Five Rare Books for Collectors: Gardening and Botany

Ken Spelman

Flowers: their Moral, Language, and Poetry by Henry Gardiner Adams

Highlights from Ken Spelman Books' latest catalogue of recently acquired rare books and manuscripts in gardening and botany including:

* Flowers: their Moral, Language, and Poetry by Henry Gardiner Adams. Scarce. Halifax: Milner and Sowerby. 1866. First published in 1844, and by Milner in 1860. 

* Popular Flowers: their cultivation, propagation and general treatment in all seasons by Robert Tyas. 12 coloured plates each with a pink tinted guard page. Houlston & Stoneman. 1844.

* The Gardener’s Receipt Book: containing methods for destroying all kinds of vermin and insects injurious to the garden. With preventives and cures for all the different diseases of plants; and directions for the preservation of trees, fruits, flowers, &c William Jones. Scarce. R. Groombridge and Sons. 1845. The author was gardener to J. Lawrence, Esq., Beddington, Surrey.

*The Young Botanists, anon. Over 50 text illustrations. A prize label (rather foxed), dated 1851 is on the inner board. It is also inscribed “for Katey Lloyd from her Granmother.” The Religious Tract Society. [1847].

* The English Flower Garden with Illustrative Notes by Henry Arthur Bright. First edition. Macmillan and Co. 1881. Inscribed from the author to Lord Crewe at the head of the title-page, and with his book-plate. Inserted is a chatty letter to Lord Crewe from Henry Bright, dated July 1, 1881, presenting this copy to him.