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17/08/2018

Plant Hunting

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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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
Comments: ,  (RRP £28), New
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
Comments:  (RRP £45), New
Price: £(GBP)40.00
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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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Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.95), New
Price: £(GBP)17.50
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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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Samuel, H J -  Wild Flower Hunter
.The story of Ellis Rowan flower hunter 1961 151 pages 9 ½ x6
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments: , Second hand book – please see important information
Price: £(GBP)5.00
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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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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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Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £12.99), New
Price: £(GBP)10.00
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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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