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Cumulative index to Garden History Society's Quarterly Newsletter, Garden History journal, Newsletter (1981-86) and Occasional Papers 1 & 2

By: Desmond, Ray

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Garden History Society: n.d. (1986)

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: 10854

Condition: As new


Covers all the Garden History Society's publications from 1966 to 1986. 12 pp. View more info

Great natural history books and their creators

By: Desmond, Ray

Price: £20.00

Publisher: The British Library / Oak Knoll Press: 2003

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: 7259

ISBN: 0 7123 4774 7

Condition: Fine


Ambitiously conceived and grandly executed natural history books, with their sumptuous large-format illustrations, are now some of the most expensive antiquarian collectors' items. This book attempts to put them in context; though the last chapter (on 'clerics as authors') does sit rather uncomfortably alongide treatments of Temple of Flora, Birds of America and Flora Graeca. Printed on high quality heavyweight paper, this book's 176 pages are crammed with interesting insights. In the words of one of the chapter headings, 'a curious tale'. View more info

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker: traveller and plant collector

By: Desmond, Ray

Price: £24.00

Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club & R.B.G. Kew: 1999

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: 2869

ISBN: 1 85149 305 0

Condition: Fine


Sir Joseph Hooker was well known as Director of Kew Gardens, but his explorations of the Himalayas and the Southern Hemisphere are equally distinguished aspects of his career. A close friend of Charles Darwin, he too derived scientific insights and inspiration from his visits to the exotic island floras of New Zealand, Australia and the Falklands, as well as encountering the very distinctive Cape Flora of South Africa. The exquisitely Colonial tableau of an Indian collector presenting him looking a bit like Edward Lear) with a Rhododendron - described with superb tact by Ray Desmond as a 'whim... View more info

A century of Kew plantsmen

By: Desmond, Ray and Hepper, F. Nigel

Price: £10.00

Publisher: Kew Guild: 1993

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: 11055

ISBN: 0 9504149 1 3

Condition: V.g.


A history of the Kew Guild. (8), 188 pp. View more info