design in the Plant Collector's Garden
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Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)12.50
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View larger image of 'The Plant Hunter's Garden'Ward, Bobby -  The Plant Hunter's Garden
The author gives us an insight in to many of the most adventurous of modern days plant hunters who are seeking the best of the less or previously unknown plants for introduction to cultivation. Fascinating, and gives many ideas for plant to look out for, with many illustrated in colour. 2004 10 ¾ x 7 ½ 340 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £29.99), New
Price: £(GBP)22.50
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Wilson -  Smoke that Thunders
Reprint of the 1927 description of his travels in Africa, Australia and NZ. 248 pages 1985 8 ½ x 5 ¼
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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View larger image of 'The Brother Gardeners'Wulf, Andrea -  The Brother Gardeners
A well researched yet very easy to read account of the early days of plant introductions to European cultivation, starting with what are perhaps some of less well known names of Bartram in the USA and Collinson in the UK, but also featuring Miller, Linnaeus, Banks, Solander along with many others and how they interacted with each other – and some were not angels! It brings to life all the practical difficulties of moving seeds and plants around the world, from sea salt and rotting through to piracy, and even the difficulties within the UK and Europe. 8 pages of colour illustrations. 2008 9 ½ x 6 ¼ 356 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: ,  (RRP £18.99), New
Price: £(GBP)13.50
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