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The Highgrove Florilegium

The Highgrove Florilegium

Fine, 2 vols, limited edition of 175 numbered sets, 124 coloured plates. In half red goatskin over red marbled boards. Spines, raised bands, gilt tooling, titles in gilt to green morocco labels. Internally, Vol 1, 2008, half title, tp in red & black, [1] preface signed by Prince Charles, [3] Introduction, [2] Brief History, [1], [2] Artists dedication, Followed by 61 sections each containing page with artists & plant name, text description to verso, full page coloured illustration, signed by the artist with the embossed & numbered copyright stamp to bottom corner, [1] list of artists, [1], [1] founding subscribers, [1], [1] limitation. Vol 2, 2009, half title, rubricated title page, [1], [1] artists dedication, [1], followed by sections 62-124 each containing page with artist & plant name, description & full page coloured illustration, [1] artist list, [1], [4] artist biographies, [2] plant index, [2] blank, [1] limitation leaf, [1] founding subscribers, [1] subscribers. Stunnibg. (Folio, 471*650 mm). This unique publication handsomely depicts Art and Science harmoniously brought together by superlative traditional craftsmanship and design that makes use of 21st century technology. Over seven years, a nominated group of leading botanical artists from around the world were invited to paint selected plants from the garden of TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. The watercolours are reproduced in all their glory, from the exuberant Rhododendron to the more delicate Cistus. The 124 plates of plants, fruits and vegetables are collected in two volumes, each plate accompanied by a scientific botanical text describing their habitat and giving their Latin name and family.
An Entire Body of Philosophy

An Entire Body of Philosophy, According to the Principles of the Famous Renate Des Cartes,

LE GRAND Anthony 1629-1699. BLOME Richard -1705. VG+, 1694, 1st English edition, 97 pls. In contemporary, boxed calf boards. Calf reback to style, raised bands, decorative gilt tooling, gilt title to red morocco label. Internally, frontis, [30], [7] pp – illustrations, [1], 403, [1], 1-92, 97-263 pp (but complete), 97 pls of 100? (number of plates varies from copy to copy – ESTC), board tips repaired, sm hole to fep, paper repair to A2, some marginal light damp staining, some offsetting to last few leaves, old ink number to fpd, sm binders label to epd. But a very clean, tight copy. (Folio, 219*337 mm). (ESTC R223323. Wing 950. Lowndes, 1333). A reissue of the 1794 edition with less printer details. Le Grand was a French Recollect and Cartesian philosopher. Born in Douai, Spanish Netherlands, he was attached at an early age to the English community of St. Bonaventure’s convent there, and became a Franciscan Recollect friar, and taught philosophy and divinity. Sent on the English mission, he resided for many years in Oxfordshire, and in 1695 he was tutor in the family of Henry Fermor of Tusmore. His advocacy of Cartesianism met with strong resistance from Samuel Parker, who would become bishop of Oxford.[1] Towards the close of his life he engaged in sharp controversies on metaphysical topics with John Sergeant, a secular priest. At the twenty-third chapter of his order, assembled in London on 9 July 1693, he was elected provincial, and he held that office till his death on 9 August 1699. He lived a studious and retired life. He is noted for the effort he made to render the approach of Descartes more apparently scholastic, to improve its reception with traditionalists. (see Wiki)
The Ladies' Flower-Garden [Includes: Ornamental Annuals; Ornamental Bulbous Plants; Ornamental Perennials; British Wild Flowers; Ornamental Greenhouse Plants.

The Ladies’ Flower-Garden [Includes: Ornamental Annuals; Ornamental Bulbous Plants; Ornamental Perennials; British Wild Flowers; Ornamental Greenhouse Plants.

LOUDON Mrs [Jane, formerly WEBB] 1807-1858 VG+, 5 volumes in 6, 1840-1860, 304 (complete) hand coloured plates, depicting 1582 flowers! Ornamental Annuals, 1840, 1st ed, 48 pls (hand coloured), lacks half title, [5], (viii-xvi), [1], (ii-iv), [1], 2-272 pp, 207*269 mm, ink name to verso TP. Ornamental Bulbous Plants, 1841, 1st ed, 58 pls (hand coloured), lacks h/t, [3], (vi-x), [1], 2-270 pp, 251*269 mm, marbled endpapers. Ornamental Perennials, 1843 & 1844, 1st ed, 96 pls (in total & hand coloured), half title, [2], [3], (iv-x), [1], 2-190 pp, 45 pls; half title, [5], (vi-x), [1], 51 pls, book marks to fpds & ink name to feps, a.e.g. British Wild Flowers, 1846, 1st ed, 60 pls (hand coloured), lacks h/t, [3], (vi-xvi), [1], 2-311 pp, 216*274 mm. Ornamental Greenhouse Plants, 1860, 3rd ed, 42 pls (hand coloured), half title, [5], (vi-xii), [1], 2-215 pp, 231*299 mm, bookplate to fpd. All in modern dark green half morocco, raised bands, gilt tooling & titles, over various boards – Annuals in contemp. green cloth; Bulbous in contemp green cloth. Perennials both vols in modern green marbled boards; Wild Flowers in modern green marbled boards; Greenhouse Plants in contemp embossed green cloth with gilt plant. Very occasional light spotting, but a set rarely found in such clean condition. Loudon, writer on botany and magazine editor, who when production of her husband’s Arboretum (1838) saddled the family with debts of £10,000, turned again to authorship, and tapped the ready Victorian market for books popularizing horticulture, botany, and natural history. Instructions in Gardening for Ladies (1840) was hugely successful; 1350 copies were sold on the day of publication alone. The Ladies’ Flower-Garden of Ornamental Annuals (1840), the first in a much-reprinted series of informative illustrated books, was followed by others about bulbs, greenhouse plants, and perennials. See ODNB.