PLANT  HUNTING  TITLES

 

Jane Brown, TALES OF THE ROSE TREE: Ravishing Rhododendrons and Their Travels Around the World.  (NY: Harper Collins, 2004)  308 pp., index, notes, recommended list of gardens to visit.  well ill. with period color & black-and-white plates.  The fascinating story of the discovery of azaleas and rhododendrons by plant hunters and their introduction into gardens.  very good copy in d.j.  $5

Alice Coats, THE PLANT HUNTERS.  (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1970)  440 pp., 26 ills., bibliography; Arranged by region and covering the period from the Renaissance to the 20th century, this is the most comprehensive overall work on plant hunting to date, and has become rather scarce.  a very good copy in d.j.  $15

R[onald] E[dgar] Cooper & A[lexander] O[rmiston] Curle & W.S. Fair, GEORGE FORREST, VMH.  (Haddington, UK: Scottish Rock Garden Club, 1973 [1935])  89 pp., bibliography, well ill. with period b&w photos.  A quality reissue of an early biography of a often neglected plant hunter.  a very good copy in plum cloth binding.  $20

E[uan] H[Hilhouse] M[ethven] Cox, FARRER'S LAST JOURNEY, Upper Burma, 1919-1920, Together With a Complete List of All Rhododendrons Collected by Reginald Farrer, and His Field Notes.  (London: Dulau & Co., Ltd, 1926)  Compiled by Miss Helen Maxwell, Assistant in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh.  244 pp., index, two appendices [the above-mentioned plant lists], ill. with b&w photos and maps on the end-papers.  a very rare and extremely important highly detailed account of Farrer's tragic final expedition.  a v.g., clean, tight and attractive copy in original plum cloth binding.  $150

Marguerite Duval, THE KING'S GARDEN.  (Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 1982)  translated by Annette Tomarken and Claudie Cowen. 214 pp., ill., index;  an important scholarly work on the often neglected stories of botanical expeditions conducted for the French Crown from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  very good copy in d.j.  $10

3widl asEdward I. Farrington, ERNEST H. WILSON - PLANT HUNTER.  (Boston: Stratford, 1931)  1978 pp., ill., includes extensive list of plant introductions; Published a year after his death, this remains the first of the renowned plant hunter's standard biographies.  minor edge wear, o/w a very good copy in green cloth binding.  $20

Mark Flanagan & Tony Kirkham, PLANTS FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: New Explorations in the Far East.  (Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2005)  large format octavo, 312 pp., index, bibliography, ill. with color photos taken in the field.  The little-known story of recent plant-hunting exploits in eastern Asia and the Orient.  very good copy in d.j.  $20

Daniel Foley, THE FLOWERING WORLD OF CHINESE WILSON.  (NY: Macmillan, 1969)  233 pp., ill., bibliography; a brief biographical sketch followed by selections from his writings & descriptive information on his most famous plant introductions.  very good copy in d.j.  $5

Daniel Foley, THE FLOWERING WORLD OF CHINESE WILSON.  (NY: Macmillan, 1969)  233 pp., ill., bibliography; a brief biographical sketch followed by selections from his writings & descriptive information on his most famous plant introductions.  very good copy in d.j.  signed by the author.  $10

T. Harper Goodspeed, PLANT HUNTING IN THE ANDES.  (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1961 [1941])  429 pp., many photos;  An excellent detailed account of plant exploration in the Andes between 1935 and 1939.  very good copy in torn d.j.  $20

Jaime Jaramillo-Arango [compiler], THE JOURNALS OF HIPOLITO RUIZ, Spanish Botanist in Peru and Chile, 1777-1788.  (Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1998)  Translated by Richard Evans Schultes and Maria Jose Nemry von Thenen de Jaramillo-Arango, 357 pp., indices, ill. with color reproductions of early maps and b&w reproduction of journal pages.  A meticulously reproduced work presenting this important manuscript journal for the world for the first time.  very good copy in d.j.  $20

Frank Kingdon-Ward, PILGRIMAGE FOR PLANTS.  (London: Harrap, 1960)  191 pp., index, ill., appendices, complete bibliography of the authors writings and a list of his expeditions; Includes a brief biographical sketch by William T. Stearn--the author's final work, published posthumously.  very good copy in soiled, torn d.j.  $25  

Frank Kingdon‑Ward, PLANT HUNTING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.  (London: Minerva Press, 1974)  383 pp., i l l .; Covers his trave l s in 1926 and 1928 in Burma and Upper Assam . origina l l y pub l ished in 1930, is very scarce in the origina l edition.  This is an exce l l ent qua l ity reprint and has a l so become rather scarce itse l f.  very good copy in s l ight l y worn d.j.  $15

Roy Lancaster, A PLANTSMAN IN NEPAL.  (Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors Club, 1995)  240 pp., quarto index, ill., appendices, bibliography; the revised and expanded edition of the above work.  very good copy in d.j.  $35

Roy Lancaster, PLANT HUNTING IN NEPAL.  (London: Croom Helm, 1981)  194 pp., index, ill., appendices, bibliography; becoming quite scarce: an account of an expedition in the autumn of 1971 in eastern Nepal.  very good copy in d.j.  $20

Prudence Leith-Ross, THE JOHN TRADESCANTS: Gardeners To the Rose and Lily Queen.  (London: Peter Owen, 1984)  320 pp., index, notes, appendices, genealogical chart; ill. in b&w from period sources.  a well-researched recent work, already scarce, drawing on some newly uncovered original source materials.  near fine copy in d.j.  $20

Kenneth Lemmon, THE GOLDEN AGE OF PLANT HUNTERS.  (S. Brunswick, NJ: Barnes, 1969)  quarto, 229 pp., index, well ill. in color and b&w; a well researched & written work containing fresh new material covering the period 1760-1860, that has become rather scarce.  very good copy in worn d.j.  $10

Charles Lyte, SIR JOSEPH BANKS: 18th Century Explorer, Botanist and Entrepreneur.  (Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1980)  248 pp., index, bibliography, ill. in color and b&w.  The best work on Banks to date, and now very scarce.  fine copy in d.j.  $20

Ann Lindsay Mitchell & Syd House, DAVID DOUGLAS: Explorer and Botanist.  (London: Aurum Press, 1999)  241 pp., index, bibliography, appendices, ill, with b&w photos and reproductions of documents.  an excellent new study of this plant hunter's work in the Pacific Northwest and Hudson's Bay.  very good copy in d.j.  $20

William Morwood, TRAVELLER IN A VANISHED LANDSCAPE, The Life and Times of David Douglas.  (NY: Potter, 1973)  244 pp., ill., bibliography;  The American imprint of the only available interpretive work on Douglas and his travels.  very good copy in slightly worn d.j.  $10

William Morwood, TRAVELLER IN A VANISHED LANDSCAPE, The Life and Times of David Douglas.  (London: Gentry, 1973)  244 pp., ill., bibliography;  The scarce English imprint of the only available interpretive Douglas and his travels.  very good copy in slightly worn d.j.  $15

Susan Munger, COMMON TO THIS COUNTRY: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark.  (NY: Artisan, 2003)  Foreword by Verlyn Klinkenborg.  128 pp., bibliography, map, ill. with lovely water colors by Charlotte Staub Thomas and reproduction of old documents.  an attractive work on the 200+ plants collected on their expedition.  very good copy in d.j.  $15

Karl Sabbagh, THE RUM AFFAIR: The True Story of a Botanical Fraud.  (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000)  276 pp., index, Notes, appendix, ill. with b&w photos.  The fascinating account of a botanical hoax committed by British botanist Heslip Harrison, who claimed to find important new plant species on the desolate island of Rum in the Hebrides in the 1940s.  The fraud was uncovered by botanist/author John Raven, but was not revealed until following Raven's death in 1980.  very good copy in d.j.  $5

Nicola Shulman, A RAGE FOR ROCK GARDENING: The Story of Reginald Farrer: gardner, writer & plant collector.  (Boston: David L. Godine, 2002)  120 pp., index, ill. with a few contemporary color and b&w plates.  A highly readable new biography of the unforgettable plant hunter, who packed many adventures into a 40‑year life.  very good copy in d.j.  $10

F[rank] Smythe, THE VALLEY OF THE FLOWERS.  (NY: Norton: 1949)  first American edition.  322 pp., index, 2 maps and 16 color plates; photographic and botanical notes and list of plants collected.  The author was a mountain climber and amateur gardener who travelled to the Bhyundar Valley in 1937 and collected 250 different plants at high elevations.  owner's name, front end-papers darkened from contact with acidic paper and tape, o/w a very good copy in well preserved d.j., with an original review (probably from the New York Times) included.  $15

F[rank] Smythe, THE VALLEY OF THE FLOWERS.  (NY: Norton: 1949)  first American edition.  322 pp., index, 2 maps and 16 color plates; photographic and botanical notes and list of plants collected.  The author was a mountain climber and amateur gardener who travelled to the Bhyundar Valley in 1937 and collected 250 different plants at high elevations.  very good copy in darkened, slightly torn d.j.  $10

Stephen Spongberg, A REUNION OF TREES: The Discovery of Exotic Plants and Their Introduction into North American and European Landscapes.  (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990)  quarto, 270 pp., index, bibliography, notes, ill. from period source materials.  an excellent work on trees and shrubs brought back by plant hunters, emphasizing those brought to the Arnold Arboretum.  very good copy in d.j.  $10

W[illiam] B[ertram] Turrill, JOSEPH DALTON HOOKER.  (London: Scientific Book Club, 1963)  228 pp., index, bibliography, 3 maps.  An older but still useful biography of the famous scientist and plant hunter.  very good copy in slightly worn d.j.  $5

[Michael] Tyler Whittle, THE PLANT HUNTERS.  (Phila., Chilton, 1970)  281 pp., ill., index;  probably the most readable of the general works on plant hunters.  very good copy in slightly worn d.j.  $10   

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